“I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so.”
Social media erupted with words of love for the 25-year-old comedian and native New Yorker who first appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2014. His name was trending on Twitter.
Lieutenant Paul Ng of the New York Police Department later confirmed the department did a “wellness check and made contact” with Davidson following his post.
Davidson appeared on Saturday Night Live the same night he deleted his Instagram account.
He introduced musical guest Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson for their second song, live. He was also part of a pre-taped sketch about auditions for a new Oscars host where he impersonated Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek.
Davidson’s concerning Instagram statement came after a previous post, where he praised Kanye West for speaking out about his own mental health issues in a Twitter post directed at Davidson’s ex, popstar Ariana Grande.
“Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health,” Davidson wrote in another deleted post. “I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this. We need people like Kanye.”
Davidson has been open about his mental health struggles in the past. In September, the comedian discussed his borderline personality disorder in an interview with Howard Stern, describing it as “everything feeling so extreme.”
Several celebrities reached out to show support for Davidson after his concerning post on Saturday, and shared encouraging messages, including Taraji P. Henson.
“I love you so much! Your voice is needed! Your life matters! You matter, baby!” her comment read. “Your light is bright, even if you don’t see it at times.”
Ariana Grande also responded, apologising for the comments she had made about West, which the rapper called out for making light of his mental health.
“Man, i’m so sorry i told a dumb joke. i really didn’t mean any harm. all i want everyone to be healthy and happy. so desperately. please. my god,” she tweeted.
She then followed-up with a tweet directed at Davidson.
“I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything. I know u have everyone u need and that’s not me, but i’m here too,” she said.
Jada Pinkett Smith also tweeted her support.
“Pete Davidson… hang in there. There is a lot of help out here,” she wrote. “Surrender to some love some where around you… today! Right now! And then… let in the help that will become available. I’m praying for you Pete. I’ve been there. It gets better.”
In a series of tweets, rapper Nicki Minaj also encouraged her followers to give Davidson love and talked about mental health.
“Go and give this man some love. My God” she tweeted. “We can be so insensitive. God bless Kanye and Pete. Being flippant about mental illness speaks more about you than them. Stop saying the word love and live it. Love is an action.”
Earlier this month, Davidson took to Instagram to criticise online commenters who he said had bullied him in the wake of his high-profile split from Grande.
“No matter how hard the internet or anyone tries to make me kill myself, I won’t. I’m upset I even have to say this,” he wrote in the post.
Davidson and Grande were engaged in June, but broke up just months later.
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USA Today, with AP