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Saturday Night Live castmember and comedian Pete Davidson on Saturday deleted his Instagram account after he wrote that he doesn’t “want to be on this Earth anymore” in a post.
“I really don’t want to be on this Earth anymore. 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,” Davidson wrote.
An outpouring of support followed the post as “Pete Davidson” and “Pete” trended Saturday on Twitter.
Early Saturday afternoon, New York police told The Hollywood Reporter, “We are aware of the post and we are conducting an investigation and welfare check.”
Then at 3:45 p.m. PT, police told THR they had made contact with Davidson and he was “safe.” With their investigation complete, they referred all questions to NBC.
The Instagram message came hours after Davidson had posted in support of singer Kanye West, who had been tweeting about mental illness. “Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health,” Davidson wrote. “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. No one should ever point fingers at you for your bravery in speaking about mental health. I’m seriously disgusted.”
Also on Saturday, singer Ariana Grande, who was formerly engaged to Davidson, tweeted an apology for joking about West’s tweets days earlier. “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 wrote.
Added Grande in another tweet: “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.”
On Thursday, Grande had joked about Kanye West’s feud with singer Drake, as West accused Drake on Twitter of making fun of a performer with mental illness. Apparently in response to the feud, Grande wrote, “guys, i know there are grown men arguing online rn but miley and i dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight so if y’all could please jus behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick thank u.”
Fellow SNL castmember Chris Redd on Saturday tweeted, “Pass a little love to the people you love, today. And even more to the people you don’t!”
THR has reached out to NBC, Universal TV and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video to find out if Davidson is scheduled to be on the upcoming edition of SNL. They have yet to respond for comment.
Dec. 15, 12:05 p.m. Updated with Ariana Grande tweet.
Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m. Updated with New York police update.
Dec. 15, 2:18 p.m. Updated with Chris Redd tweet.
Dec. 15, 3:45 p.m. Updated with new comment from police.
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