Pete Davidson has had a rough couple months since calling off his engagement with Ariana Grande in October. Last month, he drew particular concern from fans and authorities when he posted a troubling note implying that he was contemplating ending his life. It seems Davidson has been getting the support he needs since the incident and even returned to the stand-up stage where he addressed the very public breakup and his personal beef with Louis CK.
Ariana Grande: “Diabolical Genius”
In a New Year’s Eve set in Boston, Davidson joked about hearing his name in Grande’s recent “thank u, next.” He noted that while many artists just allude to their exes a la Taylor Swift, Grande didn’t hold back.
“Here’s the thing about the breakup song. Usually breakup songs you know who it’s about but you don’t really know. That G named all of us,” he said, “Not this wonderful lady. This diabolical genius named all of us.” He also referred to what has come to be known as Big Dick Energy (BDE), saying Grande definitely has it.
Davidson added that the song dropped right before he was supposed to be on Saturday Night Live where he “had to put on a f–king duck hat and be like, ‘derrrp here’s the pizza!'” He shared that he listened to it for the first time with a group of friends and SNL castmates.
“It was a sad day. We didn’t know it was going to happen,” he said. “So I start playing it. And we’re all like, ‘Ehhh… it’s ok.’ We’re like ‘Okay, it’s not that bad for you.'” Although, Pete admitted the online criticism was a lot to bear after the song’s release.
“It made me see how ugly people can get, and how cool people can be,” he said.
He did seem to like the song at least superficially and called it “catchy” (well, duh!).
A Louis CK tattoo?
Pete also talked about the increasingly problematic Louis CK who recently made yet another standup appearance, this time insulting the Parkland March For Our Lives activists and non-binary people. Davidson revealed that CK once tried to get the younger comedian fired from SNL by telling show creator Lorne Michaels that he smokes too much marijuana.
“He told Lorne, ‘That Pete smokes so much weed that it makes people uncomfortable,'” Davidson divulged. “Then five years later, this motherf—er’s been locking doors and jerking off in front of people.”
He called back to the revelation later in the set during a bit about getting tattoos of famous people.
“I got a Harry Potter tattoo. Then the next day Alan Rickman, the guy who played Snape, died, and I was like, ‘Oh, what a weird coincidence,'” he said. “Then I got a Willy Wonka tattoo. Next day—Gene Wilder dies. Now I’m like, ‘Alright, that’s a coincidence, that’s weird.’ So I’m thinking of getting a tattoo of Louis C.K., what do you guys think?”
Looks like Ariana isn’t the only one turning 2018’s woes into artistic material.