The rumor mills are churning once again. Ariana Grande has a new boyfriend, and apparently, it's none other than Pete Davidson. Wait... who? If you don't quite recognize the name, don't blame yourself. He's not quite as famous as some of the other big stars today, or Ariana Grande herself. But he is definitely one of the biggest rising stars in the entertainment industry, and this 24-year-old comedian has some serious potential.
If you're a fan of Saturday Night Live, you've probably seen him before. He's also been in a few movies over the years. We can't be sure how these two met, but they have worked together before on set. Love is in the air between these two, and it's plain to see just by going on social media right now, where the pair is flirting with each other. Will this relationship go anywhere? That remains to be seen.
However, before we get ahead of ourselves, let's find out a little bit more about this Pete Davidson fellow, shall we? This article will tell you all you need to know about Ariana Grande's newest love interest, and by the end, you'll have to decide for yourself whether you think this is going to be a relationship that will actually last...
15 He's One Of The Youngest Cast Members On SNL
Pete Davidson might be somewhat of an unknown name, but don't expect that to stay the same anytime soon. This young actor and comedian is on the fast track to glory with some very interesting parts in all kinds of different movies, comedy acts, and of course, television. Expect to hear a lot more from this amazing talent in the near future.
His big break arguably came when he was made a cast member of the popular TV series, Saturday Night Live. Fans of the show know that this is one of the most hilarious shows on TV, and it's made doubly interesting by the fact that it's all taped live.
Pete Davidson might be a newcomer to the series, but he has fit in amazingly well with the rest of the cast, and his strong improv skills make him a perfect addition to the cast.
And what makes this all the more amazing is the fact that Pete Davidson is still incredibly young. At only 24 years of age, he's actually one of the youngest members of the Saturday Night Live cast ever, and definitely one of the younger faces on the show today. But with that youth comes fresh energy and a brand new, millennial-style take on comedy, and the fans love it.
14 He Has Borderline Personality Disorder
One of the things that has come to define Pete Davidson is the fact that he's been diagnosed with BPD, or Borderline Personality Disorder. This has been an honest, vocalized struggle in Pete Davidson's life, and something that he's not trying to hide. In fact, he has been praised for being so open about it and talking about his mental illness instead of trying to hide it.
Rolling Stone quoted the young actor when he was talking about getting diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. He stated: "They told me there, they're like, 'You might be bipolar,' and I was like, 'OK.' So they're like, 'We're gonna try you on these meds. [...] It is working, slowly but surely," he said.
"I've been having a lot of problems. This whole year has been an [explicit] nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this."
MTV also quoted Pete Davidson as he explained how people with mental illness can still have good relationships. He stated: "Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they can’t be happy and in a relationship. It also doesn’t mean that person makes the relationship toxic. Everybody is different and there are a lot of treatments for mental illnesses and I have done/am doing all of them … I just think it’s [messed] up to stigmatize people as crazy and say that they are unable to do stuff that anyone can do."
13 His Relationship With Ariana Is Apparently "Very Casual"
The talk of the town right now is the fact that Pete Davidson is, in fact, dating Ariana Grande. How did this happen? Where did it all come from? These are some of the questions that everyone is asking themselves, as this news came as a little bit of a shock to fans of both celebrities. But it seems to be legitimately happening, and we're pretty happy for both of them.
But let's not get too ahead of ourselves - and we're not going to be expecting a proposal from Pete Davidson anytime soon.
According to insiders quoted by People, the relationship is (at least right now) extremely casual in nature.
It seems like no one wants to dive into this relationship too fast, and that's totally understandable. Right now, it seems like these two are just enjoying each other and having fun in the relationship.
But the insider from People also claimed that Ariana Grande was quite "smitten" by Pete Davidson, and the two seemed pretty close backstage. But again, it's casual right now. Although who knows what will happen in the near future... It's actually quite understandable that both of them are taking it pretty slow. Ariana Grande just got out of a long-term relationship with Mac Miller, remember.
12 He's Had Many Personal Battles That He Sought Out Treatment For
If you're a fan of Pete Davidson, then you probably know about his love for certain substances. He's a famous user of one particular substance, although recent events have caused him to cut down on his usage a little bit, and even get professional help as a result. He used to think that his mental illness was caused by substance use, but he later figured out the two were not related. Nevertheless, this has been another notable part of the actor's journey so far in his career.
Rolling Stone posted a quote from the actor, explaining his decision to get help for substance issues. He stated: "Around October [or] September last year, I started having mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after. Blind Rage. I never really did any other [substances], so I was like, 'I'm gonna try to go to [a facility]. Maybe that’ll be helpful."
Rolling Stone later quoted the actor as posting on his Instagram: "Just wanted to let you guys know I'm okay. I know I've kinda been missing, on social media and on the show. I quit [substances] and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years."
11 He Was Dating Larry David's Daughter
We've already mentioned the fact that Ariana Grande is fresh off the heels of her last relationship, the long-term love affair with Mac Miller; a musician that she has known for many years and shared a deep connection with.
They called off the relationship recently but did so in an amicable way that ensures the pair are still friends. But what about Pete Davidson?
Well, as it turns out he is no stranger to love either. And like Ariana, he just got out of a relationship too; one that was seemingly quite serious. And it wasn't just any woman he was dating - it was actually the daughter of a famous comedian - Larry David.
According to Hollywood Life, he dated Cazzie David for two years, from 2016 until recently in 2018. Before that, as the article reports, he dated Carly Aquilino.
The fact that both Ariana and Pete Davidson are fresh out of relationships is quite revealing actually. Could this be one of the reasons that they were so drawn to each other? When people have something in common, like just getting out of a long-term relationship, it can really bring them closer. Maybe they recognized a sense of emotional anguish in each other that naturally attracted them to one another...
10 He Lost His Father During The 9/11 Attacks
Although Pete Davidson is living the high life right now, there was a time not too long ago when this person was feeling totally crushed. We are talking of course about September 11, 2001, when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center Towers. It was a shocking and disturbing event for almost the entire world to witness, but it hit Pete Davidson extra hard... Because it affected him in a very tangible way.
When the towers were hit by the planes, Pete Davidson's father was one of the first men on the scene. That's because he was one of the firefighters working that day, and just one of many who lost their lives.
This was something tragic that Pete Davidson had to suffer through, and he grew up through most of his childhood and youth without the important role model of a father figure.
But this star chooses to see the bright side in everything. As a comedian, he sometimes uses his father's death in some of his jokes, which highlights his typically dark sense of humor. It's a coping mechanism, of course, and People quoted the actor and comedian as Tweeting: “All jokes aside. There’s not a day that goes by where I dont think of u. Ur my hero. Cant wait to see u again someday."
9 He Has Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD. Although it's caused by problems in the bowels, it can also cause effects and symptoms all over the body, such as fatigue, weight loss, and loss of appetite, to name but a few. Although most people can function well with Crohn's, it's definitely something that can cause pain and discomfort throughout life.
Pete Davidson is one of those people who are unlucky enough to be diagnosed with Crohn's, and he's had to deal with the effects for most of his life now. It's not easy, but he manages to perform his stand up routines and get his work done without too much hassle. It's definitely something that has come to define Pete Davidson.
As the LA Times reports, Pete Davidson is actually quite negatively affected by the pain and problems that are caused by Crohn's disease - so much so that he has been using certain medicinal substances to quell the pain and discomfort. He was also admitted to using these substances before performances. He explained: "I work really ... hard and I take care of my [life], and I need [substances] in order to do that because I have — I'm sick, I have Crohn's, so it sucks."
8 He Was Bullied In High School
Like a lot of kids these days, Pete Davidson didn't find it very easy to grow up. The young man was raised in Staten Island, where he admits that he was bullied without mercy. He also admits that he didn't really have any friends in school, and it was one of the worst periods of his life. This eventually led him to move away from that area, at which point the star says that things improved substantially.
E Online did an article about Pete Davidson, where the actor was quoted as he explained his hard upbringing and the bullying he suffered through. He explained:
"...I always thought there was something wrong with me, my whole entire life, I was like 'I have no friends, I've been to three different schools, everybody [dislikes] me...It has to be me.' Then I left Staten Island and I was like 'it was literally everybody else.'"
While the bullying must have been hard to endure for Pete Davidson, it probably influenced him to be strong and try harder to make it in his chosen career as a stand-up comedian. For some people, the more they are told that they're not good enough, the more they try to be strong and aim for the stars.
7 He Said That He Struggled After His Father's Passing
We've already mentioned the fact that Pete Davidson's dad passed away when he was just 7 years old. His father, Scott Davidson, passed away and left behind a young boy who really needed a father figure at that point in his life. E Online posted an article which claimed that the young boy pulled clumps of his hair out, and acted out in class as result of his father's passing. To say that it affected him greatly would be an understatement.
E Online quoted the young actor back in 2015 as saying: "When my dad died, I had to go to therapy. My therapist was Afghan. He would be like, 'How do you think your dad died?' I always wanted to be like, 'Why don't you tell me, man? I know you know.' Five people will laugh [when I tell this joke], and the rest will be like, 'Hmmmm, no.' But it's [so] funny! Things that I feel really sad about, I talk about. That way, if it's funny, it doesn't hurt anymore."
Judging by the humor in that quote, we can see quite clearly that just like the bullying, this influenced Pete Davidson's life and only made his resolve stronger in the long run. The fact that he is able to joke about it show's a unique and interesting perspective on life.
6 He Once Roasted Justin Bieber
One of the moments that really brought Pete Davidson to a lot of people's attention was when he roasted Justin Bieber. It was during this comedy event that, as quoted by E Online, he turned to Justin Bieber and said: "I lost my dad on 9/11, and I always regretted growing up without a dad—until I met your dad, Justin. Now I'm glad mine's dead." He then turned to Snoop Dogg and said: “Soul Plane was the worst experience of my life involving a plane.”
After this event, which was hilarious in so many ways, many people had to ask themselves: just who is Pete Davidson and where did he come from?
Pete Davidson was just 21 at the time, but he had announced himself onto the grand stage with some amazing, controversial and hilarious jokes. A great way to get yourself noticed - which was exactly what this young comedian needed.
The same events are playing out now, with the news that he dating Ariana Grande. People are beginning to get more and more curious about him and what he's all about, and one has to wonder whether this increased publicity will do him any favors down the road in his career...
5 In 2016, He Made Forbe's 30 Under 30 List
We've mentioned the fact that Pete Davidson has a bright future in the entertainment industry, and judging by what Pete has been involved in over the last few years, that's plain to see for anyone with an ounce of sense. But don't just take our word for it. Forbes was so impressed with Pete Davidson's work and comedic skills that they placed him on their "30 under 30" list for 2016. It's truly an honor for him to be named alongside other stars of 2016, and he's still one of the stars out there with the most potential.
One of the reasons Forbes rated him so highly was because of his work on 'Saturday Night Live'.
They were obviously fans of the show, and they pointed out that if Pete Davidson keeps going down this path, he might just follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest comedians - those who have worked previously in small roles on Saturday Night Live just like Pete Davidson, before making the leap to bigger and better things. Who knows, Pete Davidson could very well be the next Will Ferrell or Eddie Murphy. The sky is truly the limit for this young man, and that's what Forbes recognized when they put him on their list.
4 He's A Huge Fan Of Harry Potter
Harry Potter was (and still is) a story that the younger generations love and cherish. It's something that only us young folk understand, and most of us can remember the days when the first books and movies came out, and the awe and wonder that came along with it. Well, as it turns out, there are few people in this world who love Harry Potter more than Pete Davidson.
Pete Davidson is a huge fan of the Harry Potter Books and movies, and he has revealed as much in an interview quoted by Rolling Stone. He explained: "When I was seven or eight, the first movie came out on my birthday, and I read all the books. I was very excited. It's not a lame-ass love story that they try to put into everything. Harry doesn't get [girls], like, once. It's great. He doesn't change his [expletive] haircut or dye his hair like they do in Divergent. It all [really] sucks."
But he doesn't just love Harry Potter - he's obsessed with it. That's why he has several tattoos showcasing his love for the franchise. According to Rolling Stone, he has more than one tattoo just dedicated to the Deathly Hallows installment alone. These tattoos were all showed off by the actor on his Instagram, but sadly he has deactivated this account.
3 He Once Did A Hilarious Skit With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Over the course of his involvement with Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson has been able to make all kinds of amazing jokes, and get involved with all kinds of different celebrities. There are a few standout moments for him on the show, and tons that his fans will no doubt be able to remember clearly. However, there is one moment in particular that he will be remembered for on the show so far, and that involved none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
During this scene, Pete Davidson and Dwayne Johnson were doing a parody of sorts about Indiana Jones. Dwayne Johnson was dressed up as Indiana Jones, and Pete Davidson was dressed as his sidekick. During the skit, they were bitten by poisonous animals, and so they had to suck the poison out of each other's body parts.
This basically amounted to Pete Davidson getting into some hilarious positions with The Rock, and everyone found it pretty funny.
Talking about the experience afterwards, as posted by Above Average, the star explained that it was a standout moment for him as well, although perhaps not for the reasons you expected. You see, he explained that his girlfriend always like The Rock, which made him jealous. But after he had the "intimate" scene with The Rock, she ended up being jealous of him!
2 Ariana And Pete Have Been Flirting On Social Media
So let's just take a step back and return to the gossip that got this whole article started. What exactly is going on with Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande? That's pretty much a mystery right now, although more will probably be revealed in the near future. What we do know is that they're having a pretty casual yet warm relationship and that nothing really serious is happening yet.
But some of the biggest clues about this blossoming relationship can be found in the two celebs' Instagram pages. We all know that you can tell a lot by who "likes" various photos, and who tags people in their posts. Well, if you believe that every action on social media has meaning behind it, then these two might just be flirting on Instagram underneath everyone's noses.
That's what E Online seems to think, and they've posted some pretty interesting evidence to back up their claims. The article pointed out that Pete Davidson just commented on Ariana Grande's photo: "Love this caption. Caption queen." And then Ariana Grande replied by saying "King of loving my captions." They've also been liking each other's photos, so it's clear there's something going on here.
1 He Is Respectful Of Women
Even though Pete Davidson is no longer with Cazzie, we can learn a lot from him by how he treated his girlfriend when they were together. And the truth is that he was nothing short of an incredible gentleman in everything he said about her publicly. It's clear that when it comes to women, he is incredibly respectful and polite, and doesn't take love for granted. It's easy to see this from looking at his comments about his ex-girlfriend, which seem to ooze with praise and passion.
E Online quoted the actor as saying about his past love, Cazzie David:
"I just love her very, very much. She's the most beautiful girl in the world, look how lucky I am. She's so smart, look how smart she is. She is a very, very wonderful lady..."
"...I don't know how she's still with me. Being in a relationship with someone like myself must be incredibly difficult..but it's always exciting," he cracked. "There's always something new, for sure."
If Ariana Grande is going to be dating this guy in the near future, she just might have picked a keeper. If he knows how to respect Ariana and treat her right, he just might have a chance at lasting quite a long time with her...