Pete Davidson’s whirlwind romance, engagement and break-up with Ariana Grande, 25, was one of the biggest gossip site stories of last year. Now, the Saturday Night Live comedian is addressing his five-month-long relationship with the singer publicly in his standup routine.
At recent gigs in New Jersey and New York, Davidson, 25, took Grande to task for dropping her single "Thank U, Next" mere minutes before he was set to take the stage on SNL. "Did you know you could only release music at 11 p.m. on a Saturday? Did you know? Right before your ex has a live show?" he joked. "I called 'Music' and they said they can't release it at any other time."
The comedian, who has seemingly moved on – there have been reports of a romance with Kate Beckinsale – admits that the break-up was hard, especially since he was expected to perform live in the weeks following the split. The night the song was released, he says his friends provided moral support in his dressing room by making jokes about the situation.
After a few months of non-stop paparazzi pics, Davidson has taken measures to protect his privacy. Audience members at his show are asked to lock their phones in bags before entering. According to sources, Davidson came up with the phone security idea to avoid media leaks. "I spent $20,000 to lock up all your phones," he reportedly said.
In the song, "Thank U, Next," Grande references each of her ex-boyfriends, singing "Thought I'd end up with Sean/But he wasn't a match/Wrote some songs about Ricky/Now I listen and laugh/Even almost got married/And for Pete, I'm so thankful/Wish I could say, "Thank you" to Malcolm/'Cause he was an angel." Malcom refers to Mac Miller, Grande’s boyfriend of two years who died of a drug overdose in his Studio City home last September 7 while Grande was still dating Davidson.
On December 15, two months after their break-up, Davidson shared an Instagram post in which he mentioned being suicidal. He then proceeded to delete his account. Grande, who became concerned, asked the New York Police Department to conduct a wellness check on Davidson, who was found safe at 30 Rock.
Davidson has recently been sharing a comedy bill with John Mulaney. The two have announced new shows for February 17 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $49 each and are available here.