As if his nude Ken doll cover didn’t get enough attention, Pete Davidson is now talking about Ariana Grande for his Paper magazine cover.
He declined to make a direct comment about Grande. Instead, he said, “I don’t ever make public statements about relationships ’cause I just don’t think it’s right, you know? I usually express how I feel about anything through work. So, I hope she’s well. I hope she’s very happy. And that’s pretty much it. And print doesn’t usually age well.”
However, he did reveal what he had learned from past experiences. He said, “No expectations. Otherwise you’re gonna be resentful. It’s something I had to learn in a past relationship, which sucked to learn through that person, but it makes you better. I used to get really upset that this person didn’t “match” my intensity or how much I show by actions, you know? I’m not really good at accepting just words, ’cause people could say shit all the time. And this person was very word-heavy, so because of how insane I am, and how untrustworthy and scared I am, I couldn’t only take that… So, I had to learn that you just have to do stuff ’cause you want to do it.”
He continued, “I think when you first get in a relationship and you’re on television, you don’t realize that when you post a photo of you and your girlfriend, you’re pretty much announcing to the world your relationship. I didn’t know that because I know couples that are together that I followed that, you know, are my homies that work at Best Buy, and when they post each other’s picture all the time and there are no articles written about it or they’re not followed around, you forget that you have to approach it differently, which is really difficult for both [people in the relationship], because the second [the public] knows you’re together, it’s already against you. You’re losing. Because now they know you’re together, if you’re not [seen together], they know something went wrong. As opposed to like… people date. People date and are friends.”
He also talked about what he had learned from his dad dying at a young age. He said, “I say this all the time, but you’re not supposed to learn what death is until you’re in high school and that weird kid that you don’t know, like, falls asleep in the car in the garage with the exhaust on or one kid ODs—that’s when you’re first supposed to be shocked with death and learn about it. You’re not supposed to learn when you’re SEVEN… That’s just way too young. So I don’t necessarily think I was like ‘man of the house’ per se, but I definitely, mentally, learned a lot quicker than others… It’s another reason why I’m so affectionate, I think, because people like to be coddled or… taken care of. It’s nice to know that you’re safe, you know?”
He continued, “I wasn’t well liked in school growing up because I was weird because I was coping—dealing with personal stuff. So, I was acting out in school, and I was made fun of a bunch. So that’s why I started doing standup, because people had to listen to me. I always enjoyed comedy, but I also wanted to do it because I felt like it could get a lot off my chest. It’s the best form of therapy possible.”
Read Pete’s entire interview here.
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