Pete Davidson Talks Childhood Suicide Attempt, Calls Fiancee Ariana Grande the 'Coolest, Hottest, Nicest Person I've Ever Met'

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Pete Davidson attends the 2016 American Museum of Natural History Museum Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on Nov. 17, 2016 in New York City. 

In a new interview with Variety, Pete Davidson opened up about battling depression as a child and his favorite person, fiancée Ariana Grande.   

After losing his firefighter father in the September 11 terrorist attacks at age 7, Davidson had a difficult childhood, battling depression and Crohn's disease. In grade school, he attempted suicide by trying to drown himself in a pool. After turning to marijuana for relief from the chronic pain brought on by Crohn's, he landed in rehab twice and was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Now on medication and smoking again, he says, "I took all these mental health classes and really spent a lot of time getting me good."   

Since his famously fast engagement to Grande in June, the comedian's popularity has exploded, and the pop star even named a song after him on her just-released album Sweetener. On meeting the pop singer on the set of SNL in 2016, he told Variety, "I was obviously ogling and trying not to be creepy." A few years later, Davidson proposed to Grande in their shared Chelsea apartment while hanging out in bed, not sure if she'd say yes.   

“I never thought I’d meet anyone like her,” he says of his fiancée. “I can’t even put into words how great of a person she is. I could cry. She’s the f---ing coolest, hottest, nicest person I’ve ever met.”   

Read the full interview here, and check out a clip from the interview below.


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