Pete Davidson with his former fiancée, Ariana Grande, at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in August. (Photo: JASON SZENES, EPA-EFE)
Pete Davidson turns 25 Friday and, all things considered, it’s reasonable to expect the “Saturday Night Live” quipster is ready to bid adieu to 24. The last 365 days dealt Davidson the pain of two break-ups and, more recently, backlash from a widely-slammed joke about wounded war veteran Dan Crenshaw.
Here are the highs and lows from Davidson’s tumultuous year.
Nov. 18, 2017:More jeers for his jests
Davidson’s Crenshaw remarks aren’t Davidson’s only cracks to cause waves. A little more than a month after opening up about his borderline personality disorder during “Weekend Update,” Davidson returned to the desk to trash his hometown of Staten Island. He made headlines for the roasting, which included jokes like: “I know Staten Island isn’t all heroin and racist cops. It also has meth and racist firefighters.”
Davidson’s pointed punchlines were celebrated and slammed on social media, with one Twitter user writing: “As a matter of fact I think SNL’s Pete Davidson should take his one note act over to the Postcards September 11th Memorial on Staten Island where the names of heroes including the ‘racist’ FDNY Firefighters and NYPD Police Officers are engraved and do his (expletive) jokes there.”
It’s worth noting Davidson’s father was a firefighter who died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Dec. 15, 2017: He’s still with her, says his Hillary Clinton tattoo
Before Davidson wiped his Instagram account, he shared with followers a bit of new ink toasting a defeated presidential candidate.
“Wanted to get @hillaryclinton a Christmas gift so I got a tattoo of my hero,” Davidson captioned an image of the illustration, ABC News and The Washington Post reported. “Thanks for being such a bad(expletive) and one of the strongest people in the universe.” The tattoo was Clinton-approved, per the outlets. “Thanks, @petedavidson. This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years,” Clinton supposedly commented. “But seriously, I’m honored. Merry Christmas my friend.”
Pete Davidson with ex-girlfriend Cazzie David in 2016. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
May 2018: Love lost and love gained
The same month Davidson confirmed he and Larry David’s talented offspring Cazzie David had gone their separate ways, he and Ariana Grande became Instagram official.
During an appearance on “Open Late with Peter Rosenberg,” Davidson confirmed his breakup. “We’re not together anymore,” a seemingly uncomfortable Davidson remarked of his longtime love. “Very talented girl. She’ll be great, and she’ll do fine,” he added.
Later in the month, Davidson seemed to confirm reports he and Grande were an item by sharing an Instagram that depicted the two in “Harry Potter”-themed robes with a coy caption: “the chamber of secrets has been opened …”
June 20, 2018: An engagement is confirmed
While chatting with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show,” Davidson confirmed he and Grande were engaged.
“I feel like I won a contest (getting engaged to her),” he said. “It’s so sick. It’s so lit.”
September 2018: Becoming a pig parent
In mid-September, a pig made its debut on Grande’s social media. Davidson opened up about caring for the pet, dubbed Piggy Smallz, during an interview with Seth Meyers on Sept. 28.
“The first two days it was really new and didn’t move much,” he told his host. “Now it’s starting to bite, and you know… it’s a pig.”
Davidson showed his devotion to the animal he described as “bougie” by getting a tattoo on his stomach. “Yeah, I don’t think; I just kind of do,” Davidson said on “Late Night”.
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