On Monday, Pete Davidson spoke out about bullying that he has received from people encouraging him to take his own life.
It was strongly implied that at least some of these vicious trolls were misguided fans of Ariana Grande, his very recent ex.
Ariana herself is speaking out in Pete's defense.
After Pete shared his heartfelt post, Ariana shared an image of it along with a message of her own in her Instagram Stories.
"I know u already know this," Ari tells her fans and followers. "But I feel I need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others.”
That is a very delicate way of asking people to not be monstrous cyberbullies.
“I really don’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity," Ariana affirms.
She then reminds everyone: "I care deeply about Pete and his health."
"I’m asking you to please be gentler with others," Ariana emphasizes.
She then says that she wants people to do so "even on the internet."
"I've learned through my own mistakes," Ariana shares. "Not to be reactive on socials."
Sometimes, when you feel passionately about something, you speak out on social media.
It can make you look like an ass.
When you're Ariana, however, your words can be incredibly powerful. An impulsive tweet could ruin someone's day or their life.
"So," Ariana admits. "I do understand."
Ariana reminds her fans to have empathy and compassion for others.
"You truly don’t know what anybody is experiencing ever," Ari notes.
And she follows that by speaking, very generally, about how people so often hide their pain.
"Regardless of what they choose to display on social media or how they may appear in public," she writes.
In other words, just because Pete smiles and jokes on Saturday Night Live doesn't mean squat.
"I can promise u that," Ari affirms.
"So please," she implores her followers. "Let whatever point you’re trying to make go."
We cannot emphasize enough how diplomatically Ariana is phrasing her message.
This is smart -- it's a plea to her fans, rather than an attack which might only make people defensive.
"I will always have irrevocable love for him," Ariana writes.
"And if you’ve gotten any other impression from my recent work," she says. "You might have missed the point."
Her record-smashing song, "Thank U, Next," was not a diss track -- it's a very positive breakup anthem.
In his original post, Pete Davidson shared that the bullying that he received began before Ariana ended their engagement.
"I’ve been getting online bullied and in public by people for 9 months," he wrote.
"I’ve spoken about BPD and being suicidal publicly," he says.
Pete has been very forthright about his struggles with mental illness and addiction, using his platform to help others.
Pete writes that he has done so "only in hopes that it will help bring awareness and help kids like myself who don’t want to be on this earth."
Anyone imploring someone who struggles with suicidal ideation should also remember that they could be held liable for someone's death.
Remember that girl who texted encouragement to her boyfriend before he ended his life? Yeah.
But, more importantly, bullying someone is monstrous.
Whether you're doing it because you don't think they're right for your favorite singer or because you think they were a bad fiance, just ... be gentle.
In general, just try being nice almost all of the time.