Pete Davidson heard from an unlikely ally following his disturbing Instagram post.
Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL-turned Texas Congressman-elect who Davidson once mocked on “Saturday Night Live,” told local media KPRC2 Houston that he reached out to the troubled comedian following what appeared to be a suicidal message.
“I talked to him personally (Sunday),” Crenshaw told the outlet. “We don’t go back very far. We’re not good friends. But I think he appreciated hearing from me.”
Davidson and Crenshaw came face to face on “SNL” in November a week after Davidson faced backlash on social media and from fellow cast member Kenan Thompson after comparing Crenshaw’s looks to “a hitman in a porno movie.”
Davidson apologized directly to the vet, who wears an eye-patch after losing his right eye during an IED blast in Afghanistan. Crenshaw then got his turn to roast the comedian on “SNL”: “Pete looks like if the meth from ‘Breaking Bad’ was a person.”
Despite laughing off the controversy, Pete appeared to hit dark times following a roller-coaster year. In an emotional post to his Instagram Saturday, he opened up about his mental health and discussed his daily struggle before deleting his account.
“i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” the since-deleted post read. “i’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so.”
The disturbing post prompted a wellness check from the New York Police Department and messages of support from celebrities and fans, including Crenshaw.
“I told him everyone had a purpose in this world. God put you here for a reason,” Crenshaw reptold Davidson. “It’s your job to find that purpose. And you should live that way.”
Crenshaw continued: ‘Know you have value…Especially a guy like that. He makes people laugh. Sometimes he makes people mad. But he makes people laugh a lot. It was a good conversation.”
Contributing: Erin Jensen
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