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Fans of Ariana Grande can't pick and choose who's off limits when it comes to mental health

Commentary on the breakup is proving to be hypocritical.

ARIANA GRANDE AND Pete Davidson aren’t broken up a hot minute, and already stans are making jokes about them on Twitter.


Granted, you might think it’s fair game given that Pete’s behaviour throughout the whole relationship was pretty questionable, as well as the fact that he’s been joking about it himself during his stand up sets.

The thing is though, they’re straying into a pretty grey area.

The words ‘mental health’ are now almost synonymous with the singer. Understandable, given the past couple of years she’s had, dealing with PTSD following a terror attack at one of her concerts, the end of a toxic relationship and the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Add a failed engagement to that list, and it’s obvious the gal is owed a substantial holiday from life.

Beyond that, the No Tears Left To Cry singer has been vocal about her day-to-day struggles with her mental well-being. A track on her most recent album, titled ‘Get Well Soon’ deals specifically with mental health. The single is the performer’s musical encapsulation of an anxiety attack, and she explained in an interview The FADER that she wrote the track right after having one. 

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Her honesty and resilience is one of the reasons she’s adored by her fans, fairweather or otherwise. They’ve become vocal themselves about the area, imploring media outlets to be more diligent when it comes to reporting on her and the people around her.

Why the change in narrative then when it comes to Pete?

A tweet has been circulating containing photos of Ariana and Pete side-by-side, comparing them following the breakup.


On the left, Ariana can be seen shopping and being her usual bad bitch self. More power to her. On the right, Pete looks considerably more downtrodden. Weird move, right?

Comments under the tweet include: “All of that retail therapy… clearly she’s hurting. If only Pete could afford retail therapy :/.”

All those tweets about suicide hotlines and calls to “look out for your bros” on social media seem a little hollow, given that Pete himself suffers with Borderline Personality Disorder. 

Sure, his illness doesn’t exempt him from criticism over his repeated comments, but this isn’t a case of anybody looking to score “woke points”, as one Twitter user so elegantly put it. It’s about highlighting a blatant contradiction – why is it one rule for one person and another for someone else? It’s understandable to want Ariana to come out “on top” in this situation we observe from goldfish bowl, but does anyone really win in ma break-up, especially one this complicated? 

It’s obious why people get so invested in celebrity relationships before, during and after – there’s pantomime element to the whole ordeal. For that reason, would the same people celebrate or lament Pete’s death if he lost his life the same way Mac did? Would these people post to their Instagram stories, begging their male friends to “check up on each other” with a small crying emoji?

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