For Pete Davidson, he has been able to accomplish that in more, making a meteoric rise to become one of Saturday Night Live’s most popular cast members, while also becoming a multi-millionaire, to boot.
Find out the details about how his life was shaped by incredible tragedy and led to career-making millions and a highly publicized relationship with Ariana Grande.
Davidson was born in 1993 and grew up on Staten Island. He grew up in a rather normal family. His dad was a firefighter and his mom a school nurse, and he also has a younger sister.
By all accounts, his childhood was rather normal until the tragic day of September 11, 2001, when Pete’s father Scott was called to Ground Zero. Scott was seen running up the stairs into the heavily-damaged Marriott World Trade Center, but he never came out. The building collapsed with Scott still inside, and he was tragically killed.
For seven-year-old Pete, the loss of his father weighed heavily. He acted out in school and at one point, he even claimed to have ripped out his hair to the point where he was bald.
He later revealed that he struggled with suicidal thoughts in his youth and credited the music of Kid Cudi for saving his life.
From tragedy, though, Pete Davidson emerged with a passion for comedy.
He began doing stand-up comedy when he was 16 years old, at a bowling alley, of all places. His friends dared him to do, and he obliged, though only after a little encouragement from Mary Jane [marijuana].
His career took off from there, and his mom supported him from the beginning, even driving him from their Staten Island home to his shows at clubs in Manhattan. His mom said that she just wanted to make him happy after growing up without a father.
Around that time, Davidson was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and began a heavy dependence of marijuana as a way to battle both Crohn’s and multiple personality disorder, later saying that he could not perform on SNL without marijuana.
After graduating from high school in 2013, he attended St. Francis University in Brooklyn, but quickly decided he’d had enough of that and dropped out after just a semester to become a full-time comedian.
Davidson’s choice to pursue comedy paid off almost immediately. After appearing in a pair of MTV shows and an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in 2013, he met comedian Amy Schumer at a comedy club and made enough of an impression on her that he was cast in a minor role in her 2015 film Trainwreck.
While on the set, Davidson also became acquainted with co-star Bill Hader, a veteran cast member on Saturday Night Live. Hader arranged for Davidson to audition for SNL and in September of 2014, Davidson joined the SNL cast for their 40th season. At just 20 years old, he was one of the youngest cast members in the show’s history and the first member to be born in the 1990’s.
It’s Saturday Night!
On SNL, Davidson drew rave reviews from critics and in his first season was involved in a notable skit where he and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson were pretending to suck poison from poison darts out of each other in what closely resembled a sex act. The things people do for a laugh, I guess.
He also became notable on the show for playing a character closely resembling himself, while never being afraid to make people a little uncomfortable.
In particular, he hasn’t shied away from his father’s traumatic death and even pokes fun at it sometimes. In 2015, he raised eyebrows during a Comedy Central roast of Justin Beiber when he told Justin, “I lost my dad on 9/11, and I always regretted growing up without a dad…until I met your dad, Justin. Now I’m glad mine’s dead.”
As his SNL reputation grew, Davidson began dating several high-profile women. After a relationship with fellow comedian Carly Aquilino, he began dating writer Cazzie David, the daughter of comedic legend Larry David, in 2016
In 2017, he also got a tattoo of yet another lady, which was Hillary Clinton, who he called his “hero” and “a badass”. For her part, the former first lady responded by joking that it makes it less awkward now to admit she has a Pete Davidson tattoo. Well, at least we think it’s a joke…
But anyways, in mid-2018, the relationship between David and Davidson was fizzling out and Pete was looking for a rebound, and that came in the fashion of a Nickelodeon star turned multi-platinum, internationally acclaimed, stunningly gorgeous pop star.
Yes, his rebound chick was none other than Ariana Grande!
The two began dating in May 2018, which alone is a little strange, because at the time, Davidson hadn’t publicly confirmed his breakup with Cazzie David, and Ariana was still believed to be dating rapper Mac Miller.
Whatever the case was, the two began a whirlwind relationship for the ages. It wasn’t quite as fast as Romeo and Juliet, but less than a month after reports surfaced the two were just casually dating, they were already engaged.
However, despite the rapid pace that their relationship progressed, it appeared to be a long time coming.
The two had met in 2014 during Davidson’s first season on SNL, when Ariana was a musical guest on the show. They grew closer two years later when she hosted the show, and Ariana later admitted on Jimmy Fallon that at the time, she had “the biggest crush in the world” on him, even though they were dating other people.
For his part, Davidson appeared to pay tribute to Grande in an SNL skit in November 2017, where he wore a bunny ears mask that was strikingly similar to the one she wore on her “Dangerous Woman” album cover. While no one appeared to catch on at the time, you have to admit it was a crafty move on Davidson’s part.
And Away We Go!
Social media shows how quickly Davidson and Grande’s relationship developed. Ariana’s final photo with Mac Miller was on April 20, 2018, after her surprise performance at Coachella. Cazzie David, meanwhile, posted a picture with Davidson on May 3.
Just four days later, though, Davidson visited Grande’s New York apartment after she returned from the Met Gala and after playing party games with several other people for a few hours, Davidson made his move the pair shared their first kiss.
Within the next week, Ariana had publicly broken up with Mac Miller and Pete and Ariana had been spotted publicly together for the first time, at an SNL after-party. The two were photographed appearing to have matching cloud-shaped phone cases.
Deeper in Love
Within two weeks of their first date, Davidson posted a picture showing a new, mini-cloud tattoo on his middle finger, while Ariana was photographed with a matching one, also on her middle finger.
So for those of you scoring at home, Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande began dating in May 2018 and before that month even ended, they already had matching tattoos! Is that not crazy?
Also, for the record, at the same time, Davidson had his previous work of Cazzie David covered up. To his credit, Davidson’s tattoo artist, Jon Mesa, told him at the time to stop with the girlfriend tattoos until he and Ariana were married.
To every guy in America who wants a tattoo of their girlfriend: listen to Jon!
On May 18, it was finally officially confirmed that the two were dating. Also, Pete was already looking to put a ring on it, as he called a jeweler to buy a customized diamond ring for Ariana.
Pete said he told Ariana on the day they met that he’d marry her tomorrow, and apparently he was not kidding.
On June 3, she showed off her engagement ring in concert, which reportedly cost $93,000. However, the public wouldn’t catch on for a little over a week afterwards.
So there you go, less than a month together and they were already engaged and preparing for happily ever after.
By the end of June, Davidson and Grande had moved in together, and Ariana had announced that she was naming a song on her upcoming album “Sweetener” after Davidson.
That was quickly followed by more matching tattoos, and an appearance on Jimmy Fallon where Davidson publicly confirmed their engagement.
Ariana even honored Davidson’s late father by getting his New York Fire Department badge number, 8418, tattooed on her foot.
Not Meant to Be
However, the burning romance quickly burned out, as the couple announced in late September that they were stepping out of the spotlight. A couple weeks later, Davidson was photographed having apparently covered up one tattoo inspired by Grande.
On October 14, 2018, it was all over after just five months. TMZ reported that Davidson and Grande had broken up, and sources later confirmed. Luckily for everyone involved, the decision appeared to be mutual, and Ariana even gave back her $93,000 engagement ring. Hey, props to her for not pawning it like everyone else.
The Only Way He Knows How
For Davidson, he responded to the breakup in classic fashion—by joking about it in a stand-up routine. He mocked his own relationship track record, especially the tattoos, saying “I’m afraid to get my mom tattooed on me, that’s how bad it is.”
Thank U, Next
Ariana, meanwhile, referenced Davidson in her single, “Thank U, Next” which was released in November, 2018 and became her first #1 single in the U.S. She tweeted that it wasn’t supposed to be a diss track, but I don’t think many people exactly buy that.
While Davidson appeared to be doing fine after the breakup, he hit rock-bottom in December, 2018, Davidson posted a suicidal message on Instagram before deleting his account.
Several friends, including Ariana Grande, were understandably concerned, but thankfully, he was found safe at the SNL studios and returned to regular work on the show.
After Ariana Grande, Davidson’s love life has been a series of short relationships with actresses Kate Beckinsale, Margaret Qualley, and most recently, Cindy Crawford’s daughter, Kaia Gerber.
Thankfully, his career appears to still be in solid shape. He’s appeared in multiple films, gone on tour with John Mulaney, and released a stand-up special on Netflix.
Additionally, earlier in 2020 he co-wrote and starred in King of Staten Island, which was intended to closely mirror Davidson’s own mental health struggles following his father’s death, as well as highlighting the relationship with his mother.
Speaking of his mother, I almost forgot to mention that Pete Davidson still lives with his mom. Wait, what?
Yes, despite having a net worth of an estimated $4 million, in 2019, Davidson bought a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home on Staten Island for $1.3 million, that he shares with his loving mother.
Now, he did turn the basement into his own personal apartment, which for the most part is fairly unassuming, aside from various celebrity memorabilia, a large shoe collection, and his so-called “porno shower,” whatever that means.
You can make all the jokes you want about Pete Davidson living in his mom’s basement, but the King of Staten Island seems to be happy being the king of his mom’s basement.
We don’t know if he has a tattoo of his mom, though. Better not chance it, Pete!
If you were ever a multi-millionaire like Pete Davidson, would you ever willingly live with your mother? Let us know in the comments!