Pete Davidson Discusses Past Rehab Stint While Drinking Beer: 'It's Nice to Be on the Other Side'
The Saturday Night Live star joined his fellow castmates of the upcoming film Big Time Adolescence at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah
Pete Davidson is opening up about his past struggles with addiction.
On Monday, the Saturday Night Live star joined his fellow castmates of the upcoming film Big Time Adolescence for a candid chat with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
During the discussion, Davidson, 25, joked about his past stint in a treatment facility.
“I love Park City, Utah, because the last time I was here, I was in rehab,” Davidson told the publication. “It’s nice to be on the other side of it.”
“And, also, it speaks wonders to your rehab facilities,” he added while sipping on a beer.
“Pete was in great spirits – seemed happy and healthy. He and MGK were attached at the hip. It was a lively and fun crew,” an insider tells PEOPLE of Davidson’s visit to the Indiewire Studio Presented by Dropbox.
Last week, Davidson appeared on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, where segment co-host Colin Jost, 36, introduced him by saying that Davidson was there “to talk about a very important experience he had over the holidays.”
Instead of discussing his mental health right away, Davidson joked, “As you know, I’ve had a really crazy month but I want to talk about something that matters a lot to me — the new Clint Eastwood movie, The Mule!”
After bringing out comedian John Mulaney, 36, to discuss The Mule with him, Mulaney said, “I’ve been spending some time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life.”
“Yeah, and after observing John’s life, I publicly threatened suicide,” Davidson said in response, prompting the audience to break out into laughter.
“I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t make that joke,” he continued, laughing, “but it is funny.”
“Pete, look at me. Look me in the eye. You are loved by many,” Mulaney continued, addressing Davidson.
“Oh, thank you, John,” replied Davidson, rolling his eyes back and laughing.
“And we are glad you’re okay,” Mulaney added. “Now back to The Mule.“
On Dec. 15, Davidson posted an alarming message on Instagram.
Sharing a screenshot of a note, the comedian wrote, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. 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,” he continued, adding a single red heart emoji.
Following Davidson’s post, his ex Ariana Grande shared in since-deleted tweets that she wanted “everyone to be healthy and happy,” referring to a previous message of hers regarding Kanye West‘s feud with Drake, which West claimed made light of his mental health.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.