In an interview with The Breakfast Club radio morning show on Tuesday, Davidson opened up about his struggles with depression and how Cudi’s music inspired him to keep living.
“Cudi’s the best out of all of them,” the standup comic, 22, explained. “He saved my life. I would have killed myself if I didn’t have Kid Cudi.”
“I would have killed myself. Absolutely 100 percent. I truly believe if Man on the Moon didn’t come out, I wouldn’t be here,” he added, referencing Cudi’s 2009 debut album.
The revelation came about 10 minutes into the conversation, as the comic and hosts discussed their favorite rappers and entertainers.
Davidson said he related to Cudi, 32, for being so honest about his own depression.
“I’ve been in and out of things like that, and I think that’s why a lot of kids my age can relate to Cudi and people love him so much,” Davidson said. “He’s a very emotional dude and he saves all of us. That’s very real and honest and it’s comforting to know that your hero goes through the same stuff you do.”
The two met when Davidson began his run on SNL — and even worked together for promos for Davidson’s new standup special SMD.
“I honestly think he’s just the best,” Davidson shared. “He’s just a good dude. I think he enjoys seeing other people live through his music.”
They’ve kept in touch – even while Cudi’s been in rehab. Davidson plans to visit him there next week.
Said Davidson: “He’s getting help now. He’s doing really well right now – I texted with him maybe last Monday. He’s in really good spirits — he’s in a good place.”
“It’s sad, man,” continued Davidson. “He’s just such a powerful dude. That’s my favorite. It’s just a hard thing to talk about it.”
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Cudi told fans about his trip to rehab in a Facebook post earlier this month, writing that he felt “ashamed.”
“I am not at peace — I haven’t been since you’ve known me,” he wrote. “If I didn’t come here, I would’ve done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life.
The “Pursuit of Happiness” singer, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, admitted that he never left his home because of the anxiety he felt.
“My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember,” he revealed. “I can’t make new friends because of it. I don’t trust anyone because of it and Im tired of being held back in my life. I deserve to have peace.”
Cudi added that he felt like he’d “let a lot of people down” and that it was “time I fix me.”