Call it the Twitterstorm of the Century: Kanye West and rapper Drake have been publicly and privately trading barbs about each other’s talents and capabilities for some time. Kanye didn’t like a line on one of Drake’s tracks that made fun of Kanye’s shoe line.
On Thursday, Kanye tweeted that Drake wanted clearance to sample some of Kanye’s music on his own track — and rolled into a series of Tweets going after Drake.
One of Kanye’s tweets to Drake accused him of not taking mental illness seriously: “You are disrespectful to all people with mental health conditions so this is an opportunity for growth.”
Amid the back and forth, Ariana Grande mocked the spat, cracking at “grown men arguing online” — and that people should focus instead on her new music coming out.
That’s when Pete Davidson chimed in on an Instagram note supporting Kanye: “Bravo Kanye West for standing up for yourself and speaking out against mental health. I can’t explain to you enough how difficult and scary it is to be honest about stuff like this.”
A few minutes later Davidson wrote a note that said in part “I really don’t want to be on this Earth anymore.”
Friends were worried, including rapper Machine Gun Kelly who posted that he was on a plane to New York to be sure Pete Davidson is ok.
Grande quickly apologized: “man i’m so sorry i told a dumb joke. i really didn’t mean any harm. all i want everyone to be healthy and happy. so desperately. please. my god.”
Then, apparently in a tweet targeted at Davidson, she said “I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere if you need anyone or anything. I know u have everyone u need and that’s not me, but i’m here too.”
It was reported that Davidson was at work at SNL and was doing okay. He’s since deleted his Instagram.
And Drake, apparently, has increased security at his house, according to People magazine.