“Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson is conquering his demons.
The popular comedian revealed to fans on Instagram that he has quit doing drugs for the first time in eight years. “Just wanted to let you guys know I’m okay. I know I’ve kinda been missing, on social media and on the show. I quit drugs and am happy and sober for the first time in 8 years,” Davidson shared.
The 23-year-old entertainer continued, “It wasn’t easy, but I got a great girl, great friends and I consider myself a lucky man. I’ll always be here for you guys, I promise. Remember to never give up hope because sometimes that’s all we got. We are a family and I appreciate all your love and support. It’s nice to be back in action ❤️.”
Though he didn’t specify what drugs he has quit, the funnyman had previously admitted to using marijuana to cope with Crohn’s disease. “I got Crohn’s disease when I was 17 or 18, and I found that the medicines that the doctors were prescribing me and seeing all these doctors and trying new things… weed would be the only thing that would help me eat,” he told High Times in September 2016.
In fact, his condition is so serious that he relies on weed to get through his “SNL” gigs, “My stomach would be in pain all day and I wouldn’t be able to eat, but then I’d smoke and I can eat and do my shows.” Adding how he, “wouldn’t be able to do ‘SNL’ if I didn’t smoke weed. I wouldn’t be able to do anything really. Me performing not high has gone awful. It’s awful for me because I don’t feel well.”
One of the youngest actors to ever be cast on the long-running sketch comedy show, Davidson previously discussed suffering from depression in a 2016 interview with “The Breakfast Club”. He said Kid Cudi’s music saved him from comitting suicide, “I would’ve killed myself,” Davidson revealed while talking about Cudi’s stint in rehab. “It’s kind of comforting to know your hero goes through the same stuff you do.”