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Pete Davidson penned a letter on Instagram in response to the constant cyberbullying he has received, largely from Ariana Grande fans. Davidson, who has borderline personality disorder, has been open about past suicide attempts and suicidal ideation. 

Naturally, cyber trolls telling him to kill himself are tapping into a sensitive and dangerous part of him, hoping to get a response. It's all very disturbing, and while I don't love everything Davidson does, it's not OK to tell someone they should kill themselves just because you feel like it. 

When Ariana Grande ended her relationship with Pete Davidson, it seemed that most of the rest of us did too.

Did we ever like Pete that much? Was Pete just a layover to Mr. Right? Did Pete really have BDE? At least he was passionate about us, if not sometimes extremely problematic about it.... These are the post-breakup thoughts we're grappling with. 

When Grande and Davidson got together so publicly, it was no longer merely their relationship, it was all of ours. Unfortunately, not everyone is handling things like Grande, who has moved on to even more explosive superstardom without being petty or vindictive. 

Davidson took a Twitter break, but when he returned, he was met with an onslaught of cyberbullying — from Grande's fans. 

Scooter Braun, Grande's manager, even intervened to defend Davison. It's one thing to call someone out for doing something offensive or problematic. It's another to take your time to bully someone because you decided you don't like them. There's no justice or righteousness in that. 

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Davidson says his harassment was so prevalent, he was finally forced to address it on Instagram. 

One thing that stood out was Davidson's mention that he has been dealing with this for nine months. He and Grande officially began dating in May, which is six months ago. 

Davidson has been forthcoming about his struggles with borderline personality disorder (or BPD). He has also discussed his suicidal ideation. 

Trigger Warning for Discussions of Suicide: "I tried to drown myself in the pool when I was in the fourth or fifth grade. I was trying to get my head stuck in the ladder in the deep end so I would not be able to get up," Davidson told Variety. "But I'm too much of a p----, and my head is too small."

Davidson has also discussed how the internet upsets him. "The internet is evil, and I don't like how it affects me," he said. "I don't like how the internet is a place where anybody can s--- on you and make anything up. I've worked really hard to get my brain to this place. I can't go online like everybody else because it's just a f---fest. And now I get to enjoy my life."

If the bullies are Ariana Grande superfans, then they are probably well aware of Davidson's mental health struggles and are weaponizing them against him. I can only imagine if they discovered internet users weaponizing Grande's PTSD or anxiety against her. 

Just let Davidson make fun of himself.