Pete Davidson tells fans break-up is “nobody’s business” on Weekend Update

Pete Davidson took some time out of mocking politicians on Saturday Night Live to address his recent break-up with Ariana Grande. The stand-up interestingly did not mention his pop star ex by name.

On Saturday’s Weekend Update, Davidson discussed the upcoming midterm elections. “So the midterm elections are obviously a huge deal, and after I had to move back in with my mom, I started paying attention to them. And I realized there are some really gross people running for office this year, so here are my first impressions,” he began.

After joking about the appearances of candidates such as Rick Scott and Peter King (and poking fun at his own looks), Davidson addressed the elephant in the room with an emotional statement. “And the last thing I will say is, I know some of you are curious about the break-up, but the truth is, it’s nobody’s business,” said the Staten Island native. “Sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s okay. She’s a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world. Now, please go vote on Tuesday.”

This statement came after Davidson joked about his split from Grande during promos for SNL earlier this week. In one of the ads, Davidson proposed to Maggie Rogers, who served as the musical guest for Saturday’s episode. When Rogers declined, Davidson replied that he was “0 for 3,” referencing his past break-ups with Grande, Cazzie David, and comedian Carly Aquilino.

Grande, however, seemed upset about the joke. Shortly after the promo was released, she tweeted, “For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh.” In a separate tweet, she added, “Thank u, next.” Both tweets were subsequently deleted.

Not coincidentally, “Thank U, Next,” is the name of Grande’s latest single, which she released just hours before Davidson made his statement about the break-up on SNL. And while she appeared angry at Davidson in her tweets, she had nothing but love for him in her song. The track, which discusses several of her recent ex-boyfriends, features the lyric, “Even almost got married / And for Pete, I’m so thankful.”

TMZ previously reported that Grande and Davidson agreed not to talk about their breakup publicly, which is why the singer was so upset about the SNL promo. The website also claimed that Davidson planned to joke about the break-up during Saturday’s episode but opted to pull the skit after reading Grande’s tweets. People, on the other hand, maintained that this was “completely untrue.”

Grande and Davidson broke up earlier this month after getting engaged back in June. The split came shortly after Grande’s ex-boyfriend Mac Miller passed away from a drug overdose. Sources have since said that the split was mutual and that the couple agreed the timing wasn’t right for a romantic relationship.

Melissa Siegel

Melissa Siegel is a writer and journalist based in a suburb of New York City.

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