The two went public with their relationship in early June via Instagram.
It came as a surprise to many who followed both Davidson and Grande, as the two were in rather serious, long-term relationships prior to dating. Davidson was dating actress and model Cazzie David for years, on and off. Grande, on the other hand, was dating rapper Mac Miller for years, as well. Reports indicate that both relationships ended in May.
Not long after announcing their relationship, the couple also announced their engagement via Instagram.
The two had met on SNL when Grande appeared as the guest host in 2016. But, the two had run into each other recently after both of their breakups and according to sources, bonded over some “dark times” they both went through. People Magazine reported that the two dealt with acts of terrorism in different ways.
“They’ve both been through hardships so that’s something they definitely have in common. They’ve both dealt with some dark stuff at a young age.”
By this, the source was talking about Pete Davidson’s father’s death in the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. And, the attack in Manchester during an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 and injured over 500 people.
Ariana Grande apparently felt so much for Davidson and the loss of his father, that she got a tattoo recently to commemorate his death. Paparazzi caught photos of Grande walking with Davidson with a brand new tattoo on her ankle–matching the one Davidson also has–to represent the firefighter badge number his father wore before his death.
While it’s a kind gesture, Ariana Grande fans are calling Pete Davidson out for not being as sentimental towards Grande’s own struggle with terrorism. An old clip of Davidson during a comedy routine has resurfaced. According to reports, five months after the bombing occurred, Pete Davidson made a joke during his comedy set at the Los Angeles Laugh Factory saying
“Ariana Grande must know how famous she is because Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.”
Fans on Twitter were disgusted and began dragging Davidson for making such a horrifying joke about a tragedy where many lost their lives.
If that lad Pete Davidson really did crack jokes about the Manchester bombing incident then he better start speaking to Ariana cause there is simply no excuse for it.
— johnny1248 (@JediFlippyDoer) June 30, 2018
“pete davidson has made a joke about the horrific bombing in manchester.” pic.twitter.com/DZMWuQLFX9
— kay 🌙 (@sweeteneruin) June 30, 2018
Disgusting that Pete Davidson would make a joke about MCR attacks. The death of 22 innocent people isn’t anything to joke about.
— B (@ben_1995) July 1, 2018
if pete davidson did say that joke then I actually feel sick @ the thought of him, he should be fucking ashamed of himself
— 🥀 (@lmaojungwoo) July 1, 2018
if pete davidson really did make a joke about the manchester bombings then he’s fucking dirty n disgusting, fuck off
— chloe (@chloeoliviiaa) July 1, 2018
Some made a point that the two were not together at the time, so Grande had no say in the joke, but he does owe people an apology.
If Pete Davidson did joke about the MCR attack. He is sick, wrong and disturbed. But don't bring Ariana into it saying she supports him. They were not together at the time and she had no say in the joke. Pete should do an apology.
— Niamh👑 (@LifeAsNiamh) July 1, 2018
But, some thought that there’s no reason fans should be shocked by his off-color joke, seeing as the comedian frequently jokes about his own father’s death.
Why everybody hatin on Pete Davidson??? He makes 9/11 jokes and y’all are alright with that but when he makes a Manchester Bombing joke y’all are all of a sudden unstanning and convey him as a terrible person. He’s a comedian, y’all are just too soft. pic.twitter.com/VYqZcSG2tl
— i.a.assthetics (@verimont68) July 2, 2018
Pete Davidson is a perfect example of why its a waste of time to get offended by anything. His Dad actually died on 9/11 and he jokes about it all the time so stop getting offended by everything people
— 103 Days Remaining IIII (@IAmScoobasteve) July 1, 2018
people cancelling pete davidson over one distasteful joke as if y'all have never said a single offensive thing in your life
— ً (@Ioveaholic) June 30, 2018
What sicko would joke about a tragic evident that happened at his fiancé’s concert? Oh wait… that’s right. Who else but Pete Davidson.
— kayla🏳️🌈 (@5ADG1RL) June 30, 2018
Regardless of the joke, I truly think that incidents where innocent people lose their lives should be off the table when it comes to comedy–especially seeing how much if affected Ariana Grande as a person and an artist. I have a feeling he’s going to have some explaining to do to his fiancé.