It would seem that so far, the relationship between Ariana Grande and Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson has gone super well. Heck, they’ve only been dating for a couple months or so and they’re already engaged.
That said, it hasn’t been completely without issue: Davidson is facing some criticism for a controversial joke he made last year, about the Manchester bombing that took place at Grande’s concert.
The 24-year-old Saturday Night Live star has been under hot water ever since a joke he once made about the tragic bombing that took place during Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena last May, which left 23 dead, resurfaced earlier this month.
During a stand-up set at a benefit to support Puerto Rico last fall, Davidson commented about how famous Grande was at that point, comparing her fame to that of Britney Spears by saying, “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.” A mother of one of the bombing victims told The Mirror a few days ago, “For anyone to joke about this situation is disgusting and I think he should publicly apologize for it. The families will find it equally as disgusting. We don’t need jokes about it, there have been plenty around, and it’s heartbreaking to hear every day. But for someone so famous to be doing it and now to be with Ariana, it’s outrageous. I think she would be horrified too.”
Davidson — whose firefighter father, Scott, died in service during the September 11 attacks — allegedly mocked the pop star and the bombing during a stand-up benefit show at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles last fall, in which he reportedly joked, “Britney Spears didn’t have a terrorist attack at her concert.”
Now, Grande has finally broken her silence on the matter. The “No Tears Left to Cry” singer responded to a fan who sent her the following message via Twitter on Thursday: “I respect Ariana and I want her to be happy and everything, but she was just broken after the Manchester bombing, so I don’t know why she is still with Pete. Like, yeah, he made that joke a while ago, but like it’s not funny, it’s just rude. This is my opinion.”
I respect Ariana and I want her to be happy and everything, but she was just broken after the Manchester bombing, so I don’t know why she is still with Pete, like yeah he made that joke a while ago, but like it’s not funny, it’s just rude. This is my opinion.
— oscar☁️ (@ariissalegend) July 4, 2018
this has been v tough & conflicting on my heart. he uses comedy to help ppl feel better ab how f-ed up things in this world are. we all deal w trauma differently. I of course didn’t find it funny. it was months ago & his intention wasn’t/ is never malicious but it was unfortunate
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 5, 2018
Despite Davidson’s controversial comments making headlines this week, the comedian doesn’t seem to be fazed by the negative remarks. The New York City native seems to be totally smitten with Grande, and the two haven’t been able to stop gushing over each other via social media or packing on the PDA ever since news of their engagement broke last month.