Pete Davidson opens up about heartbreakingly finding out his dad died
Pete Davidson has heartbreakingly opened up about the tragic death of his dad, Scott, during the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.
The harrowing incident saw four planes flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 killing 2,997 people.
Pete’s dad, 33 at the time, was a firefighter who died when the comedian was only seven, and left him with a profound mental health impact.
In a new interview addressing his father’s death and his PTSD, Pete said: ‘It’s like, people are like, “He’s probably talking about his dead dad all the time”. I made two jokes about my dad in a span of like 15 years.
‘To act like I’m like this, “feel bad for me,” it’s such bulls**t and it makes me feel so small and s****y.
‘I’m trying to share little jokes here and there about him because I like to keep that memory alive.
‘My dad was a great dude. Like, why is that a problem? I get defensive, that’s my family.’
Continuing to Jon Bernthal, Pete opened up about his mental health, adding: ‘I believe like everyone’s struggle is big to them. I was just like crying.
‘I always feel like the walls close in or something going to be ripped out.
‘And I’ve been doing a lot of trauma therapy, there’s obvious reasons why with the PTSD from childhood.’
Pete also opened up about how he found out his dad had died, recalling that he was meant to pick him up from school.
‘I got picked up by my mom. She didn’t tell me what was going on for like three days. She kept telling me dad’s at work, I had no idea.
‘My mom’s like, “You’re just grounded, you’re not allowed to watch TV”.
‘I was like, “What? I didn’t do anything”. And then one night I turn on the TV and I saw my dad on TV, and I was like, oh okay.’
‘They’re like, “These are all the fireman who are dead”.’
At the time, the family didn’t know Scott had died, amid ongoing rescue missions that were finding people.
Pete said: ‘There was just some sort of hope and it was just up and down and nobody knew the right way to deal with it.’
‘As I get older, I’m like, man my mum’s awesome,’ he added, considering his mum at the time was around the same age he is now, and nobody knew ‘the right way’ to deal with it.
Pete also opened up about having borderline personality disorder, stemming from a fear of abandonment after his dad didn’t come and pick him up.
‘I’m trying to learn how to believe people, and Hollywood isnt’ the greatest place to learn that skill.’
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