Military veteran and the U.S. Representative-elect for Texas’s 2nd congressional district, Dan Crenshaw has revealed that he personally called SNL’s Pete Davidson after an Instagram post left many concerned for the comic’s well-being. Davidson, who has since been confirmed safe, penned a now-deleted Instagram post Saturday in which he said didn’t “want to be on this earth anymore.”
Crenshaw and Davidson didn’t exactly get off to the best start. After the former lost his eye in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan, the comedian decided it would be funny to use the military man’s eye patch as the butt of a crude joke on SNL. But, following an incredible segment in which Pete publicly apologized for his words, the two now appear to be getting along rather well. So much so, that Crenshaw put a call in to the New York-based comic to check he was doing OK.
“I talked to him personal yesterday and talked to him a little bit about it,” the politician told KPRC-2. “We don’t go back very far, we’re not good friends, but I think he appreciated hearing from me.”
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The representative-elect said he told Pete that “Everyone has a purpose in this world” before declaring that “God put you here for a reason.”
“You should live that way,” he continued, “you should live that way seeking out that purpose, not expecting it to be given to you by anybody else. Know that you have value and do more good for people than you realize for people.”
Powerful words from the most unlikely of acquaintances – clearly, Crenshaw cares a great deal about Davidson’s health. “He makes people laugh, sometimes he makes people mad, but he also makes people laugh a lot and that’s what we talked about. It was a good conversation,” he shared.
Pete, who suffers from Bipolar Disorder, has spoken openly about his mental health on several occasions. “I’ve been in and out of mental health facilities since I was 9,” the 25-year-old told Variety in a previous interview. “The last few years have been real rough with me,” he added. “I took all these mental health classes and really spent a lot of time getting me good.”
Do pray that Pete receives the help that he needs at this difficult time.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, or you just need someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are looking for a counselor in your area, consult the Christian Counselors Network.