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Pete Davidson (accurately) calls getting matching tattoos with Ariana Grande "stupid"

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Infatuation’s a helluva drug, but that shit wears off quickly. Granted, that high likely lasts a touch longer when it’s swirling around Ariana Grande, one of the world’s most famous people. A rushed engagement, then, is forgivable; matching tattoos, on the other hand, well, that’s just provoking a vengeful, jealous God. Especially when you get eight of them.

Grande and SNL’s Pete Davidson are learning this lesson the hard way in the aftermath of their internet-breaking split earlier this month. Grande’s been using a Band-Aid to mask her most explicit Davidson tattoo—some finger ink of Davidson’s first name—as of late, while Davidson’s just out here self-flagellating. The comedian acknowledged the breakup for the first time at Judd Apatow’s Judd & Pete for America benefit in West Hollywood over the weekend.


“What else is going on? Um, I’ve been covering a bunch of tattoos, that’s fun. I’m fucking zero for two in the tattoo [department],” he said in a reference to that time he got ex-girlfriend Cazzie David’s face tattooed on his arm. The good news, then, is that, despite getting nearly 10 new Grande-adjacent tattoos, none of them are of her face. He’s learning, at least?

“Yeah, I’m afraid to get my mom tattooed on me, that’s how bad it is,” he added.

“So, obviously you know I, we [Ariana] broke up or whatever, but when me and her first got engaged we got tattoos,” Davidson told Apatow in a brief chat. “And it was like in a magazine like, was Pete Davidson stupid? And 93 percent of it said yes. So my boy, he was like, ‘Don’t listen to that shit, man. They’re literally fucking haters.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah fuck that. I’m not stupid.’ And the other day we were in my kitchen and he was like, ‘Yo bro. Turns out you were stupid.’”

Let this be a lesson, kids.


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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.