The Saturday Night Live comedian opened up about his engagement to Ariana and how watching her grieve her ex-boyfriend affected him.
Speaking to Charlamagne Tha God, the 26-year-old explained: ‘I totally got it. She would even tell you this. I was like, “Listen, I get it, do whatever you’ve got to do, I’ll be here”.
‘I think I said, “I’ll be here until you don’t want me to be here.” I pretty much knew it was around over after that. That was really horrible, and I can’t imagine what that s**t is like.
‘All I do know is that she really loved the s**t out of him, and she wasn’t putting on a show or anything. That was f***ed up. Prayers to his family and all of his friends.’
Mac died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol on 7 September 2018 at the age of 26.
The star was found at his home in San Fernando Valley and his death came just as he was preparing to head off on tour, following the release of his album Swimming.
Ariana paid tribute to her ex the days following his death, posting a video of him laughing on Instagram.
She captioned the post: ‘I adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times. i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do.
‘You were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved.
‘I hope you’re okay now. rest.’
Just a month after Mac’s death, Pete and Ariana split up.
Meanwhile, Mac and Ariana began dating in August 2016, going public the following month and broke up in early 2018.
The Thank U Next singer admitted in 2019 that she turned to alcohol to deal with her heartache.
She told Vogue: ‘If I’m completely honest, I don’t remember those months of my life because I was a – so drunk, and b – so sad.’
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