Cazzie David Recalls 'Screaming In Agony' Over Her Ex Pete Davidson Dating Ariana Grande

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Cazzie David has opened up about her break-up with ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson and how he subsequently moved on to a very high-profile relationship with Ariana Grande shortly after.

David, a writer, whose father is Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David, was in a relationship with the King of Staten Island star for two and a half years before ending things in 2018.

Shortly afterwards, Davidson moved on with Grande in what became an intensely followed relationship full of paparazzi pictures of the couple with iced coffees, matching tattoos, a song titled with his name on the Grammy winner's smash album Sweetner and a whirlwind engagement. The couple ended things four months later, calling off their engagement with Grande subsequently name-checking Davidson in her break-up anthem 'thank u, next'.

David has now written in her collection of essays, No One Asked For This, about how she handled that high-profile break-up and very public showing of her ex with his new superstar girlfriend and, unsurprisingly, it sounds like a very difficult experience.

According to the Los Angeles Times, who interviewed David for the book and have featured excerpts, David broke it off with Davidson only to regret her decision and try and win him back days later. The Saturday Night Live star declined, saying he was the 'happiest he'd ever been' and officially ended things. The next day, David alleges, she learned he had started a relationship with Grande and had covered up tattoos devoted to his former girlfriend.

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David recalls the discovery happening as she travelled to her sister's graduation with her father and 'shook uncontrollably in his arms for the entire flight' before curling up on the bathroom floor to wake up 'screaming in agony'.

She also claims she was subsequently targeted by Grande's fans online and struggled to keep the image of Davidson and his new girlfriend 'immediately falling in love' out of her mind.

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Photo credit: Raymond Hall - Getty Images

'It was a really pivotal moment in my life,' David told the publication. 'Writing about it has caused me a ton of anxiety, especially because I talk so much about hating the attention it brought me. Why would I bring more attention to myself by writing about it? But there’s nothing that’s gonna be worse than what I already experienced with that.'

After Davidson and Grande ended their engagement, David has since built up a friendship with her ex-boyfriend and even reportedly shown him the essay, also devoting a space to him in the book's acknowledgement section which reads: 'Pete. I love you ... Your bravery inspires me and your friendship means the world to me.'

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