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Pete Davidson Was High At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

As part of his new Netflix special, Turbo Fonzarelli, Pete Davidson confirmed that he was high on ketamine during Aretha Franklin’s funeral.

The former Saturday Night Live co-star admitted that his behavior was “embarrassing” at the Queen of Soul’s 2018 services, stating

“I was so high I thought it’d be a good idea to go up to her family and go, ‘Hey! I’m just here to pay my R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts.” “I’m embarrassed I was out and about like that. That’s not cool.” 

Infusing self deprecating humor into the situation, the comedian/actor stated that if Aretha had known what was going on, she would have said: ‘’Hey! Who are you and what the f–k are you doing at my funeral?’” He added that she will “never know” he was high, acknowledging, “Still, it’s not the point.”

At the time, Pete attended the funeral with his then-fiancee Ariana Grande, who performed at the service, singing one of the legendary artist’s greatest hits, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.’

In an attempt to curb his drug abuse, Davidson has been in rehab several times, including in 2017 and 2019, the years before and after he attended Aretha’s funeral. In June of 2023 he also entered a rehab facility, reportedly to help him with borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Author: Saul Goode

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