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US comedian Pete Davidson has checked himself into rehab.

A source close to the actor told Sky’s partner network, NBC News, that the star was receiving treatment – but it is not yet clear why he has sought help.

It follows the Saturday Night Live star being charged this month with reckless driving after allegedly crashing a car into a home in Los Angeles in March.

The LA District Attorney’s Office said it was taking the allegations “seriously”, adding that reckless driving can have “devastating consequences”.

According to the Beverly Hills Police Department, Davidson was driving when his Mercedes jumped a curb, hit a fire hydrant and crashed into a home.

In a statement, the DA’s office said: “We believe that Mr Davidson engaged in reckless driving, which ultimately resulted in his involvement in a serious collision into a home.

“In 2022, traffic fatalities in Los Angeles have reached the highest levels seen in 20 years. This is an alarming trend that we cannot ignore.

“As a result, it’s crucial that we take all allegations of reckless driving seriously and hold those responsible accountable.”

‘It’s okay to struggle and you’re not alone’

Davidson has sought help for mental health issues previously, and in 2017, he was diagnosed with a personality disorder after years of depression and anxiety.

In 2018, police visited the 29-year-old’s home after concerns were raised for the comedian and actor after he posted a message on Instagram.

The post said: “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last.

“All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.”

At the time, police confirmed Davidson was safe after meeting with him.

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In 2019, Davidson also made jokes about seeking mental health treatment.

He appeared in a segment on SNL and said: “I’m going on a little ‘vacation’. You know, the kind of vacation where insurance pays for some of it, and they take your phone and shoelaces.

“And you have roommates, but it stills costs like, $100,000.”

In 2020, speaking on Sky News’ Backstage podcast about his film The King Of Staten Island, the comic said he was someone who had been open with “struggles” and issues”.

He added: “One of the main reasons why I wanted to make this [film] and tell this story was because I wanted this chapter in my life to be closed.

“Not forgotten, but I wanted to be able to move on and show that it’s okay to have issues and it’s okay to struggle and that you’re not alone and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Sky News has contacted Davidson’s representatives for a comment.

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK



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