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Pete Davidson Says He Was High On Ketamine at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

11 January 2024 | 10:06 am | Jessie Lynch

"I was at Aretha Franklin's funeral like that. Yeah, I have to live with that."

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Former Saturday Night Live cast member and comedian Pete Davidson recently unleashed his third hour-long stand-up special on Netflix, titled Pete Davidson: Turbo Fonzarelli.

In the candid performance, Davidson dives deep into his personal experiences, from dealing with a stalker to reflecting on a confusing childhood crush on Leonardo DiCaprio, all while sharing the misadventures that have unfolded while under the influence.

One notable anecdote was that about singing legend Aretha Franklin’s funeral in 2018, which he attended with then-girlfriend, pop star Ariana Grande, while he was under the influence of ketamine.

“I was on a drug for the past two and half, three years called ketamine. What a time,” he says in the special

"It's embarrassing when you're not on ketamine anymore, though... I'm embarrassed.”

"I was out and about like that. That's not cool, you know? I was at funerals like that. That's fucked up, right? I was at Aretha Franklin's funeral like that. Yeah, I have to live with that. You know what I mean? She'll never know, but still, that's not the point. You know what I mean?"

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He added that while high on the horsy tranqs at the star-studded send-off, he dropped this shocker of a joke to Franklin’s grieving family.

"It's embarrassing. 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-T...s,'" he added, referencing Franklin’s 1967 hit.

Pete has long been open about his drug use, previously admitting he used ketamine every day over four years before checking into rehab in June last year.

"Pete Davidson has been in rehab and is being treated for mental health issues," a source close to the star revealed as Davidson checked into rehab for mental health issues.

"He can be manic and wasn't sleeping well or taking good care of himself, so he decided to go to get help, take a break, and get back on track. Pete is focusing on himself."

Following the stint, Pete announced, "I am fresh out of rehab, everyone. I got that post-rehab glow. Seventh time's the charm!"

Pete Davidson: Turbo Fonzarelli is available to stream on Netflix now.