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'SNL' star Pete Davidson gets sober, returns to public life

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/7/2017
FILE - In this March 14, 2015, file photo, Pete Davidson speaks at a Comedy Central Roast at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. The "Saturday Night Live" cast member said on Instagram Monday, March 6, 2017, that he he has quit drugs and is “happy and sober for the first time in 8 years.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this March 14, 2015, file photo, Pete Davidson speaks at a Comedy Central Roast at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. The "Saturday Night Live" cast member said on Instagram Monday, March 6, 2017, that he he has quit drugs and is “happy and sober for the first time in 8 years.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson says he has quit drugs and is "happy and sober for the first time in eight years."

Davidson made the announcement on his Instagram account . He says he has been missing from the show and from social media and wanted to let people know that he's OK. He says getting clean "wasn't easy," but he says he has "a great girl, great friends" and considers himself "a lucky man." He adds that "it's nice to be back in action."

At 23, Davidson is SNL's youngest cast member.

He has been open about his drug use in the past. He told High Times last year that he depended on marijuana to help manage pain from Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.

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