An insider close to the former Saturday Night Live star confirmed to PEOPLE that the 28-year-old comedian “has been in trauma therapy in large part” after the 45-year-old rapper threatened him in several posts while he was still in a relation with his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
The source said, “The attention and negativity coming from Kanye and his antics is a trigger for [Pete], and he’s had to seek out help.”
Just recently, Kim and Pete broke up after nine months of dating. According to the source, he “has no regrets for dating Kim and wants it to be made very clear that she’s been nothing but supportive of him throughout their relationship.”
The source added, “Moving forward he just wants to focus on his career.”
Pete and the 41-year-old reality star called it quits last week. Long distance relationship didn’t work between them and they’re also busy with their respective commitments. They decided to become friends.
West, who hasn’t been active online since his account was suspended in March, returned to social media following the breakup. He took to Instagram on August 8 to post an edited front page of the New York Times with a headline, “Skete Davidson Dead at Age 28.”
He also included a fake mockup at the bottom of the headline that read, “Kid Cudi meant to play funeral but fearful of bottle throwers.” Cudi, 38, used to be friends with the rapper. Fans threw water bottles at him during the Rolling Loud Miami festival last month.
A source also told PEOPLE that Kim and Pete’s reps already reached out to Instagram about the Donda artist’s post.
The insider shared, “His team and Kim’s have reached out repeatedly to Instagram asking to make the platform a safer space.” The insider also added that the reason why the comedian has “been absent from social media” is because of the rapper’s bullying and harassment.
Meanwhile, an insider close to Kim told PEOPLE that Pete’s trauma therapy has nothing to do with their split. The source said, “Kim does not tolerate this type of behavior from Kanye.”
“She’s upset about the breakup. But the schedule made it so hard, and the fact that they were living in two different cities,” the source added, confirming the reason behind the breakup.