Oh, and he’s also kind of not homeless. That too. At least those are the things being reported about Mr. Jesse Helt, the homeless youth who accepted Miley Cyrus’ Video of the Year award the other night with a very moving speech.
E! News has learned that there is a warrant out for the arrest of the Salem, Ore., native for violation of probation, stemming from previous charges including criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.
He was also charged with burglary after a 2010 incident where he attempted to break into an apartment.
According to recent court documents, Helt violated his probation on numerous occasions after failing to take a drug test, failing to report to his probation officer, breaching his curfew, not finishing his community service hours and more.
I suppose some of that is understandable, at least the burglary part if he truly is homeless, but the rest seems a bit shady.
Then again, another report says that he actually does have a home, he has just chosen not to stay there…
…his proud mother Linda Helt, 62, told MailOnline: “Jesse’s had ups and downs like anybody else… he didn’t wanna give up and run on home to mommy, but only he knows the reasons, that’s for him to say.”
Speaking from her home in Salem, Mrs Helt, mother to Jesse’s three brothers and sister, added Jesse chose to “go it alone” and chase his dreams.
She said: “He wanted to be in Los Angeles and he had opportunities and he took them, but you know, he’s had his ups and downs like anybody else.”
“It was his choice, he was always welcome, he could always come back any time. If he needed help, I’d help him, we help one another,” she added.
So basically he’s chosen to be homeless to pursue his dream rather than go back to a home and family that would welcome him.
Don’t get me wrong, the cause Helt and Miley brought attention to is a valid one, but Jesse’s story isn’t quite the type of sob story we were led to believe is it?
Miley Cyrus’ MTV VMAs Date Jesse Helt Has a Warrant Out for His Arrest After Violating Probation [E!]
Mother of Miley Cyrus’s homeless VMAs date claims struggling model from Oregon ‘wanted to make it on his own’ [Daily Mail]
Photo: Miley Cyrus, Instagram