When accepting the award, Helt said
I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving and lost and scared for their lives. I know because I am one of those people.
Yet, while Helt has spent time in homeless shelters in Los Angeles, he had a loving home to return to in Oregon. The Daily Mail caught up with Helt’s mother, Linda, who said,
[Jesse] 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.
That’s the first odd part of the story. Why make the choice to live on the streets and in squalor when you could return home?
The answer to that question may have to do with the other strange component of Helt’s story.
Helt apparently had multiple run-ins with the law back in his home state of Oregon. In fact, there is an outstanding warrant for his arrest as he faces charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and violating the terms of his probation.
Chances are if Helt was to return to Oregon and was picked up by the police, he would be arrested and serve jail time.
It’s an unfortunate situation because it seems as if Miley was honestly trying to do something good and probably didn’t know about Helt’s past.
What’s more, Jesse just seems like a troubled young man who could use some guidance and direction in his life. Maybe this brush with fame will help lead him to the proper path, but only time will tell.
In the meantime, here are some photos of Helt before he ever dreamed of gracing the VMA stage.
Top Photo Courtesy: Instagram