The man who captured the world’s attention as he accepted Miley Cyrus’ MTV award at the VMAs is named Jesse Helt, reports The Oregonian. According to the paper, Helt is a native of Salem, Oregon, and met Cyrus while he was a resident of My Friend’s Place, a homeless center in Los Angeles. His mother told the paper, “He was at the right place at the right time. He needs to be blessed.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was Previously Only Known Only as ‘Jesse’
Helt was identified only as “Jesse” during the show. His identity was confirmed by his mother, Linda, who spoke to The Oregonian. Jesse Helt left Oregon “a few years ago,” his mother said that her son wanted to make his own way in life. During that time, Helt had been homeless. She said “He called me and he said, ‘Mom, I’m living in a bush.'”
2. Helt Has a Warrant Out for his Arrest
According to Linda Helt, Cyrus had given her son some money and he was heading home to Salem to see her the day after his appearance at the VMAs.
ABC News reported two days after the awards that Helt has an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Oregon. The charges stem from an incident of “attempted burglary” from 2010, it was later changed to “criminal trespass.” The trespassing was related to drugs, says ABC. After pleading guilty, Helt was issued with probation. He violated this in 2011 by not attending scheduled probation meetings and not submitting urine samples. Since then, there has been arrest warrant out for him in Oregon.
3. He’s an Aspiring Model
According to his Facebook page, Jesse works as a model. He adds that is single and that his last education came at the East Los Angeles Skill Center. In his about section on his homepage, Jesse writes:
i’m really super nice.and i get along with most people.i hate haters and lazy fat people.and fake-chistians.i only love those who love themselves.
On August 20, Jesse posted this on Facebook:
4. He Got His GED
Jesse grew up in Salem, Oregon, and attended several schools in the area, he is a graduate of West Salem High School. He got his GED through Chemeketa Community College, according to his mother. However on his Facebook page, under the section that says he attended Chemeketa, he writes “didn’t graduate.dropped out.” At one stage, Jesse worked for Cutco, where he says he sold “really sharp knives.”
5. Cyrus Was Making a Surprise Visit to My Friend’s Place When She Met Jesse
Jesse met Cyrus at My Friend’s Place, according to an article on the charity’s website, it was a surprise visit that she made earlier in the week. The website indicates that Miley only made the decision to bring Helt to the awards after visiting the center.
You can join Miley in supporting My Friend’s Place by visiting here.