Helt will be serving time after being arrested in 2010 for breaking into an apartment. A year later, he violated his probation when he failed to meet with his probation officer or abide by his curfew. He also did not complete his 88 hours of community service.
He instead decided to move to Los Angeles and go after modeling jobs. When those jobs didn't pay the bills, he found himself in My Friend's Place, where he met Cyrus.
"I am accepting this award for the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I'm one of those people," Helt told the surprised VMAs audience. "I've survived in shelters all over the city. I've cleaned your hotel rooms, I've been an extra in your movies, I've been an extra in your life. Although I've been invisible to you I have a lot of the same dreams that have brought me to you tonight."
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