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The Homeless Man Miley Cyrus Brought to the VMAs Turned Himself in to Police

My Friend's Place representative Jesse accepts Video of the Year (on behalf of Miley Cyrus) for 'Wrecking Ball' onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 24, 2014 in Inglewood, Calif.
My Friend's Place representative Jesse accepts Video of the Year (on behalf of Miley Cyrus) for 'Wrecking Ball' onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 24, 2014 in Inglewood, Calif. Kevin Winter—Getty Images

Jesse Helt gained unwanted police attention after the wanted youth accepted Miley Cyrus' award for music video of the year

The homeless youth Miley Cyrus brought with her to MTV’s Video Music Awards last weekend turned himself in to Oregon police late Thursday night. Jesse Helt, 22, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violating his probation.

Cyrus had Helt accept her music video of the year award for “Wrecking Ball” in order to raise awareness for homeless youth. However, Helt’s appearance on the VMAs resulted raised flags among police in Oregon, where Helt is actually from.

Helt arrived in jail with 10% of his $25,000 bail, Sheriff Bob Wolfe told the Statesman Journal. In a Monday interview, Helt’s mother said that Cyrus had given Helt enough cash to visit home.

[Statesman Journal]

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Cops Want to Arrest the Homeless Youth Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’ VMA

2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Backstage And Audience
Miley Cyrus attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards MTV/MTV1415—Getty Images for MTV

Oregon police are looking to arrest 22-year-old Jesse Helt

Taking a page out of Marlon Brando’s award show/advocacy playbook, singer Miley Cyrus made headlines at the MTV VMAs Sunday not for twerking, but for sending a homeless youth on stage to accept her award for Music Video of the Year on her behalf.

While Cyrus certainly raised awareness for homelessness and a Los Angeles-based organization called My Friend’s Place, she also unintentionally drew some negative attention on her date. As the spotlight turned towards Jesse Helt, Cyrus’ 22-year-old friend who left home and found himself living on the streets as he pursued a modeling career, it was discovered there’s a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon.

Helt pleaded guilty and served 30 days in jail for criminal mischief and criminal trespass in 2010, the Associated Press reports. A warrant was put out for his arrest in November 2011 when he violated his probation.

“He doesn’t make himself available to community supervision, and he takes off,” Polk County Director of Community Corrections Martin Silbernagel told the AP.

Helt’s mother told the Oregonian Monday that Cyrus had given her son money that he was using to travel home to visit his family. Police told Helt’s mother they are looking for her son with the intention of arresting him.

Here’s an excerpt from Helt’s emotional speech during Sunday night’s show:

I am accepting this award on behalf of 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, because I am one of those people.

I have survived in shelters all over this city. The music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home.



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Who Was the Guy Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’ Award at the VMAs?

Cyrus had a homeless youth accept the award for her


After she won Video of the Year for “Wrecking Ball” at the 2014 VMAs, Miley Cyrus opted not to walk onto the stage to accept her trophy — but rather, she sent someone in her place: Cyrus had a homeless youth accept the award for her.

While Jimmy Fallon held the microphone, the young man named Jesse explained how those watching could donate to My Friend’s Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood, while Cyrus wept watching in the audience.

Miley explained further on her Facebook page:

Help me raise awareness and funds to end youth homelessness! This is just the beginning for me, but we’re going to get started now by focusing on My Friend’s Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.

You can support the cause by making a donation here:www.prizeo.com/miley! For every $5 donation, you’ll be entered to win a trip for 2 to Brazil to hang out with me at my show in Rio de Janeiro on Sept 28th. You’ll get the full VIP experience, including 2 of the best seats in the house.


TIME Music

Pharrell’s New Music Video Is Basically a Dove Advertisement

Miley Cyrus also shows up


The last time Pharrell “I Don’t Think It’s Possible For Me to Be a Feminist” Williams starred in a music video that featured giant red letters plastered all over your screen, it didn’t go over so well. Perhaps that’s why, in his new clip for the funky “Come Get it Bae,” the producer basically films a Dove advertisement with a much more female-friendly message: “Beauty has no expiration date.” (Even the studio kinda looks like the one from that viral beauty sketches video.)

While Pharrell gazes from behind the camera, women of varying ages perform some hand-clapping choreography that even your grandma could probably rock. Sadly, Missy Elliott isn’t on hand to pass that dutch — as she did at the BET Awards — but at least occasional life coach Miley Cyrus shows up to represent the youths and extend a body part that is not her tongue.

TIME Music

Watch the Video for alt-J’s Miley Cyrus-Sampling “Hunger of the Pine”: Premiere

Arrows go flying in the band's violent new video, reminiscent of The Hunger Games


“Hunger of the Pine,” the Miley Cyrus-sampling song from English trio alt-J, sounds like it was recorded in a submarine miles beneath the oceans’s surface, complete with sonar-like pulses. The brand-new music video, however, could just as easily belong in The Hunger Gameseerie new ad campaign. The man running through the forest is, understandably, not as prepared for outdoor death matches as Katniss is, given all the arrows he fails to outrun, but at least there’s another strong female heroine present — Miley Cyrus, whose “I’m a female rebel” line from her Bangerz track “4×4″ is sampled throughout the song.

“I had a simple idea for a video and the wonderful director Nabil captured it perfectly,” frontman Joe Newmand tells TIME about the clip, which arrives ahead of the band’s upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours. As for the track itself, the band revealed last month to NPR that it’s about how “missing someone — pining — can be a physical pain much like hunger.” May the alts be ever in your favor.

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Watch Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips’ Insane New Video (NSFW)

The rock group teamed up with the controversial pop star -- and Moby -- to film their new video "Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain"


How much does Miley Cyrus love The Flaming Lips? Apparently so much that the recently bed-ridden pop star didn’t let an averse reaction to an antibiotic stop her from appearing in the group’s trippy new video.

The video is called “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain,” according to Rolling Stone, which premiered the video. The footage features Cyrus and Moby fighting for possession of John F. Kennedy’s brain. (Yes, really.)

“This is the video we originally intended to be for a song that has a reference to the drug LSD,” singer Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone. “We were lucky enough to get a couple of hours with a bedridden Miley Cyrus. And even though she was still quite ill, she was full of laughs and great absurd suggestions.”

The video is definitely out there, but the collaboration between Cyrus and The Flaming Lips isn’t all that surprising. During Miley’s Bangerz tour Los Angeles stop back in February, band members Coyne and Steven Drozd joined the “Wrecking Ball” singer on-stage.

[Rolling Stone]

TIME Music

Miley Cyrus, Life Coach: Lessons From the Bangerz Tour Special

Miley Cyrus Performs At The 02 Arena
Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. Simone Joyner—Getty Images

"The turkey with the longest neck is the one everyone is shooting at"

Miley Cyrus is mostly known as the tongue-wagging pop provocateur and former Hannah Montana child star who can’t be tamed, but as she showed Sunday night during her Bangerz Tour NBC television special, she could probably have a second career as a life coach should she ever want to. Unlike rock-docs from her pop peers Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and One Direction, Cyrus’ two-hour special stuck mostly to the music, but between dancing on stage with giant stuffed animals, covering OutKast and flying around the arena on a giant hotdog, she had some candid and — dare we say it — inspirational thoughts to share with the camera.

On being a pusher: “I think when people watch the show, my true fans, it’s just a bunch of kids, like, ready to party. They’re not sitting down, they’re not there trying to look cool in front of their friends … I see the faces and I feel like they’re learning. It feels safe in there. And there’s not many places where you’re around 20,000 people and feel safe. I think my fans feel safe in that room with me. I feel like they think that I’m some sort of a leader, and I’m giving them the push to go forward.”

On challenging standards of beauty by taking ugly selfies: “A lot of people say they truly don’t care what other people think but … [I] don’t,” Cyrus says before discussing her fondness for making weird faces in pictures, which she says encourages her fans to get weird on their own time. “Kids are posting these pictures that are really inspiring to other kids because it’s beauty in a totally different way.”

On being a media target: Cyrus says her new life motto is something country singer Kris Kristofferson told her father, Billy Ray Cyrus: “The turkey with the longest neck is the one everyone is shooting at.” We’re not entirely sure what that means, but in Cyrus Speak it probably translates into something about how the more she accomplishes, the more negative attention she’ll attract. In other words, haters gonna hate.

On how to deal with grief: “I think if I really [accept that he's dead], he might actually go at some point, which I don’t really want,” Cyrus says of the passing of her dog Floyd, who died on April Fool’s Day. “I have to not make myself sick over it because that’s what I did at first. I loved him so much. I really shut down more than I’ve ever let myself. You can try to move on, your shell can continue [to go] on stage every night, but internally I wasn’t [there].”

On helping out the mere mortals in the audience: While performing the ballad “Adore You,” Cyrus fires up the kiss cam and zooms in on couples who follow her instructions to make out. Fans are pretty shy at first, but once one couple goes for it, the rest start to feel comfortable enough to lock lips. “It’s hard being me, but it’s hard being them, too. It’s hard being a normal person and different,” she says of trying to make fans comfortable enough to get their smooch on. “The universe gives this responsibility to people who can handle it, and I believe I can handle it.”

On what to take away from adversity: “When people say everything happens for a reason, it’s more how you’re going to deal with something and knowing yourself more than you did [before],” she says, while reflecting on the wild year she’s had and the months she’s spent on the road. “I do think I know myself more than I did.”

TIME Music

Lily Allen Will Join Miley Cyrus on the Bangerz Tour

The "Sheezus" singer will join Miley Cyrus's Bangerz tour for a select group of US performances in August


It looks like Lady Sheezus will be riding the “Wrecking Ball” this summer as Lily Allen is set to join Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour for a handful of U.S. dates.

From Aug. 1 until Aug. 10, Allen — who has just released a video for “URL Badman” (above) from her latest album Sheezus – will open for Cyrus at seven shows. Allen is reportedly a big Miley fan and has repeatedly praised Cyrus in both interviews and live performances, so it’s unsurprising that she’d be keen to join the Bangerz thrill ride. (Other acts who’ve opened for Miley on the Bangerz Tour, which began Feb. 14, include Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira.)

Shortly after that, Allen will kick off her own North American tour on Sept. 9 in Miami.


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Shailene Woodley: Parents Should Stop Freaking Out About Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus Shailene Woodley
Left: Miley Cyrus; Right: Shailene Woodley Getty Images (2)

Keep calm and twerk on, Miley — Shailene's got your back

Shailene Woodley in the July issue of Vanity Fair came to the surprising defense of another young female celebrity: Miley Cyrus.

“Miley isn’t rude or mean or cruel to anyone in her actions,” the 22-year-old Fault in Our Stars told the magazine. “She just does herself. And regardless of whether you agree with what she’s doing or not, it’s none of your business what she does.”

Cyrus has been criticized in the past for her less-than-wholesome performances, particularly at the VMAs with Robin Thicke and the sexually themed theatrics of her Bangerz tour, and their potential influence on her young fans.

But, to Woodley at least, that criticism is ridiculous. “She’s not in the world doing mean things. Why are all these parents or all these people freaking out about Miley being herself?” Woodley said.

The young actress also advised parents to redirect their attention to non-Miley-related issues. “If you don’t want your kids to watch it, you know, you can change that situation at home, but don’t make a big deal of what she’s doing,” Woodley said. “Make a big deal about the bullies at school who are beating kids up.”

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A Miley Cyrus Documentary Is Coming to NBC

US singer Miley Cyrus performs on stage at the Telenor Arena, in Fornebu, outside Oslo, on May 28, 2014. AFP—AFP/Getty Images

The special will go behind-the-scenes on her Bangerz Tour

Just in case you were missing Miley Cyrus’ constant presence on your television and your Facebook feed, you will soon be able to tune into the Miley documentary. NBC announced Thursday that it will air a two-hour Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour special on July 6 at 9 p.m. E.T.

The documentary follows the 21-year-old pop sensation behind the scenes on her Bangerz tour, which began in April after Cyrus delayed multiple performances because she was sick. The show will include live performance footage from her upcoming concerts in Spain and Portugal. The network promised to “examine what makes [Cyrus] such a global phenomenon.”

The announcement comes of the heels of reports that HBO will air a miniseries featuring performances from Beyoncé on her Mrs. Carter world tour. Both NBC and HBO seem to be banking on the popularity of their respective performers to bump ratings in the slow summer months.

But unlike premium cable channel HBO, broadcast channel NBC may have to edit its footage carefully: Cyrus rode a giant inflatable penis during her recent concert in London.


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