Things were a lot different for Miley Cyrus at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards! Last year, the singer made headlines for twerking with Robin Thicke and giving one of the show’s raunchiest performances to date. This year, she’s being talked about for a much different reason.
The 21-year-old showed up with a mystery date named Jesse, and his background was revealed when he accepted her Video of the Year award for “Wrecking Ball.”
“I am accepting this award for the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youths in the United States who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now,” he told the audience, nervously. “I know this because I’m one of those people. I 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.”
Miley looked on in tears as Jesse made his statement. She’s currently working with My Friend’s Place, an organization that gives homeless youth opportunities, and is encouraging her fans to do the same by making donations.
“I’m starting this campaign not only to bring awareness to this issue, but also to raise funds to end youth homelessness,” she wrote. “This campaign is about helping homeless youth have opportunity to find their inner power and potential – no matter what their circumstances.”