Fair play to her. She could've just used him as a gimmick, but she seems committed to helping Jesse Helt (the fact that he's an aspiring model must help... I'm going to Hell) as well as the legion of homeless youth in the states.

The singer defended Jesse Helt - who she brought to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, where he collected the award for Video of the Year on her behalf - after it emerged there is a warrant out for his arrest.

The 21-year-old posted the following tweets last night

For those of you looking for the details (it's OK, it's human nature), here they are. Jesse is currently wanted by police in Salem, Oregon, for violating his probation, stemming from previous charges, including criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

He was also charged after he attempted to break into an apartment in 2010, and according to E! News, he violated his probation on numerous occasions by failing to take a drug test, failing to report to his probation officer, breaching his curfew and not completing his community service hours.

It's worth repeating... "People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included." Speaking as someone who was essentially homeless for well over a year aged 19, it's so important for there to be good support networks out there, otherwise I'd shudder to think where I would've wound up. I was blessed to have a lot of couches to sleep on, but not everyone's that lucky.

Jesse gave an emotional speech while accepting Miley's award on Sunday, saying: "My name is Jesse, and I'm accepting this award on behalf of 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth who are starving lost and scared right now."

The singer, who works with My Friends Place to help homeless youth, blanked all the swanky after parties in favour of an In-N-Out Burger to celebrate.