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The Kid Laroi is ‘blessed’ to provide for his family and reflects on friendship with Justin Bieber


The Kid Laroi says he’s ‘blessed’ to be able to provide for his mother Sloane and younger brother Austin as he reflects on his career and friendship with pop megastar Justin Bieber


The Kid Laroi may be taking the world by storm with his hit songs and collaborations.

But the Sydney-born singer and rapper has done it all to help provide for his mother Sloane and younger brother Austin.

The 18-year-old, born Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard, proudly told The Daily Telegraph on Saturday: ‘I’m definitely blessed that I’m able to do that.’

‘I’m definitely blessed that I’m able to do that’: The Kid Laroi may be taking the world by storm with his hit songs and collaborations. But the Sydney-born singer and rapper has done it all to help provide for his family

His rags to riches story began in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Waterloo, where he was born and grew up in relative poverty, spending his formative years in a housing commission block and couch surfing with his mother.

He began rapping at the age of 13, predominantly as an outlet to process his family struggles and the death of his uncle two years earlier.

He achieved modest success as a finalist in Australian radio station Triple J’s Unearthed High competition, but his real breakthrough came when he was signed as international rap sensation Juice Wrld’s labelmate at Grade A Productions in 2019.

Taking care of family: His rags to riches story began in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Waterloo, where he was born and grew up in relative poverty, spending his formative years in a housing commission block and couch surfing with his mother Sloane (pictured)

Taking care of family: His rags to riches story began in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Waterloo, where he was born and grew up in relative poverty, spending his formative years in a housing commission block and couch surfing with his mother Sloane (pictured)

The duo quickly became close, with Laroi even referring to Juice as his ‘big brother’ after being selected to support him on the Sydney and Melbourne legs of his Australian tour in November 2019.

Fate took a cruel turn and just weeks later on December 8, Juice Wrld died at the age of 21, after suffering a reported seizure at Chicago Midway International Airport.

Prior to his death, Juice recorded a verse for GO, the lead single on Laroi’s debut mixtape, knowing full well it would rocket the teen to fame overnight.

Close: His is real breakthrough came when he was signed as international rap sensation Juice Wrld's (pictured) label mate at Grade A Productions in 2019. The duo quickly became close, with Laroi even referring to Juice as his 'big brother' after being selected to support him on the Sydney and Melbourne legs of his Australian tour in November 2019

Close: His is real breakthrough came when he was signed as international rap sensation Juice Wrld’s (pictured) label mate at Grade A Productions in 2019. The duo quickly became close, with Laroi even referring to Juice as his ‘big brother’ after being selected to support him on the Sydney and Melbourne legs of his Australian tour in November 2019

Paying off: Laroi told the publication of his rise to the top: 'I always pictured it happening like this though, so I can't really say that I'm surprised because this is what I've worked towards to do'. Pictured at the Leeds Festival last month

Paying off: Laroi told the publication of his rise to the top: ‘I always pictured it happening like this though, so I can’t really say that I’m surprised because this is what I’ve worked towards to do’. Pictured at the Leeds Festival last month

It did just that upon its release in June 2020, and in the blink of an eye the talented underdog from Waterloo had a single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 – topping megastar Justin Bieber that he’s been compared to – a feat many artists can only ever dream of achieving.

Laroi told the publication of his rise to the top: ‘I always pictured it happening like this though, so I can’t really say that I’m surprised because this is what I’ve worked towards to do.’

While he may have outdone Bieber with his song GO, it is clear the Canadian star recognised his talent after sending Laroi a message complementing him on his music.

Talent recognising talent: While he may have outdone Bieber (right) with his song GO, it is clear the Canadian star recognised his talent after sending Laroi a message complementing him on his music, which eventually led to a collaboration

Talent recognising talent: While he may have outdone Bieber (right) with his song GO, it is clear the Canadian star recognised his talent after sending Laroi a message complementing him on his music, which eventually led to a collaboration

From there the two developed a friendship and eventually led to their collaboration on the song Unstable for Justin’s most recent album Justice.

‘That definitely shocked me. I was like, “Oh, s***, this is crazy’ because I looked up to him when I was little, so, yeah, that was crazy,’ Laroi said.

The two have also collaborated on the hit song Stay, which got The Kid Laroi earned him the number one spot on charts around the world. 

Surprise friendship: Laroi said of his friendship with Bieber: 'That definitely shocked me. I was like, "Oh, s***, this is crazy' because I looked up to him when I was little, so, yeah, that was crazy'. Pictured at the Reading Festival in August

Surprise friendship: Laroi said of his friendship with Bieber: ‘That definitely shocked me. I was like, “Oh, s***, this is crazy’ because I looked up to him when I was little, so, yeah, that was crazy’. Pictured at the Reading Festival in August

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