Crazy childhood of Australia’s biggest star

From being kicked out of the housing commission surrounded by “meth heads” to billions of views, The Kid Laroi has had quite the ride.

It’s hard to believe that just three years ago, global rap superstar The Kid Laroi lived in a housing commission building in Sydney’s mid-west, surrounded by drugs and violence.

The 18-year-old singer, who is currently on a sold-out tour of Australia this month, comes from humble beginnings and has achieved success through dedication and talent.

Laroi, real name Charlton Howard, was born and raised in the western Sydney suburb of Redfern by his mother and uncle, who were murdered in 2015. Laroi later lived in the mining town of Broken Hill in the NSW region from the age of seven. with his mother, brother and grandparents.

After a short stint in Adelaide, where he attended private school Sacred Heart College, he moved back to Sydney in 2017. It was there that he started rapping aged 12 and caught the eye. attention from Sydney-based producer Khaled Rohaim.

But it was not always a smooth journey. While attending the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School in Sydney on a scholarship, Howard and his mother were evicted from their home after complaints about noise and traffic.

He spent the next two years couch surfing with his mother while relentlessly pursuing a career in music.

In 2015, while living in Adelaide, Howard (performing as Charlton) was starting to make a name for himself alongside DJ Ladykiller in a duo they called the Dream Team.

In an interview with Spotify, Howard opened up about his life as a teenager living in a rundown house near drug use.

“It got to a point where we had nowhere to go. We were like, stay on my mom’s couch and shit like that. And [a man] was literally cooking meth right next to us. S**t was getting really hectic,” he said.

“When you get kicked out of social housing, it’s like you’re screwed. Because, like, social housing is the last resort. So after that, it’s like, ‘What the fuck? Where do I go from here?’

“I took me and my little brother to Los Angeles. And we have a little house and shit.

In 2019, thanks to the endorsement of late rap icon Juice Wrld, The Kid Laroi burst onto the international music scene, winning two ARIAs, five Billboard Music Awards, an iHeartRadio Music Award, and nominations for two Grammy Awards and three MTVs. Video Music Awards.

Principal of Sacred Heart School in Broken Hill, Steve Byrne, said Laroi’s talent was evident when he enrolled.

“It was part of the discussion when he signed up, that he had this particular talent that was identified,” Mr Byrne said.

“He was certainly very creative and talented in music when he was here.

“People understand better now, looking back, how talented he was.”

The director said locals were delighted to hear of his return to the countryside on his 2022 tour.

“The students are all really excited that he’s here. This is another great product from Broken Hill,” Mr. Byrne said.

“There’s a lot of support here for him…what a great talent.”

Laroi returned to Sydney in 2017 on a performing arts scholarship, but dropped out in the middle of year 9 to pursue the dream of showbiz.

“I can assure you that for a 9th grader to be so committed to his destiny is extraordinary,” Mr Byrne said.

Howard, who is now based in the US, appeared on Sunrise during his tour of Australia and spoke about how he stays grounded and tries to spend his money wisely. After humble beginnings, it looks like the 18-year-old hasn’t let success warp him.

“Someone asked me today… ‘now that you’re rich, where is all your jewelry?'” the Sydney-born singer said. “I said I was trying to stay rich.”

While a rich and famous lifestyle can lead so many other young stars astray, Laroi said his mother instilled in him good saving habits and always helped him keep his feet on the ground.

“(Mom) doesn’t like me spending money,” he shared, “but she tells me to treat myself because I’m always super frivolous…I’m a tightwad.”

He admitted that he found public speaking difficult, preferring to express himself through music.

“Writing for me has always been an outlet,” he said. “As you can probably see, I’m not the best at talking. I get a lot of anxiety…I’m bad at communicating.

“Music is a place where I can talk about things that I don’t really feel comfortable talking about out loud.”

It’s a point he proved when asked about his girlfriend, TikTok star Katarina Deme, 18. He kept his answer short and sweet: “She’s the best.”

Deme is the subject and featured in the music video for Laroi’s latest single thousand miles.

“I didn’t know if I was ready to be in a relationship,” he said. “I wanted to be a musician and there are a lot of things that come with that. But, I mean, I changed my mind.

Laroi’s next show is Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on June 4, ahead of his last sold-out show on June 7 in Brisbane.

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