Jelly Roll Says He Was The “Worst Criminal Ever,” Even Police Felt Bad For Him

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Jelly Roll has always been pretty open about his troubled past with his fans.

Despite his many run-ins with the law, he has jokingly admitted that he thinks he was “the worst criminal ever.”

The “Save Me” singer recently appeared on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, where he openly talked about his past as a young troublemaker. During the interview, he shared a funny story that he’s never told before about running away from the police when he was 15 while high on Xanax.

“You know how Xanax makes you a little slow anyways? In my mind, when the police pulled us over, I was like, ‘I’m just gonna run.’ So I opened the door, and in my mind, I jumped out [of the car], sprinted across the field, and almost made it.”

He then hilariously described his getaway attempt, admitting:

“I was so fat and Xanax-ed out, I stood out and got two steps. The cop was standing there watching me, and I fell, and he just laid on top of me.”

Believe it or not, his lack of criminal skills actually worked out in his favor.

“He felt so bad for me that he didn’t even charge me for trying to run.”

Jelly Roll continued to share more about his tough life in prison, and Howard asked him how he kept getting caught so often.

Jelly replied with a laugh, “I was the worst criminal ever. My successfulness of running from the police was zero in 20.”

His ability to laugh at his past and be real about it is just another reason why fans love him so much.

Watch Jelly Roll’s interview on The Howard Stern Show below.

After spending time in juvenile detention and prison, Jelly Roll has completely turned his life around.

His inspiring transformation was motivated by becoming a father while in jail and his determination to give back to at-risk kids.

“I honestly think if I wouldn’t have had a kid, I would have never broke that cycle.”

Recently, Jelly even donated a recording studio to the same detention center where he was once held, hoping to inspire the youth through music and mentorship.

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Although Jelly is in a better place in his life, his criminal history still present challenges, including his inability to tour overseas because of his past felony convictions.

RELATED: Jelly Roll Revisits His Old Jail Cell: “This Is Jail. It Sucks.”

Despite his troubled past, Jelly Roll’s career has never been stronger.

The singer is currently on his Beautifully Broken Tour and just released the first official single off of his upcoming album.

His new song, “I Am Not Okay,” is a powerful reminder that it’s okay to not be okay and that there’s hope. For Jelly, it’s undoubtedly a personal reminder of the hardships he has been able to overcome.

“‘I Am Not Okay’ is out now. For everyone going through something—it’s okay to not be okay, but it’s all gonna be alright!”


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Take a listen to Jelly Roll’s “I Am Not Okay” below and download the song on your favorite music service.

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