He’s got a very good team on his side! 90 Day Fiancé star Jay Smith got a second chance at freedom earlier this week when he was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. But he has one very special person to thank for bailing him out of jail — his employer, Ego. Now, in an exclusive statement to In Touch, the owner of Ego Ink tattoo shop in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania explained why he decided to help Jay out in such an immense way during his time of need. Scroll through the gallery below for the exclusive details!
“I just know that Jay needed help and it seemed right to help a very very wonderful energetic guy,” Ego exclusively told In Touch. “[I] can’t see him stuck in an unfortunate situation. He deserves better.”
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“I was in the same boat [as] him pretty much in every way when I was younger. I was incarcerated for a long time with no visits, phone calls, letters or money in the books. I came from the Philippines when I was 17 years old and wanted to be a tattooist when I first came to [the] U.S., I was in a bad relationship before as well with a woman who has mental issues, so I pretty much understand where he is coming from,” Ego continued.
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“So if I can help someone not go to the same path I went through and waste their time in jail, I just feel that it’s the right thing to do,” Ego added.
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“Plus, [getting] to know him that he is very a good human being and means well and [is] respectful helped me to decide to help him even [more],” Ego said.
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“Some people just get the worst luck and hoping they learn from it. [The] great thing his still young and has a lot more to learn and offer as well than crushing his American dream over unfortunate circumstances,” Ego added.
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Ego bailed Jay out of ICE custody on Wednesday, July 31, after his bail was set for $4,500 at a hearing earlier that day.
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Just hours after Ego paid Jay’s bail, Jay was picked up from the ICE detention center at York County Prison in York, Pennsylvania by his friend and rumored girlfriend, Kayla O’Brien.
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Jay seemed to be elated to finally be free, and since then, the Jamaica native has been keeping busy. He’s been sharing video clips on his Instagram Story of him back at work at Ego Ink, where he works as a tattoo apprentice.
“This past month had been very eye-opening for me 😐, I’ve lost & I’ve gained but most of all I’ve learned ALOT!!!” the 21-year-old wrote on Instagram.
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“This situation had made me realized all who are with me & all who are against me and I’ve been given a second chance and I will make the best of it to my ability,” he continued.
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“And I’ll start by expressing my deep appreciation for all the help and support I’ve gotten from my FAMILIES, LOVED ONES, ATTORNEYS, BOSS/COWORKERS, FRIENDS and to all my FOLLOWERS and PERSONS that PRAYED for me and also donated to my GOFUNDME campaign,” Jay added.
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“I am beyond grateful and without your help, I would not have been a free man today,” he wrote.
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“One last thanks to the people who walked in my life and made it better and thanks to the ones that walked out and made it AMAZING,” Jay concluded.
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Jay is currently awaiting his deportation hearing, which will be announced at a later date. He is also still in the process of getting a divorce from his estranged wife and fellow 90 Day Fiancé star, Ashley Martson.