Celebrities Care, Too: Will.i.am Pays Off Mortgage for Two Families

Anyone who watches “MTV Cribs” knows that celebrities have quite lavish homes — and will.i.am of the Black Eye Peas is no exception. But what is exceptional is that he’s taking housewarming to a new level.

In reaction to the economic crisis, will.i.am recently founded the i.am home fund to help families facing foreclosure.

Growing up I dreamt that one day I’d be able to buy my mom a house and take care of my family. I realized that dream and experienced the positive effect giving back had on my family. Now I am compelled to help others who are in jeopardy of losing their homes and inspire others to join the movement. The collapse of the housing market and the economic crisis has left millions in jeopardy of losing their homes. The crisis awakened a personal mission to create the i.am home fund to save people facing the very real problem of foreclosure and homelessness.

will.i.am unveiled his new foundation on “Oprah” by surprising two families struggling to keep their homes. In an emotional moment, will.i.am agreed to pay the $350,000 remaining on their mortgages.

The star shared with Oprah his motives: “I don’t dream of being mega, crazy rich; I just wanna be able to create, make music and help people. Doing this isn’t gonna leave a dent in my house, but it could help somebody that really needs it. It’s something that means a lot to me.

For will.i.am, his act of benevolence was only the beginning of something bigger. With his new fund, he wants to ensure that more Americans are helped through these hard times: “If you bring people together who have big hearts and [are] caring, they can make a difference and help America’s problem out.

For some reason, “I Gotta Feeling” that this will be will.i.am’s next big hit.

Follow will.i.am’s lead and take action on the American economic crisis by: weighing in on how to fix our national debt or by urging the senate to hold big banks accountable for jobs and homes lost during this economic crisis.

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Leigh Ann P.
Leigh Ann P.7 years ago

Will.i. am you are my new favorite celebrity! It's wonderful to give to any charity, but to bring it home is really special. Seems to me you understand that you have been blessed, not only for your sake, but to help others. You are the best!!

Janice P.
Janice P7 years ago

Isn't a wonderful thing to see celebrities use their celebrity status for good, rather than to be known just for conspicuous consumption and trouble-making? Good for him!

Inez Deborah Altar


Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba7 years ago

Way to go Mr. Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas. Congrats.

Beverly G.
John Bilsborough7 years ago

Mary, thats really nice of you. Im sure many appreciate your efforts. What people dont get is that those who make the big bucks pay the big taxes. Most are silent charity givers. If everyone made the average salary where would all the money come from.
If this man made an average salary he would never have been able to help these people. This was a great thing he did. He chose where his money was going without the help of the government. Imagine that.

Kay Stone
Kay Stone7 years ago

What an awesome, unselfish thing to do. Kudos to will.i.am

Jewels S.
Jewels S7 years ago

I agree with Margaret. Where are all the CEO's and board members of all these big corporations? They could do one of these a week and it would not hurt their bank accounts. Wall Street needs to step up.

Margaret M.

Now, how about fat cats on Wall Street and elsewhere helping out. They have benefited from average Americans and they should also give back. I donate my hard earned money and time and make a mere pittance to what these characters make.

Mary C.
Mary C7 years ago

I saw this episode of Oprah, and everything about what Will was doing seemed VERY sincere and from the heart!! We need more like him!

Mrs M.
Linda M7 years ago

I don't know who this is, but celebrities could pitch in and create 100 new no-kill shelters within the week. We'd save hundreds of thousands of lives every year (if not more).