The TRUTH about Balloon Boy Falcon Henne‘s life of squalor!

An ENQUIRER investigation has discovered that 6-year-old Falcon Heene – whose distress over his con man dad Richard caused him to vomit on national TV – and his brothers slept on cardboard and lived on fast food while their parents cooked up get-rich-quick reality TV schemes.

"I knew the Heene family a couple years ago when they lived in Los Angeles, and the kids’ world was a living hell!" a family friend told The ENQUIRER.

"The five of them lived in a filthy, roach-infested recording studio. The kids slept on cardboard instead of mattresses.

"All they had to eat was fast food and Top Ramen soup."

The boys- Falcon, 8-year-old Ryo, and Bradford, 10 – frequently had to leave the studio during the day because their dad Richard and mom Mayumi didn’t want anyone to know the family was living there, said the source.

"They hid the children from the landlord," the source divulged.

"The building had no shower and no bathtub. The kids rarely bathed. Their clothes were dirty, and their shoes were often damp.

 "The parents’ sole ambition seemed to be to get rich quick on reality TV."

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