Posted: April 05, 2018
He's at it again!
The "selfie kid" - also known as Ryan McKenna from Scituate - met up with his friend Justin Timberlake ahead of the singer's show in Boston Wednesday night.
And he wasn't the only celebrity who stopped by to meet McKenna - Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was also at the meeting.
No word if McKenna knew Edelman, who was recently credited with helping to stop a potential school shooter, would be stopping by.
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Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Former boy band member turned solo artist, turned actor, turned dad Justin Timberlake performed at Sunday’s Super Bowl LII halftime show. While many speculated there would be a surprise appearance by Janet Jackson, or his former band members of NSYNC, he ultimately carried the show all by himself.
Introduced by BFF Jimmy Fallon, Timberlake rocked the stage in front of a small room of screaming fans before making his way into the stadium.
He sang several of his smash hits, including “Rock Your Body,” “Cry Me A River,” “My Love,” “SexyBack,” “Suit and Tie,” “Until The End Of Time” and “Can’t Stop This Feeling.”
As was rumored before the game, aside from his own music, Timberlake paid tribute to Prince, who died of a drug overdose in April 2016.
In honor of The Purple One, Timberlake played the piano and performed a rendition of “I Would Die 4 U,” and shared an enormous projection of Prince floating above them as the two sang a duet together. During the performance, the camera panned over Minneapolis, which was bathed in purple light in post-production in honor of the late singer.
Timberlake stuck with his word and didn’t give perform with any surprise guests.
Ahead of the Super Bowl, Timberlake said in a press conference that he was going to focus on his big band The Tennessee Kids at the game.
“To be honest, I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests,” Timberlake said. “There’s a whole list I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it, I heard, from ‘N Sync to (Jay-Z) to Chris Stapleton to Janet (Jackson). But this year, I’m just excited. My band The Tennessee Kids, they’re my special guests. And, I’m excited this year to rock the stage. And, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Timberlake closed the show with “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” Timberlake jumped into the stands and posed for a selfie with a teen as he performed.
Still, if Twitter is any indication, many were left underwhelmed by the halftime show.
Others still appreciated Timberlake’s artistry.
When 13-year-old Ryan McKenna walked into the U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, he never dreamed he'd be on the news.
McKenna and his family had been looking forward to watching the Patriots face off against the Eagles at the 52nd Super Bowl, but were definitely surprised to see Justin Timberlake walk up to them during his Super Bowl halftime show.
Halfway through his performance of "Can't Stop The Feeling", the last song on Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show set list, he walked up to the audience and picked lucky McKenna for a chance to snap a fan selfie.
With a swift swipe of a screen, McKenna immediately switched his phone screen from the video he was recording into selfie mode.
"I just thought to myself, 'I'll never get this opportunity again in my whole life,'" McKenna told the Pioneer Press.
It was that reaction that turned McKenna into an instant sensation.
"My phone started blowing up," father John McKenna told the Pioneer Press. "It died, like, instantly after it happened. We had friends from all over reaching out, I couldn't believe it."
McKenna, a seventh-grader at Derby Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts, posted the selfie to his social media accounts and has already gone viral.
The McKenna family flew into Minneapolis around noon on Sunday and had plans to fly out first thing on Monday morning, but those plans may already have changed.
“It’s been so crazy,” McKenna said. “I don’t even know what to think. All my friends have been texting me and stuff. It’s insane. I’ve gotten so many notifications, I’ve got like 36 Snapchats, like 21 DMs, and like 150 follower requests on Instagram."
McKenna was born in Greenville, North Carolina, and his family ran a boat business as they lived in New Bern, North Carolina, before they moved to Boston in 2013, WNCT reported.
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Days after Super Bowl LI, 13-year-old Ryan McKenna is still coming down from getting a selfie with halftime performer Justin Timberlake.
The photo -- and footage of Ryan trying to get his phone to snap the image -- has made the seventh-grader a viral sensation.
Ryan has been making the rounds speaking to media about the viral moment, but got a special surprise when he was on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday.
The New England Patriots fan from Hingham, Massachusetts said he didn’t know the musician would be walking through the crowd until it happened.
Ryan wasn’t in the prime spot at first.
“I pushed through—I was elbowing people,” said. “But I got there and I was there with him.”
Memes emerged of Ryan struggling with his phone, but he explained that he was trying to switch to video.
“Yes, I saw all the memes. I’ve seen those,” Ryan said. “My dad told me he was coming up so I had to push out there, but I had the video (on) when I was going out to Justin, and then I had the iPhone 6 and that thing is slow. So it just shut off, and that’s why all the memes formed.”
DeGeneres surprised Ryan with a phone call from Timberlake, who then surprised him with tickets to his show in Boston. DeGeneres then told him that the NFL gifted Ryan and his family with tickets to a Patriots home game next season and four pre-game tickets.
“Ryan, I look forward to meeting you and our second selfie together,” Timberlake said.
Watch Ryan chat with Timberlake on “Ellen” in the video below.
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