By making an impression for one fleeting moment during Justin Timberlake’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, Ryan McKenna — aka “Selfie Kid” — is now a pop culture legend. The meme-able 13-year-old has now taken fame to the next level, going on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and getting a surprise from a familiar voice: that of Timberlake himself.
Ryan — a New England Patriots fan from Scituate, Mass. — told host Ellen DeGeneres everything that has come from his onscreen moment during the big game has been “so amazing.” He was just happy to have been there at all, explaining how it was “a dream come true” when his dad surprised him with tickets just two weeks before.
When it came to the selfie itself, Ryan explained that he was told they were in a good section but didn’t know the “Man of the Woods” singer would be coming up into the stands. Seated a few rows back from where the action was, Ryan was determined to get up close to the pop star for a photo opp.
“I pushed through — I was elbowing people. But I got there and I was there with him,” he said. “I have the iPhone 6, so that thing’s slow. It just shut off. That’s why all the memes formed.”
Just when you thought the excitement level couldn’t get any higher for Ryan, DeGeneres revealed that Timberlake was on the phone and wanted to say hello. The two exchanged pleasantries before Timberlake offered up a fun way for Ryan — along with the rest of his family — to meet him for real this time … and to get a second selfie.
“I’ll tell you what I want to do: because it was so unexpected that you came down and because all of this has happened, I thought to myself, ‘I really want to meet you properly,’ ” the “Filthy” singer said. “I’m coming to TD Garden on tour to play in Boston. I’d like to invite you and your family to come.” Ryan, of course, was thrilled.
Then, to top it all off, DeGeneres offered up another surprise: a VIP experience to a Patriots home game next season, four tickets to a game, and four field passes for before a game — all courtesy of the NFL.
It’s safe to say that McKenna and his family are having a great 2018 so far.
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