The Kid Who Got a Selfie With Justin Timberlake Might Be the True Star of the Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake's halftime performance brought a new star into the world.

This is a picture of Justin Timberlake.

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This is a picture of Justin Timberlake.

During Sunday's Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, Justin Timberlake put on one of the most controversial halftime shows in recent memory. Some loved it. Others hated it.

Regardless of how you felt about JT's performance, which included a polarizing cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U," it seems one star of the show garnered universal approval. As Timberlake wrapped up his performance, he entered the crowd to join the fans. 

He even took a selfie with one 13-year-old fan—but the young man did not seem particularly enthralled to be next to Timberlake. While everyone nearby clapped along with JT, the young man seemed much more interested in whatever was happening on his phone.

The young fan, Ryan McKenna, decided to just go for the selfie. “I just thought to myself, ‘I’ll never get this opportunity again in my whole life,'” McKenna told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I just went for it.”

McKenna's father told the news outlet that his son's "phone started blowing up."

"It died, like, instantly after it happened. We had friends from all over reaching out. I couldn’t believe it,” he added. McKenna instantly became a meme online.

when you're live in front of hundreds of millions but you have to get to get that tweet off
“I thought you said Justin Bieber”
the selfie kid is googling who justin timberlake is
This kid getting selfie with JT is all like “wait, who are you? What song is this?” #SuperBowlAds #justintimberlake
After the selfie, Justin Timberlake was dead to him.
Literally that kid Justin Timberlake sang next to in the crowd just stood there awkwardly not knowing the lyrics and that is me in any situation in life
That kid who awkwardly attempts to take a selfie when confronted with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl instead of actually enjoying the moment is the icon of my generation.

They say legends are immortalized in the Super Bowl. This kid didn't even need to make it onto the field to join that rarified air. 

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