A young boy with Autism got the birthday gift of a lifetime when Justin Timberlake serenaded him midway through a recent concert during the pop star’s latest tour.
In a post on The Manifest Station, Marika Rosenthal Delan wrote that her son Julian had one wish for this 8th birthday: to see Timberlake in concert. Julian’s parents made that wish come true by taking him to see Timberlake at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Aug. 11. Like Timberlake, young Julian even wore a fedora and JT-branded bow tie for the occasion.
During the show, Julian excitedly chanted, “It’s my birthday!! This is my present! This is my present! I I Love You JT!” His mother feared that her son’s singing and yelling might annoy the “model-esque girls” sitting next to them, she wrote. But before they knew it, the surrounding concert-goers had helped get Timberlake’s attention on stage, which ended with him leading the arena crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Julian.
“It took us over an hour just to get outside the arena whilst Julian was high-fiving and fist-bumping everyone that stopped him,” Julian’s mother wrote. “Thank you for showing me I was wrong about what the world would do when they saw my son. Thank you for seeing him and not just his disability.”
If his beaming smile is any indication, Julian won’t be forgetting this birthday anytime soon. Watch his reaction to the birthday serenade in the video below.