For recent high school graduate Nat Werth, life has been pretty surreal. The 18-year-old was barred from speaking as valedictorian at his high school graduation because he wanted to use the moment to come out to his classmates. Since then, the teen has seen a wave of support from his family, friends, the city of Milwaukee, and now pop diva Jennifer Lopez.
Last week (July 3), Lopez met Werth backstage at her It’s My Party Tour stop in Milwaukee to pose for a photo. The star then shared that photo and a news clip on her social media two days later, thanking the young man for using his platform for good. “Nat, thank you for celebrating with me... Always standing with you,” she wrote. “Continue to use your voice and spread only love and acceptance. Don’t stop being you.”
Werth later said in a statement to the Today show that he was thrilled to meet Lopez, saying it was “absolutely an amazing experience [I] will never forget.”