Before this past Sunday, Ryan McKenna was just another 13-year-old football fan from New England. Thanks to Justin Timberlake however, McKenna went from being a lucky kid cheering on his favorite team at this year's Super Bowl, to becoming a viral sensation thanks to a slow iPhone 6. A few years ago it was the Left Shark who stole the Super Bowl halftime show spotlight from Katy Perry. This time around it was McKenna who left the game on Sunday night as the real victor, thanks to Timberlake’s bold ambition to head into the stands where the teenager was there to greet him with what is now the most talked-about selfie in America.
McKenna was the guest on Ellen Degeneres’ daytime television show on Thursday, where she asked him about how his life has changed over the past week, in addition to re-introducing him to Mr. Timberlake live on set. According to McKenna’s interview with Ellen, which can be watched in full in the video above, no one in their stadium section had any idea that Timberlake was going to run up into their section. So it made for an even better surprise when the Man of the Woods singer called into the show to surprise his young fan with a chance to make up for his lack of selfie skills during their first meeting.
“Because all of this has happened, I really want to meet you properly,” Timberlake can be heard saying during their on-air phone conversation. “I’m going to be coming to TD Garden on tour to play in Boston, so I’d like to invite you and your family to come and stay for the show … Ryan, I look forward to meeting you and our second selfie together.”
The TD Garden show Timberlake refers to is the eighth scheduled sop as part of the singer’s upcoming North American tour, which is set to kick off in Toronto in just over a month on March 13. The spring tour will continue well into late May, with more North American and international dates expected to be announced as Timberlake will look to make 2018 a big year with his first new studio album since 2013. Tickets for select shows on the upcoming run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here. Surprise selfies in the audience are not guaranteed with the purchase of a ticket, but hey, you never know!