The selfie kid from Justin Timberlake’s halftime performance was the real winner on Super Bowl Sunday! A 13-year-old boy named Ryan McKenna took the Internet by a storm on Sunday, February 4, when he snapped a photo with the “Filthy” singer during his Super Bowl LII set.
“There was a Super Bowl halftime lady and she, like, said that we were in a special section,” McKenna explained during a Monday, February 5, appearance on Good Morning America about Timberlake going through the crowd during his performance. “He just came up, and I just, like, jumped right in there with him. And he stopped right in our row so it was perfect.”
He continued, “I had a video going and my phone shut off. That’s why I was on my phone. And I love him, because he’s, like, my favorite singer, and I had to get the selfie with him … Immediately right after, my phone just exploded.”
“It was definitely a great opportunity,” McKenna added. “This was insane, like this was crazy that I got to meet him and get a picture with him, because he’s awesome.”
Social media couldn’t help but turn the viral moment into a meme:
“When your friend go dancing with strangers at the club and u just don’t know what to do #selfiekid,” one fan tweeted.
— Triyoncé (@tribranchvo) February 5, 2018
“Oh, that’s what he was looking at! #selfiekid,” another user captioned a tweet joking that the selfie kid was googling “Who is Justin Timberlake” during the show.
— Whitley Bailey (@whitleybree) February 5, 2018
One meme read, “Dude, I just met Branch from Trolls.”
— Aubrey Lynn (@LittleMissPoops) February 5, 2018
“What #selfiekid was really doing,” a fan wrote alongside a picture of the lyrics to Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
— flamin hot cheetos (@baylorfit) February 5, 2018
Scroll through to see other reactions to McKenna’s selfie with JT:
— Lizbeth Garcia (@lizbethmunozz) February 5, 2018
— Jackson McHenry (@McHenryJD) February 5, 2018
— Mike T (@majtague) February 5, 2018
— JillNicole✨ (@jillhallahan) February 5, 2018
— John M. Bishop (@JohnBishop71) February 5, 2018