Who needs cake or candles when you’ve got Justin Timberlake around?
The singer gave an eight-year-old boy quite the surprise last week when he stopped a performance in San Jose, California just to sing “Happy Birthday” to him.
Timberlake, along with a mere 25,000 concert-goers, serenaded Julian, who has autism.
Julian’s mother Marika said her son specifically asked to go to a JT concert for his birthday — and even wore a hat and bow-tie for the occasion.
“It was my son’s only gift request this year,” Marika shared in a post on the The Manifest-Station.
Marika said Julian had been trying to get Timberlake’s attention all night, but his voice was drowned out by the audience. Ultimately, a group of girls, who Marika worried would be annoyed by her son’s presence at the concert, jumped in to help.
“The group in front of us started yelling to get Justin’s attention, because despite his loud volume, Julian’s voice was not carrying. Only repeating. And then before we knew what was happening, the group in front of us that had turned out to be so incredibly kind all night to our birthday boy, and these gorgeous girls who I was convinced would be totally annoyed by Julian, had captured Justin’s attention,” said Marika. “And then it happened. Justin Timberlake was singing Happy Birthday. They all were.”
In the video, Julian, who shouts “this is my birthday present” when Timberlake stops the concert to talk to him, seems completely thrilled (and even a little shy!) when the crowd starts singing to him.
Watch the sweet moment below:
We’re guessing this is one birthday celebration that won’t soon be forgotten.