Justin Timberlake Interrupts Concert to Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Fan With Autism
When the parents of an 8-year-old boy with autism learned that he wanted to go see a Justin Timberlake concert for his birthday, they had no idea that JT would give their son the best surprise he could have imagined.
Earlier this week, during the show in San Jose, California, Timberlake asked the whole crowd to join him in singing “Happy Birthday” to Julian.
In a blog post describing the moment, Julian’s mom, Marika Rosenthal Delan, wrote that she was concerned about bringing a young boy — especially one with autism — to an adult concert. She said she was worried about her son’s “obsessions, his volume, his repetitiveness, his clumsiness, if he would spill someone’s drink and if they would be unkind to him.”
Her fears were put to rest when the girls sitting in front of them, whom she thought Julian had been annoying the most by constantly kicking their chairs and yelling loudly, got the singer’s attention and kindly urged him to give the boy the birthday gift of his life.
The touching moment can be seen in the video below, which the family posted to Facebook.
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