The last point was proven during a concert, when he and 25,000 fans sang “Happy Birthday” to an 8-year-old boy with autism in the audience whose only dream was that very experience.
In a post on The Manifest Station, Marika Rosenthal Delan wrote that her son Julian had one wish for this 8th birthday: to see Timberlake in concert. Julian’s parents made that wish come true by taking him to see Timberlake at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Aug. 11. Like Timberlake, young Julian even wore a fedora and JT-branded bow tie for the occasion.
During the show, Julian excitedly chanted, “It’s my birthday!! This is my present! This is my present! I I Love You JT!” His mother feared that her son’s singing and yelling might annoy the “model-esque girls” sitting next to them, she wrote. But before they knew it, the surrounding concert-goers had helped get Timberlake’s attention on stage, which ended with him leading the arena crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Julian.
“It took us over an hour just to get outside the arena whilst Julian was high-fiving and fist-bumping everyone that stopped him,” Julian’s mother wrote. “Thank you for showing me I was wrong about what the world would do when they saw my son. Thank you for seeing him and not just his disability.”
Aw, lovely! Here’s a picture of Julian:
And here’s a video of Justin singing to him:
Sometimes you just need a feel good story like this to brighten things up a bit, yknow?
August 18, 2014 at 11:00 am by Jennifer
Oh, Justin Timberlake, what an interesting past you had. From your beginnings on the Mickey Mouse Club to your Ramen noodle hair phase in *NSYNC to bringing sexy back and desecrating Michael Jackson’s legacy… it’s been a wild road.
Incidentally, that road apparently started with country roots, as Justin was caught on camera performing a cover of Garth Brooks’ ‘Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House’ as a pre-teen, complete with cowboy hat and boots! It’s so, so good, guys. Not legit good, but good in that “Oh boy, this is something else!” kinda way. Enjoy!
May 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm by Jennifer
One of the best and worst things to happen to the world is technology. On one hand, it’s allowed so many brilliant things to happen – the Internet, fancy phones, medical advancements, etc. On the other hand, it means we can now “bring back” dead musicians to allow those that are still living to make a mockery of their career by “duetting” on “new” songs. Such is the case with Justin Timberlake, who sang “with” Michael Jackson on a new single called ‘Love Never Felt So Good’.
This song isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever had, but I’m so weirded out by this whole process (y’all remember the Susan Boyle/Elvis debacle) that I just can’t take it seriously. NOPE.
May 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Jennifer
Justin Timberlake was performing in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday night, where something very special happened. Apparently back in November, a fan named Josh got in touch with Timberlake’s people to ask if he could help him propose at the singer’s concert, and surprisingly, Justin said yes!
After singing ‘That Girl’ at the show, Justin called Josh and his girlfriend Kim to the stage and told Kim that Josh had something to tell her. The proposal happened, Kim said yes, everyone (including Justin) cheered, and true love prevailed at a Justin Timberlake concert. Go figure!
This is actually pretty cool that he went along with this. Maybe that’ll get people to stop being so mean to him!
December 17, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Justin Timberlake was on Sirius XFM’s The Highway earlier this week, where he declared that his dreams of being a country superstar are “still alive”. On The 20/20 Experience – Part 2, he’s got a song called ‘Drink You Away’, which is apparently country inspired… but he doesn’t want to stop there!
“I just did an interview earlier today and I said ‘I’m America, that’s what I am – in all sense of the word’. I grew up outside of Memphis, Tennessee, and I listened to country music, R&B music, classic rock… everything.
“I still got my eyes on a ‘Best Country Album’. There’s time for that.”
Well, I’m not so sure about that… and I think it would probably be career suicide, actually. Please don’t ever make a country album, Justin.
November 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Justin Timberlake just wants to entertain the world! He wants to sing and dance and act and brighten your day with his luminous talent… or something! So that’s why he doesn’t get why some critics are so mean and say things like “You shouldn’t make movies EVER AGAIN!” or “Ew, your music sucks!” After all, Justin is a grown man who’s found incredible success and has more millions of dollars than I have fucks to give, so it makes sense that what random people write in magazines would get to him, right?
“Where did all this vitriol come from? It’s mean. And I’m not cut out for it. [Runner, Runner] didn’t do well at the box office, so I should quit? Hold on a second. If I was somebody else, you wouldn’t have said that.
“I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn’t have released it? Come on, man. You sound like a dickhead. It just shocked me because, like, you’re trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it.”
Yeah, but maybe you’re kinda sounding like the bigger dickhead for responding to it and being so bothered? I feel like the most obvious rule of all, the most important rule created when it comes to haters is DON’T ENGAGE! If you respond in a butthurt way, you just look corny because you show it bothered you rather than continuing to live your life and doing you because that’s what you want to do.
Come on, Justin – you’ve been in this business long enough to know better. I’m going to need you to fill out this form: