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Justin Timberlake Leads an Entire Stadium in Singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to an 8-Year-Old

The boy, who's autistic, says Timberlake is his favorite singer

JT superfan Julian Delian got to celebrate his eighth birthday by going to see his favorite artist perform in San Jose, Calif. Sporting a Timberlake-style fedora and bow tie, the boy was naturally very excited, and began yelling about his birthday and how excited he was to spend it at the concert.

Julian’s autistic, and his mother, Marika Rosenthal Delan, was worried that his chanting might annoy the people around them, People reports. Instead, they all banded together to try and get the singer’s attention — and it worked. They told him Julian was turning eight, to which he replied “Sorry about the profanity, Mom.”

He then urged the entire crowd to join him in serenading Julian, and go ahead and try and watch the video above with crying.

Oh, and here he is, totally pulling off that fedora:

My Beautiful Boy, where did 8 years go? 1 and then 2 and all of a sudden 3+ 5 all covered over with dirt and hot wheels. How did 8 years disappear among the legos, all the colors and shapes mixed together and unsorted, waiting to be assembled…. waiting to be remembered. Waiting for when your mama goes through the pictures. For when she puts them in the albums and says, "Oh, look at this one! Do you remember when you turned 4? Oh what about this one? Do you remember when we celebrated 6 years?" Do you remember? Do you remember all these things that feel like a balloon that I have lost grasp of the string? Do you remember when you stole my heart the minute they lay your warm wet body on my still heaving, labor heavy chest, a mere 8 years ago? I do. And i haven't been the same since, thank G-d. Thank you, my Beautiful Boy for showing me the world through your eyes. It is decidedly more breathtaking than anything I knew before there was you. On this day we celebrate your life and the beautiful light that you shine into the world. On this day we celebrate you. We love you, Julian AND we love YOU Justin Timberlake !!! thank you for making his birthday SO special!!! ‪#‎happybirthdayJulian‬ ‪#‎mamasboy‬ ‪#‎beautifulboy‬ ‪#‎growingupbutnotgrowingold‬ ‪#‎the2020experience‬

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