Justin Timberlake paused his set during a recent 20/20 concert when he heard the crowd yelling at him. One fan in particular, an autistic boy named Julian, was turning eight years old – and all he wanted was for Timberlake to wish him a happy birthday, as a recent video shows.
The video was first posted by Julian’s mother, writer Marika Rosenthal Delan. “Things started to unravel quickly in my mind as I looked around, giving way to my worries about Julian’s obsessions, his volume, his repetitiveness, his clumsiness, if he would spill someone’s drink and if they would be unkind to him…. basically all the things a parent worries about when they have a child that is easily misunderstood,” she wrote, in a concert recap for the blog The Manifest Station.
Throughout the show, Julian tried to capture Timberlake’s attention: “It’s my birthday! This is my present!” As the video shows, and despite Delan’s initial worries, the crowd of 25,000 didn’t mind. On Timberlake’s count, everyone joined in to sing “Happy Birthday” to Julian. Watch the adorable footage below.