Justin Timberlake's half-time show creates newest internet star - KCTV5 News

Justin Timberlake's half-time show creates newest internet star - Selfie Kid

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BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts teenager who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show has become a social media sensation.

Thirteen-year-old Ryan McKenna said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday that his phone "exploded" with messages and phone calls and he now has thousands of new social media followers.

Ryan says he was unprepared for his brush with fame. Timberlake, he said, "just came up and I just like jumped right in there with him."

He got a shout-out from his school, the private Derby Academy in Hingham south of Boston, which tweeted out one of McKenna's photos.

Ryan is also getting some free skiing. He was wearing a sweatshirt bearing the name of Maine's Sunday River ski resort, which offered him a free season pass.

"I just thought to myself, ‘I’ll never get this opportunity again in my whole life. I just went for it."

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McKenna instantly became internet famous. He said, "I can't believe it."

"It was already crazy to be at the Super Bowl in the first place, then all of a sudden I’m up on the jumbotron and everyone is talking about me. I can’t believe it.”

He's sure to make rounds on major talk shows, and he's already booked for Good Morning America. Online, Twitter exploded with the hashtag #SelfieKid. It became a trending topic everywhere.

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Some Twitter users compared him to a young Justin Timberlake.

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Others wondered what he might be looking at on his phone.

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