Raise your hand if you remember Selfie Kid from the 2018 Super Bowl! Yeah, us too!
The precocious teen rose to fame after a chance encounter during the halftime Super Bowl performance with none other than boy-bander-turned-famous-solo-performer Justin Timberlake. While the pop star made his way through the crowds, he stopped long enough so that Selfie Kid, a.k.a. Ryan McKenna, could snap a pic with him — but not before McKenna had to stop and essentially reboot his entire phone. Cue the memes created by Twitter users who couldn’t help but wonder if the young teen was in fact googling “who is Justin Timberlake?” per Harper’s Bazaar.
McKenna, however, was adamant that he was very familiar with the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” crooner. “I just thought to myself, ‘I’ll never get this opportunity again in my whole life.’ I just went for it,” he explained about his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during an interview with the Pioneer Press.
So what is the teenager up to these days? And does he keep in touch with his Super Bowl buddy, JT? Keep reading to find out!
Selfie Kid has become a legit selfie collector
One day you’re attending the Super Bowl and the next you’re doing interviews on huge talk shows, including Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, per Daily Mail. Okay so maybe that’s not the trajectory of an average person’s life, but that’s exactly what happened to Ryan McKenna, better known as Selfie Kid.
Since the 2018 Super Bowl, it appears McKenna has made it his personal mission to collect as many selfies as possible with celebrities. He even attended the 2019 Super Bowl and managed to snag a pic with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, NFL MVP, and Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mahomes.
McKenna also enjoyed a hefty increase in followers after his brush with fame at the 2018 Super Bowl. The Daily Mail reported that McKenna gained over 8,000 new Instagram followers overnight! That’s a lot of new IG friends!
Recently McKenna got in on the Bernie Sanders meme action that has been spreading across the internet like wildfire following President Joe Biden’s inauguration. The teenager posted a picture of himself taking a selfie juxtaposed with Sanders sitting idly at the inauguration with his arms crossed. Hey, maybe one day McKenna can get a real selfie with the senator!
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