Justin Timberlake delayed a live interview to spend time with a teenage brain surgery survivor on Tuesday.
The singer was on his way to chat to a radio station in New York City yesterday, when he met Tina DiLascio – whose 13-year-old daughter Giana underwent surgery on a serious blockage in her pituitary gland last year. As Tina told Justin all about her child’s bravery during her health battles, the heartthrob was so impressed he asked to meet her.
Giana was waiting outside the building, so Tina raced outside to take her in to meet Justin – who happily waited for her. Giana is a huge fan of Justin and was thrilled to be introduced to one of her idols. The pair chatted for “several minutes”, according to TMZ, during which Justin asked his young fan if she had watched his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
Giana revealed she had enjoyed seeing him take to the stage to belt out a medley of his hits, reunite with his ‘N SYNC bandmates and receive the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award for his career achievements.
During their conversation, Giana told Justin he was the “next Michael Jackson” and the R&B star was clearly blown away by the compliment as he bowed his head and said “thank you”.
The teenager belongs to the Make a Wish Foundation – a charity which helps children with life-threatening realise their dreams.
Before Justin had to leave for his radio interview, Giana asked if they could pose together for a photograph. Justin quipped that he would only agree if she made the picture her screen saver.
The 32-year-old star then told Giana to “be well” and gave her a huge hug before they went their separate ways.
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