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    From inviting them on stage to making their final wish come true, celebrities have a way of pampering their fans

    Sometime last year, football star Christiano Ronaldo was dribbling the ball on the busy streets of Madrid
    in disguise—wearing sunglasses, a fake beard and baggy clothes. Passersby hardly gave him a second look, but a young boy played alongside the ‘stranger’. It was a good five minutes of playing before Ronaldo revealed himself. The video went viral and the kid even got a signed football from the star. Here are some more such endearing fan moments.
    — Compiled by Nandini Kumar

    pg21-3Batman calls
    Ben Affleck recently surprised tourists at the Warner Bros Studio in Hollywood by showing up in his Batmobile. In a video, which has got over eight lakh views, the 43-year-old actor—who plays Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—surprised tourists who were talking about how Superman would win the showdown in the upcoming film. “Are you real?” one fan asked in disbelief. “I am real,” he answered, making them all double up with laughter. Affleck even let a woman touch his face to confirm he was real and showed a little girl how to use the super car. He then took a fan for a spin around the studio.

    pg21-4V-Day surprise
    In early February, Channing Tatum made a woman’s Valentine’s Day dream come true. The Hail, Caesar! star stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    to surprise an unsuspecting guest with his hilarious take on the art of seduction. “Wouldn’t it be funny if we didn’t find anybody?” Channing mused, but his worries were unfounded when one lucky fan, Jennifer, volunteered to be the actor’s Valentine. Telling Kimmel that her heart was “beating a thousand miles a minute”, the full-time student joined Channing on a love seat in front of the studio audience. The 35-year-old star proceeded to feed Jennifer heart-shaped candies, reading the captions written on them, while romantic music played in the background.

    pg21-1The great duet
    Jessie J surprised one of her biggest fans, 19-year-old English student Tom Bleasby, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last October. Bleasby, who had posted a virtual duet with Jessie on YouTube early last year—using Smule’s Sing! Karaoke app—was brought on the show to talk about the video going viral and his campaign to get DeGeneres’ show to air in England. After their chat, he started singing Jessie’s hit song, Flashlight, but before he could get the first verse out, the chat show host stopped him—only to then surprise him with a real-life duet with his favourite singer.

    pg21-2Uber ’licious
    Hip hop star André 3000 reportedly gave a
    fan a once-in-a-lifetime treat. According to TMZ.com, after meeting her on an Uber cab ride, he got her to meet Kanye West, P Diddy, Kid Cudi and others in a recording studio. In early February, Andre had accidentally called an Uber Pool — which allows commuters to share a cab — and hit it off with the girl he was travelling with, the two having lived in the same city previously. After reaching his destination, West’s recording studio, to record his new album, Waves — he invited her into the studio.


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