Corporal Kelsey De Santis has taken Justin Timberlake to the 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball as her date, after inviting him in a YouTube video.
The tribute to Marines took place Saturday in Richmond, Va. where Timberlake escorted the Marine instructor wearing a formal suit. De Santis invited the singer to the event via YouTube in July after Timberlake’s “Friends With Benefits” costar Mila Kunis accepted a similar invitation from a serviceman.
“You want to call out my girl Mila?” De Santis said to Timberlake during the video invite. “Well, I’m going to call you out and ask you to come to the Marine Corps Ball with me on Nov. 12.”
Quoting lyrics from one of Timberlake’s hit songs, the Marine added, “If you can’t go, all I have to say is, cry me a river.”
After the event, Timberlake took to his website describing the experience as having “changed my life.”
“I’m writing this out to all of you after attending an event that turned out to be one of the most moving evenings I’ve ever had,” wrote the singer-turned-actor.
Timberlake was inspired by the passion De Santis has as an instructor in the armed forces as well as her consideration for him during the event.
“I have to tell you, it’s not every day that I meet a 23-year-old girl and she’s more worried about if I’m having fun or if I’m comfortable,” wrote Timberlake. “It hit me all of the sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom… Humble, concerned for others before themselves… This was the type of person our Marine Corps was building.”
As the night progressed, a video was played showcasing the work of soldiers as a tribute to Marines.
“I felt so proud to be there. I felt like I was getting a chance to be among my heroes,” concluded Timberlake of his evening before he said goodbye to his host.
“Thank you Corporal Kelsey De Santis. Thank you for inviting me. And, thank you for being my hero,” wrote Timberlake.
Actress Mila Kunis will take up her YouTube invitation to a Marine Corps Ball with Sergeant Scott Moore in Greenville, N.C. on Friday.