Demi Lovato had an emotional reunion with a fan battling kidney disease in a video shared by the Make-A-Wish program.
The 29-year-old singer first met Austen in 2009 when the then-10-year-old got to perform on stage with her idol.
Now 23 years old, Austen says in the video shared Wednesday by Make-A-Wish that she wasn’t sure what to expect at the time since she’d never met a celebrity before, “But Demi was incredible.”
“I got a lot of cute pictures and we were talking and they’re like, ‘Oh, I hear that you sing, can you sing for me?’ ” Austen says, joking that she was “a ham” so she obliged and sang “This Is Me” from Lovato’s 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock.
“Demi’s like, ‘Oh, you’re really good!’ And I’m freaking out like, ‘One of my idols just said I’m a really good singer. That’s so cool!’ ” Austen recalls.
At this point in the video, Lovato sneaks up behind Austen, who proceeds to shout “Oh my God!” and placed her hands over her mouth in shock.
“How are you?!” the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer asks before the two come together for a tight hug. “Oh, it’s so good to see you!”
“You’re so grown now,” Lovato adds. “Oh my gosh, I remember your little pigtails!”
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