An American Idol contestant with cystic fibrosis has inspired top English footballer Wayne Rooney to invite him over to watch a Manchester United match.
16-year-old Kayden Stephenson received four “yeses” when he auditioned on American Idol in front of judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.
Rooney tweeted Stephenson after seeing his audition, inviting him over to the UK to watch Manchester United play Real Madrid.
"Your story inspires me, reminds me of a friend I know,” Rooney said.
"Thank you for being brave and sharing your story. No matter what happens on Idol, music inspires people and you inspire people.
"Keep doing it, you will help a lot of people."
Stephenson replied: "OMG! Dude. I can't believe you tweeted me. I'm glad I inspired you. I'm a soccer player and you inspire me."