One day you’re working at Target, bagging groceries; next day you’re on The Ellen Degeneres Show. That’s the way the interwebs work if you’re #AlexFromTarget, the 16-year-old Twitter sensation who admitted to Ellen that he is decidedly overwhelmed by his sudden fame.
It all started a few days ago, when the hashtag #AlexFromTarget started trending on Twitter and young Alex LaBeouf became a star – not even overnight; over the course of a few hours. The next couple of days saw the #AlexFromTarget tag blow up big, with internet fangirls making Alex into a full-blown meme, reports that Alex had been fired over his newfound fame, and even claims that the whole thing was a viral marketing hoax.
Am i famous now?
— Alex Lee (@acl163) November 2, 2014
Meanwhile, the young Target employee was trying to figure out how to deal with his newfound fame. Alex’s Twitter feed jumped from 144 followers to more than half a million. And that’s before Alex went on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Speaking with Ellen, Alex admitted that he was “really confused” by all of the attention and that he had no idea just how viral he was going. He says that a fellow Target employee came up to him and showed him the picture initially, but that it wasn’t until a group of girls came into the store to show him his thousands of new Twitter followers that he knew something weird was going on.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Alex said of his new Twitter stardom.
The internet’s newest celebrity went on to say that he’s definitely overwhelmed by the attention, and that he’s even had wedding proposals.
When Ellen probed a bit more to see if Alex could further capitalize on the fame, Alex didn’t let slip any so far hidden talents. Considering his legions of Twitter followers, though, Alex might not have to do anything other than stay #AlexFromTarget in order to turn the hashtag into a cashtag. See what we did there?
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 4, 2014
At the very least, it looks like Alex still has his job at Target. The official Ellen Degeneres Show Twitter feed tweeted a picture of the talk show host alongside Alex at Target, and Alex was wearing the signature Target employee red shirt. That’s good, as it would be a shame if the sudden fame and legions of adoring fans cost young Alex his job.
The appearance on Ellen, by the way, has only served to boost Alex From Target’s fame, as one might have guessed. Prior to the show, Alex had around 550,000 Twitter followers. He’s currently sitting at about 660,000.