An 18-year-old from Ohio joined the growing trend of asking a celebrity to the prom–and she got the answer she wanted. She also got the experience of a lifetime, beginning with the moment her date arrived to pick her up.
Joyce Grendel is a senior at Independence High School in Independence, Ohio. She says that her prom date bailed on her at the last minute, so she reached out on Twitter to Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden to ask if he would step up to take her. Somewhat amazingly, Haden responded and said that he would.
Haden never got to attend his own senior prom and he admitted to being nervous about attending this one. “I am nervous, too,” he said. “I feel this is very legit, like I was getting ready, ‘Does this look cool?’ when I’m getting ready. I feel like I’m very legit. This is my prom, too.”
Haden signed a contract worth $50 million over five years after he was drafted by the Browns out of the University of Florida, so he could certainly afford a nice limousine for the event. He eschewed that tradition, however, and showed up to meet his date driving his white Lamborghini.
Haden and Grendel were familiar with each other prior to her reaching out on Twitter. Grendel is a member of the “Haden Nation” fan club and, according to Haden, she shows up to all his autograph signigns and “tweets [him] a lot.”