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FOUR years ago Wallsend’s Chelsea-Lee James became a YouTube sensation, capturing the hearts of thousands when pop superstar Beyonce sang to her on stage in Sydney.
So when Chelsea, now 15 and still living with cancer, and Beyonce were reunited at Allphones Arena on Thursday night, it was like two old friends catching up.
‘‘Chelsea and Beyonce called out each other’s names and then ran across the room to give each other a hug,’’ said Donna James, Chelsea’s mother.
‘‘It was like watching two school kids being reunited.’’
Chelsea said she would never forget the experience.
‘‘I was so excited to meet Beyonce again,’’ she said.
‘‘Last time Beyonce sang to me on stage. But this time, thanks to Camp Quality, I actually got to meet her back stage and talk to her and laugh with her, which was so cool. I’ll never forget this.’’
The pair posed for a few pictures before it was time for Beyonce to take the stage.
She hadn’t forgotten Chelsea. Beyonce dedicated the song Survivor to the brave teenager, shouting ‘‘Yeah, Chelsea’’ after the first chorus and pointing at Chelsea in the crowd.
Afterwards, Beyonce sent Chelsea’s family a text message, saying how much their encounter in 2009, when Beyonce performed a special version of her hit Halo, had meant to her.
‘‘My beautiful angel! Thank you for the pictures. You have no idea how happy you made me seeing you. I will see you next time I’m in Australia. Love, Beyonce.’’
Leukaemia survivor Bronte Horswood, 12, and nine-year-old cancer sufferer Andrea Al Zened also got to meet Beyonce.