As Shia LaBeouf’s magical, awful, beautiful, confounding 2015 comes to its inevitable close, it serves up one last moment of transcendent oddness for all those who follow his blazing path into becoming a living, breathing dadaist poem (and maybe our favorite, at that). Prepare for cuteness.
As we reported earlier, LaBeouf launched his #TouchMySoul exhibition at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology center in Liverpool, England this month—a project that allowed the public at large to contact him through phone, the Internet, and in-person in an attempt to yes, touch his very soul. It should be noted that NYLON attempted to #TouchShiasSoul via landline, but only ended up with a busy signal. It escaped us like the angry butterfly it is.
Some were luckier than us, including 10-year-old Amelia Poggenpoel, who was able to get an audience with the soul-holder himself when her mother, Tor, called the exhibition hotline and was connected within minutes.
As Tor told the Echo, “I started talking about Amelia and how proud I am of her and how sometimes I don’t feel that she’s loved enough. I don’t always have attention to give to her when I’m at work or if I’m tired.” She continued, “I got quite emotional talking about it and they then realised I was in the room with them. They took their headsets off and Shia started welling up.”
“I told them that Amelia has an amazing voice,” she said, “so he asked if she could sing for him.” Poggenpoel then sang a touching rendition of “Who's Lovin' You”—the ballad made famous by by the Jackson Five—and, well, you can see the adorable results for yourself. As Amelia’s mom relates, “[LaBeouf] actually said: ‘You touched my soul.’” Aw. She touched ours, too.