Beyonce’s devoted fan who was so overcome by the pop diva giving him a hug that he fainted at one of her concerts has revealed the whole thing felt like "an out-of-body experience".

Speaking exclusively to HuffPostUK, Antoine Rouse, 22 years old from Columbia, Kentucky, revealed why he hit the deck after getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sing along with his beloved pop princess - with the resulting video being broadcast on US networks and getting 250,000 YouTube hits.

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Antoine can't believe what's happening to him at the Beyonce concert in Nashville

“I was already freaking out because Beyonce had flown over us, and then she went over to the audience, and different people were singing into the microphone, including my sister.

“Then Beyonce came over and asked me, ‘You want to sing?’ She held up the microphone. I was already hoarse from the night, but I screamed as loud as I possibly could, ‘To the left, to the left…’ (Fans may recognise this bit)…

“And then she asked me twice more to sing, and then I just carried on singing, even though it was a bit of the song without any vocals.

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Beyonce made Antoine sing three times in total...

“She grabbed my hand, and that’s when I properly freaked out. It was like an out-of-body experience. She let go of my hand, and I thought she was done with me, but then she tapped me on the shoulder and beckoned me to hug her.

“I told her, ‘You’re my inspiration’ and she said ‘I love you too’ and… that’s when I passed out.”

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Before holding his hand...

It’s unclear whether Beyonce realised what was going on, as she continued her concert, but Antoine eventually found his legs, particularly with his sister in his ear…

“She was screaming, ‘Get up. They’re going to kick us out.’ That’s my sister, ever the realist.”

Antoine’s night wasn’t over.

“It must have taken us two hours to walk to the car, because people kept stopping us. They wanted to hug me, because I’d hugged Beyonce.”

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And finally a hug...

The evening had already started unusually for Antoine, his sister and his best friend after they’d made the two-hour journey to Nashville for the gig.

“We weren’t even supposed to be in the VIP area,” he reports.

“A lady came round offering wristbands earlier in the night, and my sister, who is normally very timid, asked for some.

“She only had two and there were three of us. My friend Greg offered to stay behind, but we felt horrible, so we asked for one more, and so we were able to stay together in the VIP bit.”

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Now, Antoine's shirt is proudly framed, along with his ticket and VIP wristband

It turns out the gig in Nashville, Tennessee on 13 July was the first ever gig for Antoine, despite being a fan of Beyonce since BEFORE her days in Destiny’s Child, which makes him a fan from about the age of eight, we quickly calculate.

“I just think she’s an amazing singer, dancer, beautiful, an inspiration for women, equal rights, you don’t see her out drunk, the way she keeps her private life private, she and Jay-Z could have sold their wedding pictures for millions but they didn’t… “

Now, Antoine, with his shirt from the night proudly framed – “that’s never getting a wash’ – a full-time student, a MacDonalds department manager, number one Beyonce fan AND the president of an Autism Awareness foundation (speakingthroughsilencecharity.com), is preparing for another big night – as Beyonce has added a Kentucky date to her tour for December.

Will Antoine be going? “Of course.”

Just with kneepads this time? “That’s probably a good idea.”

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  • 1998

    Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Robertson at the Shine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

  • 1998

    Beyonce rocked a camouflage dress at a live performance at HMV.

  • 2000

    On stage at Party in the Park.

  • 2000

    Destiny's Child hit the Grammy Awards in all white.

  • 2000

    Destiny's Child wear matching yellow outfits.

  • 2000

    Beyonce performed at the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards.

  • 2001

    Destiny's Child wear denim, crop tops and rhinestones.

  • 2001

    The singer opted for sheer and sparkly at the Grammy Awards.

  • 2002

    Doing her best Foxxy Cleopatra impression in a glittering gold dress.

  • 2003

    Looking lovely in a full length floral dress at the VH1 Divas Duets.

  • 2003

    She rocked the LBD for the Entertainment Industry Foundation Party.

  • 2003

    Perhaps not her finest fashion moment. Beyonce at the NBC Today Show Summer concert series.

  • 2003

    She dazzled the crowds at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.

  • 2004

    She dressed down in UGGs to announce the pre-game activities for the Super Bowl.

  • 2004

    Beyonce launching her Tommy Hilfiger fragrance.

  • 2004

    Reunited with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland at the 2004 Jingle Bell Ball.

  • 2005

    Beyonce got glammed up for the opening of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Atlantic City.

  • 2006

    Beyonce backstage at the MTV's Total Request Live.

  • 2006

    Who else could look this good in a nude mini dress? Another backstage pose after her appearance on MTV's TRL.

  • 2006

    Beyonce rocked canary yellow at a chaity event.

  • 2007

    Anothe glam look for the opening of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club, this time in Las Vegas.

  • 2008

    One of the singers finest red carpet moments. She stepped out in an Armani gown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.

  • 2009

    Beyonce topped the best dressed lists at the Golden Globe Awards in an Elie Daab gown teamed with a dazzling diamond necklace by Lorraine Schwartz.

  • 2010

    Beyonce looked white hot at the launch of the Lorraine Schwartz's 2BHAPPY jewellery collection.

  • 2011

    The singer announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV video Music Awards. She looked stunning in this asymmetrical Lanvin gown.

  • 2011

    Beyonce at the launch of her Pulse fragrance.

  • 2011

    Beyonce at the Pulse fragrance launch.

  • 2011

    Pregnant Beyonce wore a black maxi when hosting the screening of Live at Roseland.

  • 2012

    Beyonce attends the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.