When Britney Spears snuggled in for a selfie with Modern Family star, Ed O'Neill, we (like Brit) fangirled all over ourselves, but it turns out all was not as it seemed.

According to the man himself, he hadn't a bean who Britney was when she approached him for a quick pic at Los Angeles International Airport.

Commenting on the selfie which sent social media into overdrive last March, Ed, who plays Jay in the hit sitcom, said: "She came up and said, 'Oh, Mr. O'Neill, I love Modern Family, and you're my favourite on the show.' And I was like, 'Well, I'm here, I'm the only one here,'"

Insisting that that the Toxic singer was more than polite, Ed told Ellen DeGeneres: "So she sat there and we took it and I said, 'Have a nice trip, I’m going,' and I left."

"So the next day my manager texts me and goes, 'What is this? 53,000 likes. It's Britney Spears."

While the rest of us might recognise Britney Spears at a 1,000 paces, Ed admits the same couldn't be said for him that day.

"I mean, look at the look on my face – do I look like I'm sitting with Britney Spears? You know my daughter, Sophia, she said, 'You are a moron.'"

We hate to say it Ed, but we might be with Sophia on that one!