This could have been very awkward. While she was at a Gala at the Met, Taylor Swift came face to face with Kanye West for the first time since that historic moment at the 2009 VMAs, when Kanye stormed the stage and stole the mic during Taylor's acceptance speech.

Lizzie Widdicombe, who wrote a piece about Taylor for The New Yorker, was at the event with Swift and described what happened when the two stars crossed paths:

"Swift neared the top of the stairs and froze. She grabbed Erickson's sleeve in a panic: ‘Am I supposed to talk to him or not?” Standing by the door was the rapper Kanye West... Swift hesitated for a second, and then realizing that there was no time to wait for advice, continued walking up the stairs toward West. As she neared the door, he held a hand out, and they exchanged a studiedly casual “down low" high five. When it was over Swift stopped just inside the museum, looking giddy. Erickson let out a breath, and exclaimed "That wasn't bad!" Feeling my eyes on her, Swift didn’t comment on what had just happened. Instead, she said, "I’m so glad I didn’t bring a purse this year! "

A friendly low five is always a good call. Well played, Kanye and Taylor.

[NY Mag]