When you’re Idris Elba, you’re more likely to be walking a red carpet at a major award show versus becoming entertainment magazine fodder. There is one particular day, though, that the actor realized he was living out a tabloid dream: when he co-hosted the 2016 Met Gala with Taylor Swift, who was in the middle of a feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West.
The event occurred about two months before those infamous Snapchat videos were released by Kardashian West in 2016 to act as proof that Swift knew West was going to mention her in his song, “Famous.” For Elba, he apparently fell smack-dab in the middle of this feud and it was a little bit of a surreal experience.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, he talked about how it felt to be a part of pop culture history. “I felt really famous that day. It was a bit awkward because Taylor Swift and I had to present an award,” shared Elba. “We were walking through the crowd and obviously, there was a little beef between Taylor and Kanye. I didn’t know any of this. But I was there! And I was, like, ‘Oh, this is awks.’”
Of course, that feud goes even further back to 2009 when West started the whole mess by rushing the stage after Swift had won Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me” at the MTV Video Music Awards. West’s infamous speech is often quoted because it was so next-level awkward.
Elba is way too smart to insert himself into the beef, but he it seems like he enjoyed the moment just a little bit. It might have been awkward, but we all know Hollywood enjoys petty drama every once in awhile.