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The Manhattan woman whose chance meeting with Jay-Z has gone viral spoke about the encounter on Wednesday, revealing that she is now a fan of the rapper.
As we previously reported, Jay-Z spoke with a woman named Ellen on the train to the Barclays Center before his last of eight shows there in October. Ellen told Jay that she didn’t know who he was, asking him if he was famous. “Yes. Not very famous, you don't know me,” Jay-Z replied.
At the end of the conversation, he tells her that his name is Jay-Z. “Oh, you're Jay-Z! I know about Jay-Z,” she says and the two share a laugh.
The scene was included in a documentary posted on Jay-Z’s YouTube page Tuesday.
In an interview with The New York Daily News, Ellen Grossman spoke about the conversation, sayign that Jay-Z “was so nice.”
“I felt this amazing energy,” she explained. “We didn’t talk about anything terribly profound. But just the feeling! I thought, ‘This is wonderful!’”
“I was slightly embarrassed (by not knowing him), but not terribly,” she added. Ellen said that she then looked into Jay-Z after the ride and became a fan of his work.
She also spoke with The Guardian, revealing that her website’s traffic has spiked since she was identified in the video.
“He did write down on the back of an envelope his website,” Grossman told the UK site. “When I went and looked at his website I found – of course he highlights his own work – but he just gave tremendous amount of space on it to other artists, collaborations with other people, to just highlighting other people and I appreciated that about him and had that feeling that he was giving me attention in the same way. It was a very positive experience.”
You can check out Ellen’s conversation with Jay-Z in the video below.