Kiwi singing sensation Lorde has revealed "a beautiful moment" took place between her and rock star David Bowie.
Grammy-nominee Lorde, 17, told blogger Tavi Gevinson, also 17, that she felt like her life had "come full circle" when the aging rocker praised her work.
"Meeting David Bowie was like that. To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow.
"I was like...I could creatively die and just be happy forever. I never tell anyone about that experience, because it meant so much to me, and I feel like it would be dulled or something if I always talked about it in magazines or whatever.
"It's my special thing," she said in an article published on Rookie, without saying where or when the meeting took place.
However, the pair were photographed together at a function in New York in November last year, when Bowie made a rare public appearance at The Museum of Modern Art's annual benefit.
"It was super cute, though - for some reason we were holding hands and just staring into each other's eyes and talking, and I was like 'This is David Bowie's hand, what am I doing. It was insane. A beautiful moment."
Last July, Bowie, 67, released his first single in nearly a decade. He shot to fame in 1969 with "Space Oddity" and established himself as a chart-topping force in the early 1980s.
Lorde is to perform at the Grammys in Los Angeles this month, where she is nominated for four awards.
The teen, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, has been nominated for Song of the Year for her chart-topper Royals.
The Aucklander was also nominated for Record of the Year, alongside Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams, Radioactive, Bruno Mars and Robin Thicke.
Other nominations included best pop vocal album, for her record Pure Heroine, and best pop solo performance for Royals.