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Selena Gomez becomes first woman to reach 400 million followers on Instagram

Selena Gomez becomes first woman to reach 400 million followers on Instagram
Published 12 months ago on Mar 19, 2023

Now Selena Gomez is the most followed woman on Instagram. 

Selena Gomez  has became the first woman to have 400 million Instagram followers on Friday, just weeks after dethroning Kylie Jenner as the social media platform. 

On her heels is Kylie Jenner, who has a whopping 382 million fans on the app, which she uses to share photos of her life and promote her makeup brand, Kylie Cosmetics.

Gomez, 30, is the third most followed person on Instagram behind soccer players Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 562 followers, and Lionel Messi, who has 442 million people watching his every move.

The feat comes less than a month after surpassing Jenner as the most-followed woman on the social media platform.

The Wolves singer was previously the most followed woman on the site back in 2019 before Ariana Grande beat her to the post, with Kylie, 25, later overtaking them. 

Many of the singer's fans have been rejoicing at the news, proclaiming Selena 'the queen of Instagram'.

Taking to Twitter, one user wrote: 'Selena Gomez is once again the most followed woman on Instagram. Queen is back!'

Another user said: 'She's back on her throne. Selena, queen of Instagram!' while a third called her: 'The OG queen of Instagram'. 

A fourth said: 'Selena Gomez is now the most followed female artist on Instagram and Tiktok. A global queen.'

Although she boasts millions of followers, Selena recently told Vanity Fair she has stepped back from social media and only has the TikTok app on her phone.

The star added she was hurt by 'mean' comments from trolls and also saw using the platforms too much as a 'waste of time'.

She said: 'People can call me ugly or stupid and I'm like, Whatever. But these people get detailed. They write paragraphs that are so specific and mean. I would constantly be crying. I constantly had anxiety…I couldn't do it anymore. It was a waste of my time.'

'There are wonderful things about social media—connecting with fans, seeing how happy and excited they are and their stories.

'But usually that's filtered through [for me now]. I created a system. Everything I do I send to my assistant who posts them. As far as comments, my team will put together a few things that are encouraging.'

She has now created a 'system' where she has an assistant serve as a barrier between her and the comments by posting on her behalf.

'I never got the chance to go to an actual high school. The world was my high school for the longest time, and I started getting inundated with information that I didn't want,' she explained. 

'I went through a hard time in a breakup and I didn't want to see any of the [feedback]—not necessarily about the relationship, but the opinions of me versus [someone] else. There'd be thousands of really nice comments, but my mind goes straight to the mean one.

'The only thing I have on my phone is TikTok because I find it to be a little less hostile. There are wonderful things about social media—connecting with fans, seeing how happy and excited they are and their stories.

'But usually that’s filtered through [for me now]. I created a system. Everything I do I send to my assistant who posts them. As far as comments, my team will put together a few things that are encouraging.'

 

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