Selena Gomez has broken the Instagram record by becoming the most followed woman on the platform with 400 million followers. The former Disney star achieved this milestone on March 17, just three months after returning to Instagram. She surpassed Kylie Jenner, who previously held the title with 382 million followers.
Gomez’s popularity on Instagram is not new. She has consistently been one of the most followed celebrities on the platform for years. However, her journey with social media has been a rocky one.
In a 2021 interview with Vogue, the singer revealed that she deleted the photo-sharing app from her phone in 2019 after it started to affect her mental health. “At one point Instagram became my whole world, and it was really dangerous,” she told InStyle in 2022.
In her latest post, the “Only Murders in the Building” star shared two makeup-free selfies with the caption “Violet chemistry,” a reference to the song of the same name on Miley Cyrus‘s eighth studio album, “Endless Summer.” Gomez’s post promotes the idea of self-love and being comfortable in one’s own skin.
Selena tries to be an inspiration for millions of women
Gomez’s rise to Instagram fame has been impressive, and her latest record-breaking accomplishment has been applauded by fans and followers alike. “She’s an inspiration to millions of people, and this achievement just proves that,” said one fan on Twitter.
She’s the most followed woman on IG, but not the most followed person. The title belongs to soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, who has 562 million followers.
Gomez’s experience with Instagram is a reminder of the potential dangers of social media and the importance of taking a break from it when necessary. “Taking a break from social media was the best decision that I’ve ever made for my mental health,” Gomez explained.
“The unnecessary hate and comparisons went away once I put my phone down. I’ll have moments where that weird feeling will come back, but now I have a much better relationship with myself”, she said.