LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Selena Gomez became the first woman on Instagram to surpass 400 million followers on Friday, March 17.
The ‘Only Murders in the Building’ actress surpassed Kylie Jenner as the most followed woman on Instagram less than a month ago when she crossed Jenner’s 382 million followers.
Gomez has the most number of followers among women on the app, but football icon Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed person overall, with 562 million followers.
Lionel Messi, another football legend, comes in second with 442 million. The ‘Calm Down’ singer was previously the most followed woman in 2019 before Ariana Grande beat her to the post.
Selena Gomez became the most followed woman on Instagram (selenagomez/Instagram)
Selena Gomez, the ‘Queen of Instagram’
Many of Gomez’s followers have hailed the singer as “the queen of Instagram” in response to the news. Taking to Twitter, one user wrote, “The Queen of Instagram AGAIN! “It feels so great” – @selenagomez,” while another wrote, “Selena Gomez is the first woman to surpass 400m followers on IG I just know the Kardashians is punching the air.” A third congratulated her, saying, “Congratulations to #SelenaGomez #queen of Instagram.” An ecstatic fan wrote, “THATS RIGHT MS SELENA GOMEZ IS THE MOST FOLLOWED WOMEN ON INSTAGRAM I LOVE HER SHES THE BEST I WILL ALWAYS FOLLOW THIS QUEEN I MEAN ITS SELENA GOMEZ FOR CRYING OUT LOUD BE KIND TO EVERYONE AND ANIT NO WAY IN THE WORLD WHY PEOPLE LIKE HER SO MUCH.”
Ariana Grande beat her to the post.
The Queen of Instagram AGAIN!
“It feels so great” – @selenagomez pic.twitter.com/NXTqx9Qz3h
— teamgomez (@sselenagomezmar) March 19, 2023
Selena Gomez is the first woman to surpass 400m followers on IG I just know the Kardashians is punching the air
— Brincess (@lolathastrippa) March 18, 2023
Congratulations to #SelenaGomez #queen of Instagram
— Nique (@SkyWhit88976159) March 19, 2023
THATS RIGHT MS SELENA GOMEZ IS THE MOST FOLLOWED WOMEN ON INSTAGRAM I LOVE HER SHES THE BEST I WILL ALWAYS FOLLOW THIS QUEEN I MEAN ITS SELENA GOMEZ FOR CRYING OUT LOUD BE KIND TO EVERYONE AND ANIT NO WAY IN THE WORLD WHY PEOPLE LIKE HER SO MUCH https://t.co/AAIt1D2Tat
— Briahna (@Briahna67196454) March 17, 2023
‘I would constantly be crying’
Gomez recently said that she has pulled back from social media and now just uses the TikTok app on her phone, despite having millions of followers.
The singer revealed she was stung by “mean” comments from trolls and also considered utilizing the platforms too frequently 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,” as per Daily Mail. “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 added