Pop sensation Selena Gomez has set a new Instagram record by becoming the first woman to reach a staggering 400 million followers. The 30-year-old musician achieved this impressive feat on March 18, only weeks after overtaking Kylie Jenner as the most-followed woman on the platform.
This social media milestone places her in third place overall, behind only football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Gomez’s immense online popularity is a testament to her huge fan base and enduring appeal.
Celebrating the achievement, Gomez shared a heartfelt appreciation post for her fans on Sunday. “Wishing I could hug all 400 million of you,” she captioned the post attached with nine images of her interacting with her fans over the years.
Just one day later, the Disney star already sitting pretty at 401 million followers. Meanwhile, Jenner remains close behind with 382 million and football player Cristiano Ronaldo is holding onto his top spot with 563 million followers. Lionel Messi is trailing behind him with a 443 million strong following, while the official Instagram account reigns supreme with 619 million followers.
Ariana Grande (361 million), Kim Kardashian (349 million), Beyonce (301 million) and Khloe Kardashian (298 million) are the other women in the top 10 list of most-followed Instagram celebrities.
In her latest post, Gomez shared a makeup-free selfie with the simple caption, ‘’Violet Chemistry,‘’ which is a track title from Miley Cyrus‘ freshly dropped eighth studio album, Endless Summer Vacation.
Meanwhile, fans of the singer are overjoyed at the news, proclaiming her ‘the queen of Instagram’. One user wrote, ‘’Once a queen always a queen.‘’ Another commented, ‘’blessed to be a part of the 400 million.‘’
While Gomez is clearly grateful to her supportive fans, she has been outspoken about the toll social media and cruel body-shaming comments have had on her mental health. “My weight would constantly fluctuate because I would be on certain medications. And obviously, people just ran with it,“ Gomez said during her recent appearance on the Apple TV+ docu-series, Dear… ”It was like they couldn’t wait to find a thing to bring me down. I was being shamed for gaining weight because of my lupus.”
She continued, “I lied. I would go online and I would post a picture of myself and I would say, ‘It doesn’t matter. I’m not accepting what you’re saying.’ All the while being in the room posting and crying my eyes out because nobody deserves to hear those things.”
“Though I was posting these things saying it doesn’t bother me, because I didn’t want it to bother other people who are experiencing the same thing, getting shamed for what they look like, who they are, who they love… I just think it’s so unfair,” she said. “I don’t think that anybody deserves to feel less than.”
In mid-February, the Only Murders in the Building star discussed her social media presence in an interview, confirming that her Instagram is still managed by her assistant and TikTok is the only app she had on her phone (though she later announced she was stepping back from the app after all that Hailey Bieber drama). “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,” she said. “There’d be thousands of really nice comments, but my mind goes straight to the mean one.”
Gomez continued, “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.”
Still, Gomez shared that she loves connecting with fans online and hearing their stories. All 401 million of them!