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Actress Selena Gomez tops Kylie Jenner as most followed woman on Instagram

Selena Gomez arrives at the 80th Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10, 2023, in Beverly Hills, California. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
February 27, 2023

Actress Selena Gomez has surpassed Kylie Jenner as the most followed woman on the social media platform Instagram. Jenner previously led Gomez with over 380 million followers, but Gomez now has over 382 million.

According to Social Blade, Gomez also ranks fourth overall in total followers on Instagram.

Despite her massive following, Gomez recently announced a break from social media.

“I’m gonna be taking a second from social media ’cause this is a little silly, and I’m 30, I’m too old for this,” Gomez stated in a TikTok Live clip. “But I love you so much and I’ll see you guys sooner than later. I’m just gonna take a break from everything.”

According to Vanity Fair, this isn’t the first time Gomez has taken a break from social media. The celebrity frequently outsources her social media accounts to be managed by her assistant due to online cyberbullying and harassment.

“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,” Gomez detailed to Vanity Fair. “I couldn’t do it anymore. It was a waste of my time.”

She added that she only had the social media app TikTok on her phone because she found it “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,” she said.

According to CBS News, Gomez has been open and transparent about her mental and physical health struggles. In November, Gomez released her documentary titled “Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me,” which highlights her mental health struggles in an effort to spread mental health awareness.