Selena Gomez has surpassed Kylie Jenner on Instagram to become the most-followed woman on the platform. Despite the achievement, the star is taking a break from social media due to the negative comments she receives. Gomez has been candid about her mental health struggles and lupus diagnosis and is using her platform to advocate for mental health awareness.
Selena Gomez has dethroned Kylie Jenner to become the most-followed woman on Instagram, with over 382 million followers on the social media platform as of Friday. Gomez’s follower count now ranks fourth overall, just behind soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi, as well as Instagram’s official account, according to Social Blade, a social media tracking website.
Despite her newfound popularity on the platform, the “Only Murders in the Building” star recently announced that she would be taking a break from social media. In a TikTok Live clip shared by fans, Gomez revealed that she feels too old for the platform at the age of 30 and that the attention she’s received is a little silly.
While her accounts are still active, Gomez has not posted anything since Thursday, taking a hiatus that isn’t her first. In a recent Vanity Fair article, Gomez shared that she outsources her social media accounts to her assistant due to the negative comments she receives on the platform.
“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,” she said.
Despite the challenges she’s faced on social media, Gomez has found solace in TikTok, which she believes is less hostile than other platforms. She now uses a system where everything she does is sent to her assistant, who then posts it on her behalf.
Gomez has been vocal about her struggles with lupus and her mental health. She released her documentary “Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me” last November, which highlighted her physical and mental health journeys, and spoke candidly about her experiences with Rolling Stone.