Selena Gomez is No Longer Instagram’s Most Followed

Selena Gomez is no longer the Queen of Instagram. 

The 26-year-old singer has been officially dethroned as the platform’s most followed user. She is now second to soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo who currently has 144.6 million followers on Instagram, compared to Gomez’s 144.4 million.

This follows the singer’s latest announcement that she is taking some time off social media (again). Gomez’s complicated relationship with social media and Instagram in particular is not news. She has been known to stay away from SM, with the latest announcement telling fans she’s taking a break came just over a month ago. 

The singer posted a photo of herself on Instagram, writing, “Update: taking a social media break. Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given.” Since the announcement on September 23, which has received over 8.2 million likes, the singer has kept off social media. 

Apparently, before that, Gomez had kept off the internet for months.

“The reason why is, it’s not real to me,” she told ELLE. “I know my voice is very prominent, but I’m not careless with it. I’m selective. As far as my personal life, someone sees me having a glass of wine? I could give two shits. I’m not trying to hide. That’s my life. I’m living it the way I want to live it. But it’s about making a conscious effort—if I can have a moment to be with my friends, I’ll take that time. So I don’t have any of it. I had to make that decision. 

Ariana Grande is the third most followed Instagram user, with 132+ million followers, while Kim Kardashian is the fourth, with 119+ million.