Selena Gomez has made history by becoming the first woman on Instagram to be followed by over 400 million profiles. The singer and actress recently overtook reality star Kylie Jenner, who has 382 million followers, to secure the third spot on the platform, behind football stars Cristiano Ronaldo with 562 million followers and Lionel Messi with 442 million followers.
The Dark Side of Social Media
Despite her massive popularity on Instagram, Selena has been open about the negative impact the app has had on her mental health. In the past, the star has taken breaks from social media and even hired someone to manage her accounts, according to sources close to the singer.
Gomez has been vocal about her struggles with mental health and has even released a documentary titled "My Mind And Me" that sheds light on her journey. In recent news, the thirty-year-old gained two million followers in just 24 hours, following a situation where reality star Kylie Jenner and model Hailey Bieber made fun of her appearance.
The Unfair Reality of Social Media Criticism
Despite her efforts to promote self-love and body positivity, Selena has spoken candidly about the pressure she felt to maintain a certain image on social media. In an interview, the singer spoke about how criticism of her weight gain due to lupus led her to lie about the impact of social media criticism on her.
She stated, "I was being shamed for gaining weight because of my lupus. I lied. I would go online and post a picture of myself, saying 'it doesn't matter' and I'm not accepting what you're saying, all the while being in the room posting that, crying my eyes out, because nobody deserves to hear those things." Gomez's struggles with negative comments and the pressure to maintain a certain image on social media are a testament to the unfair reality of online criticism.
The singer shared, "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. I don't think that anybody deserves to feel less than."