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Selena Gomez becomes first woman to surpass 400 million followers on Instagram

Selena Gomez becomes first woman to surpass 400 million followers on Instagram

She is now the third most followed person on the platform

Selena Gomez has become the first woman to surpass 400 million followers on Instagram.

The singer recently overtook Kylie Jenner - who has 382 million followers - to become the most followed woman on the platform.

And now, the former Disney star has reached the 400 million mark, becoming the third member of the highly exclusive club.

Her posts rack up millions of likes.
Instagram/Selena Gomez

Only two of the greatest footballers of all time have more followers than the 30-year-old - Lionel Messi, with 442 million, and Cristiano Ronaldo, with 561 million.

Gomez debuted on our screens as a child star on Barney & Friends in 2002 before starring in Wizards of Waverly Place, as well as executive producing the critically acclaimed Disney+ series Only Murders in the Building and Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.

Oh yeah, and she's also sold millions of albums.

But despite her enormous popularity on Instagram, Gomez has spoken out in the past about how the app has impacted her mental health.

In fact, she took a four-year break from Instagram because of how it made her feel, with an assistant posting on her behalf.

Speaking to Good Morning America last year, she said: "It has changed my life completely.

"I am happier, I am more present, I connect more with people.

"I understand how powerful the internet is, and in so many ways it's done the best things for the world. But for me, I get to my news that is actually important through people in my life.

"And everything else I could care less, because it's not my business to care about other people's business."

She now has more than 400 million followers on Insta.
Instagram/Selena Gomez

She recently posted a message to her younger self to mark International Women's Day, urging her female followers to be 'gentler' to themselves.

She has previously been open with her struggles with mental health, following her rise to fame at a young age, and released a documentary titled My Mind And Me.

"Dear younger me, please don’t be afraid to ask for help," she wrote on Instagram, sharing an old photo of herself.

"Today is International Women's Day and I want each of us to be gentler to ourselves.

"Write your younger self a @RareBeauty #rarereminder and stick it on your mirror to remind yourself that you deserve the world. Love you."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/selenagomez

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