Selena Gomez Hits 100 Million Instagram Followers During Hiatus
Singer Selena Gomez has become the first person to reach 100 million followers on Instagram – even though she’s currently being on a social media hiatus. The “Come and Get It” star has beaten out other social media heavyweights, including best pal Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande for the top spot, according to Billboard.
The 24-year-old has not posted anything to her social media accounts since last month, when she announced she was taking an indefinite break from her world tour in order to focus on getting well while she continues to fight lupus. Gomez was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 2014 and subsequently checked into a rehab facility to receive treatments and undergo chemotherapy. Gomez didn’t reveal her health crisis until last October when she released her album Revival.
On August 30, the pop star announced she was taking time off from the concert series and other professional commitments to refocus on her health, specifically treating her anxiety, panic attacks and depression, which are all side effects of the disease. “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” Gomez told People in a statement. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. “Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.” It is unclear how long Gomez will be out of the spotlight. She was originally scheduled for three dates in North America this month, a few stops in Europe throughout October, and there were even more shows planned in Asia and Latin America up until middle of December.