Pop superstar Ariana Grande is now the most-followed woman on Instagram, dethroning Selena Gomez by just over 100,000 followers, according to the data shown on social media statistics website, ProfileRat, and first pointed out by Billboard. Currently, at the time of this writing, Ariana Grande has a total of 146,422,731 followers, compared to Selena Gomez’s 146,318,657. Billboard reports that Grande’s rise to the top comes after she apparently gained more than 13 million new followers in the last four months, as the singer also maintains a constantly active presence on the social platform. In addition, Ariana Grande recently dropped her thank u, next album, further fueling her relevance and current dominance in media. In comparison, Selena Gomez recently took a break from the social media platform between September to January in order to seek mental health treatment, however, the singer has returned but with a minimal output in content.
Gomez previously revealed her Lupus diagnosis in 2015, and in 2016, she took some time off after reports of struggling with the disease as well as anxiety and depression. In 2017, the artist also revealed that she received a kidney transplant in an emotional Instagram post. While both Grande and Gomez boast an impressive amount of followers, neither compare to soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently the most followed user on Instagram with 155,992,337 followers.