Selena Gomez had some personal struggles in 2016, but her Instagram account wasn’t one of them. The “Kill Em With Kindness” singer now has 104 million followers on the social media service, making her the world’s most-followed Instagram user (only Instagram itself has more followers, with 201 million.) This is especially notable considering that Selena took a three-month break from Instagram while she was being treated for anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
Also on the most-followed list: Selena’s good friend Taylor Swift (94.3 million followers), Ariana Grande (90.9 million followers), Beyoncé (89.6 million followers) and Kim Kardashian West (88.7 million followers). This year, Selena also shared Instagram’s most-liked photo of all time, a pic of herself holding a Coca-Cola bottle with her lyrics on the label. An ad for Coke, the post received 5.9 million likes. Eight of the most popular celebrity photos on Instagram this year were posted by Selena.
Selena’s ex, Justin Bieber, quit Instagram in August after the two had a public spat, and he recently said, “Instagram is for the devil. I think hell is Instagram.” We disagree. Instagram is full of kindness and beauty, especially if you’re following Selena. Here are a few highlights from the past year: