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Anyone who thought Selena Gomez would simply fall apart without Justin Bieber, please stand up.

Okay. Thank you. Now sit back down… and hang your head in shame.

Because not only is Selena’s career red hot at the moment, but the singer has proven that her popularity was clearly not tied to her famous ex-boyfriend.

Need proof of this statement? This says it all:

Selena Gomez is now the most popular person on all of Instagram.

The “Can’t Keep My Hands to Myself” crooner has amassed 69.4 million followers as of this writing, a massive figure that helped her secure the title of Most Followed from best friend Taylor Swift (a measly 69.2 million).

Rounding out the top five are the following well-known stars:

  • Kim Kardashian (63.7 million followers).
  • Beyoncé (63 million followers).
  • Justin Bieber (61.6 million).

Indeed, by this metric Selena is now most popular than Bieber.

Did anyone see that coming?

Gomez’s Instagram page is a fun mix of picture that feature the A-Listers spending time with friends… strolling through the streets in expensive outfits… rocking out on stage… and throwing it back to her younger days.

There’s even a snapshot of her and Brad Pitt just sitting and chilling that you can find in the above photo gallery.

This, of course, may be a temporary honor for Selena.

Swift is right on her Instagram heels and we’re just one more Kim Kardashian nude photo away from that former sex tape star sky-rocketing back up the chart.

But Gomez ought to still take an enormous amount of pride from the fact that she’s single, ready to mingle and also ready to laugh in the face of anyone who thought she was simply Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend.