It's official: Ariana Grande has overtaken Selena Gomez as the world's most followed woman on Instagram. The figures are SO tight though; Ari now has 146,337,497 and Selena is slightly behind with 146,289,115.
Unfortunately for Thank U Next fans, Cristiano Ronaldo is still the most followed person, with 155 million followers compared to the Sweetener singer's 146 million.
However, considering everything Ms Grande has achieved this year, we believe she can gain the nine million needed in no time.
Billboard are claiming that Ariana gained a huge 13 million followers on the social media site over the last four months, coinciding with the release of her record breaking albums Sweetener and Thank U, Next.
Weirdly, it also comes at the same time as her break-up from former fiancé Pete Davidson in October. The pair made the headlines after the split, coming only five months after their engagements and six months after they began dating.
It was never going to end well, was it? Ari also had a turbulent time with the overdose and subsequent death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller.
More recently, she won the Best Pop Album Grammy award, and became the first solo artist to hold the top three Billboard Hot 100 singles (7 Rings, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored and Thank U, Next), and hold the number one album spot at the same time.
Her online wars with the likes of Grammy producers who insulted her (how dare they??) and Piers Morgan has also drawn attention to her accounts.
Meanwhile, singer and actress Selena Gomez has lost followers after taking a four-month break from social media in September after entering a treatment facility for her mental health.
Gillette has made more than a few mortal, and almost exclusively male, enemies today after it debuted its brand new advert about toxic masculinity.
The ad is currently trending on Twitter, having clocked up three million views already on YouTube as well as 282,000 dislikes.
The two-minute clip opens up by showing men of varying ages and ethnicities staring into the mirror, before the narrator asking the question: 'Is this the best a man can get?', turning its former brand mantra on its head.
As the ad rolls on, it shows both negative and positive sides of supposedly 'masculine' behaviour, from bullying and harassment, sexual misconduct, 'mansplaining' and violence, to men standing up for sexual violence victims and acting as excellent father figures.
The video faces the Me Too movement head on as a brand which has a predominantly male audience, and regularly aimed its former ad campaigns at gruff, typically 'masculine' men.
Many viewers felt that the advert accepted its vital responsibility in speaking to their target audience, considering men have been notoriously at the heart of sexual assault allegations.
One especially poignant part of the clip shows Terry Crews speaking out about sexual assault, crucially standing up for both male and female survivors and their Bill of Rights.
WATCH – @terrycrews full opening statement: "I am honored to use my platform and story to help create additional civil rights protections for survivors across the nation under the Sexual Assault #SurvivorsBillofRights."
On the one hand, Gillette's message slightly missed the mark by tarring an entire gender with mostly the same brush, though it did show varying 'types' of men. Some say the advert is capitalising on the #MeToo Movement, others say it's complete chastisement.
The reception has been extremely mixed, with some of the target audience (all men) wanting to go as far as boycotting the brand forever, and others praising it immensely.
One infamously vocal *cough* vile *cough* public figure to comment on it is, of course, Piers Morgan.
I've used @Gillette razors my entire adult life but this absurd virtue-signalling PC guff may drive me away to a company less eager to fuel the current pathetic global assault on masculinity.
Let boys be damn boys.
Let men be damn men. https://t.co/Hm66OD5lA4
The deplorable King of 'Boys will be boys' rhetoric himself has been arguing with members of the public ALL THE LIVELONG DAY on Twitter, claiming man-hating 'feminazis' are waging a war against men through advertising. As if advertising in essence isn't inherently waging a war against women. But whatever.
(Let it be clear: Anyone who equates feminism with man-hating has absolutely zero notion of what feminism means. Feminists hate the patriarchy, not men themselves. They are two different things. Thus ends the public announcement services for today)
Gillette: Men, could you please be the best versions of yourselves and care for yourself and others
Why has the advert received such an angry response?
Many viewers believe that Gillette's efforts have created a video full of preaching, which isn't totally untrue. The video may have missed the mark with it's tone, after all, women know all about what condescension feels like.
We experience patronising behaviour on a daily basis in the workplace, among other settings. It never teaches us the lesson it's attempting to, which for me is the main problem with the ad.
I mean, the clip showing a line of men, standing behind BBQs with smoke wafting up from their grills, reciting “boys will be boys will be boys will be boys"? It's a bit obvious.
That being said, the ad didn't even show the worst aspects of the patriarchy, the worst of the predators, the horrors many women face every single day. It didn't even go that far when we think about it from this perspective, but yet thousands are saying it went more than far enough.
However, the ruthlessly aggressive response by some users to the video clip, in one way, reiterates the point.
While I don't believe all men (or women) should be tarred with the same brush, I do believe that the defensive backlash shows the toxicity of the defensive feminist-fearing aggressive male dialogue.
Today, all the men in Britain who insist that everyone else is snowflakey, over-sensitive and thin-skinned will be crying about an advert that is not scheduled to appear on British TV. Just a heads up. #Gillette
Like many women and men have said, only those who have done something wrong should be afraid of the Me Too era.
By becoming an ally for sexual assault survivors, by proving you believe in equality, by acknowledging the pain which survivors of sexist behaviour and sexual violence have undergone, by lifting up women and minorities such as the LGBT+ and trans communities; only then will society believe that you aren't part of the problem.
It's time for a lot of men to stand up and prove themselves; just because you haven't done anything wrong in the past doesn't mean that you can't stand up for what's right when it matters. And in today's Me Too society, it really matters.
Seeing a massively popular brand attempt to start a conversation is encouraging for most of us, despite the fact that the ad was overdone and the tone was slightly missed.
The male demographic clearly felt attacked by the ad (um, hello, EVERY MEDIA ADVERT makes women feel like sh*t about ourselves so now you understand how it feels) despite the fact that it was arguably trying to encourage them to better themselves for their own benefit.
Let's not forget that toxic masculinity is harmful to men as well as women. While men are the perpetrators of 90% of violent crime in America, they are also 70% of the victims of violent crime. They are also four times more likely to commit suicide.
By facing the aggression and violence inherent in society, men find gain too, yet so many of them are too angered by the ad to see that it isn't trying to attack them personally.
Hate speech by Gillete. Manly Alpha males rule. Pansy betas are actually misandrists and thats who this ad is supporting. #BoycottGillette
President of Procter & Gamble, owners of Gillette, stated that;
"By holding each other accountable, eliminating excuses for bad behaviour, and supporting a new generation working towards their personal 'best,' we can help create positive change that will matter for years to come."
No doubt Gillette anticipated a backlash to the clip, but all publicity is good publicity as the saying goes.
Gillette better be careful or it’ll suffer the same financial fate Nike did when it made rightwingers mad. pic.twitter.com/8ELvdwVDgF
Gillette has collaborated with the Building A Better Man project, which aims to reduce violent behaviour in men, and The Boys and Girls Club of America, which helps young men develop better communication skills.
The company is also donating $1m a year to US charities who work to support men over the next three years.
It has to be said that their efforts deserve praise, since #MeToo began there has been a shocking amount of defensive commentary from groups of men as opposed to constructive conversations and support for women and minorities suffering at the hands of the patriarchy.
Gillette has rarely found itself in the midst of controversy, but today everyone is talking about them.
Piers Morgan and Coronation Street star Beverley Callard have commented on the ‘trend’ of celebrities opening up about their mental health issues, claiming that they’re trying to make mental health disorders ‘fashionable’.
The ludicrous and disheartening beliefs of both the Good Morning Britain host and the soap star have unsurprisingly ruffled a few feathers.
More and more people are suffering from disorders like anxiety, bipolar and depression these days and the last thing we should be doing is dismissing the conversation.
We idolise celebrities. We put them on pedestals and are more than likely going to believe what they say as opposed to your regular joe.
Using their platforms to raise awareness about disorders that plague many of us is far from harmful. It’s quite possibly one of the beneficial things they can do online instead of boasting about their luxurious lifestyles and shockingly expensive holidays.
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner is one of many celebrities who has been an advocate for mental health in recent years, so there’s no doubt Piers’ claims angered the 22-year-old actress.
Sophie took to Twitter to express her disgust and disappointment in a series of moving tweets.
She wrote: “People who think it’s okay to make jokes about mental illness, I feel you must be lucky, because surely you don’t understand or can’t comprehend what it is like to have or know someone with an illness like this.
“Depression is the second biggest killer in affluent Europe and America. One of the greatest reasons being, I believe, is because mental illness has so much stigma surrounding it,” Sophie stated.
People are so afraid to discuss their mental health issues because of that overwhelming and unnecessary stigma. They fear being judged, laughed at and worst of all, not being taken seriously if they do discuss their problems.
Sophie continued: “If we can just all speak out about our experiences or our loved ones experiences we can help other people who suffer with mental illness not feel so alone. Let’s keep this dialogue going.
“You are not alone, you can manage your illness, and people who make fun of it are the minority… not you. You are loved and supported,” she concluded.
'But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies and sexuality is actually just classic sexism.'
'I can have opinions about feminism and also do sexy photo shoots, k thanks.'
I mean, how dare a woman believe in equality between the genders and showcase her body? The outrage… *eyeroll emoji*
If a man writhed semi-naked in spaghetti to promote male empowerment, feminists would mock him to humiliating death.
If you want equality, do the same to women who pull this stunt. https://t.co/KkwhgbmE1y
Piers Morgan has accused Lily Allen of harassing him during a heated exchange about mental health.
In a series of tweets posted today, the pair argued over Piers' claim that actress Denise Welch has only accused him of not taking mental health seriously because she knew it would get her “in the papers.”
I’ve noticed Ms Welch does this whenever she hasn’t been in the papers for a while. And it’s been a while… https://t.co/Tfvkb6WL1r
Her comments come after the Good Morning Britain presenter was criticised for his response to the news that Will Young had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, when he said that the singer actually had a case of “WNTS – Whiny Needy Twerp Syndrome.”
“What he did by that statement was… you’ve got somebody who is just about to be prepared to talk about their condition because they’ve kept it a secret,” Denise said.
“What he did in that one tweet was he closed them down and said, ’Don’t do it, because we are going to take the f*cking piss out of you’. He shut all those people down who don’t have a voice.”
Lol, that you think you’re so press worthy. I️ can think of a billion other ways @RealDeniseWelch could drum up some interest if she was that way inclined. Her incredibly successful son being one of them. Looking forward to Leveson part deux. Times ticking https://t.co/7QO1dKn6N0
Lily was quick to defend the actress, tweeting: “Lol, that you think you’re so press worthy. I can think of a billion other ways @RealDeniseWelch could drum up some interest if she was that way inclined. Her incredibly successful son being one of them…”
However, things took a turn, when Piers replied with a picture of the singer appearing to touch his crotch, along with the caption, “I preferred you when you just harassed me in the flesh.”
For as long as Sex and the City has been on air (and for the 13 years that has followed its small-screen conclusion), Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker have been plagued with rumours regarding their relationship.
And ever since the first rumour began circulating back in 1998, the two ladies have been at pains to stress the inaccuracy of reports which suggested there existed ill will between the pair.
However, it looks like it's finally all come to a head this week, following KIm Cattrall's appearance on Piers Morgan Life Stories.
While the 61-year-old actress has always taken a diplomatic stance on her history with her co-star, it appears that recent press regarding Sex and the City 3 has forced Kim into a position where she felt compelled to speak out against SJP.
According to recent reports. Kim was the reason for the cancellation of the third SATC film – an accusation she takes very personally.
"Reflecting on the accusations, Kim told Piers: "It’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ that I’m demanding or a diva."
"I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous."
And she doesn't stop there.
Focussing her attention on Sarah Jessica, Kim suggested that her former co-star could have reacted more positively towards her decision not to take part.
"And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex And The City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer," Kim revealed. "I really think she could have been nicer."
Shining a light on a relationship the press have, for years, attempted to dissect, Kim revealed that it's far from functional.
"Usually what happens in a healthy relationship is that someone, or a transaction for a job in my business, is that someone says, ‘Are you available?’ and you say ‘Yes’ and here’s the job and you say ‘Yes, but thank you very much but I’m sort of over here right now but thank you very much,’ and that person turns to you, and they say ‘That’s great, good luck to you, I wish you the best.’"
"That’s not what happened here, this is, it feels like a toxic relationship," she opined.
We can only imagine SJP's reaction to Kim's interview.
Following the news that the Queen had visited the Manchester Children's hospital in the days following the attack, Piers tweeted, "If the Queen can visit the victims in hospital, so can the star they paid to see." He added, "I expected her to stay, visit & comfort her wounded fans & relatives of those who died".
The comments received huge backlash online, but he refused to apologise even after Ariana announced she would visit the victims in hospitals around Manchester.
Speaking during Sunday night's One Love Manchester concert, Ariana revealed how she was inspired to change the set list for the benefit gig after the mother of Olivia Campbell-Hardy, one of the victims said her daughter 'would have wanted to hear the hits'.
While his intention clearly wasn't to buoy the female population or offer any form of support when it came to issues surrounding body image, he did, albeit inadvertently, remind us that there are – among myriad other things in this life – some things we have to just accept.
And there's a lot to be said for finding the confidence to do just that.
As many women will attest, railing against 'flawed' body parts is draining beyond all measure.
Fixating on 'imperfections' is exhausting.
And attempting to conceal areas of your anatomy that haven't had the photoshop treatment is a surefire way to sap yourself of self-confidence, self-assurance and self-worth.
So maybe Piers, in this instance, is right.
Few of us have reached the celebratory stage of cellulite, but even less have reached the acceptance stage, and desperately attempt to fix, conceal or apologise for its presence.
While his distaste over Kim's unphotoshopped physique was far from subtle and his disregard for his female co-host's praise blatant, the 52-year-old did provide a kernel of advice…whether he realised it or not.
And while he did – following his televised remarks – take to Twitter to hammer home the notion that cellulite is a 'flaw', we'd do well to focus on the brief tip he did mention.
Flaw or not, it is – as something many women sport – something we need to accept, because hey, for most of us it's here to stay.
Yes, the nugget of advice was fleeting. Yes, it was bookended by other remarks which suggest Piers needs a lesson or two in diplomacy. And yes it did remind us that when it comes to certain matters, Piers is far from an oracle.
But just like Kim's cellulite, if you were inclined to search for it, it was actually there.
Piers Morgan has been angering quite a few bibliophiles on Twitter in recent weeks.
Piers has been in a battle of 180 characters with JK Rowling for quite a while, as the two have had some political disagreements.
In the midst of the war of words, Harry Potter fans have begun tweeting Piers Morgan the contents of the Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone novelin it's entirety, and the journalist has had it up to here with the Hogwarts-themed tweets.
Hi @E_L_James, any chance you could start tweeting me one of your books? I need some relief from this Harry Potter crap.
The quote is, of course, not even from Fifty Shades of Grey, but is in fact from a scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets betweenDefence Against the Dark Arts Professor Gilderoy Lockhart and Harry Potter.
Clearly E.L James has JK Rowling's back in this battle.