Selena Gomez on What Happened When She Unfollowed Dua Lipa: ‘It Was an Accident’

Selena Gomez caused a bit of drama online in June when she suddenly unfollowed Zayn Malik, who she had been rumored to be dating in the spring, his ex-girlfriend Gigi Hadid, her sister Bella Hadid, Zendaya, and Dua Lipa on Instagram.

In her new interview with Fast Company, Gomez revealed that unfollowing Lipa really was not on purpose. (In fact, Gomez re-followed Lipa and Zendaya. Today, she still follows them.)

Regarding Lipa specifically, “It was an accident!” Gomez said with a laugh. “I was just cleaning up some of my Instagram. Then somebody called me and was like, ‘What happened with Dua?!’”

Nothing, and Gomez went above and beyond to make that publicly clear.

Gomez even wore a dress from Versace and Dua Lipa’s collaboration to a Rare Beauty event.

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Selena Gomez and Dua Lipa in December 2022

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Gomez posted the Versace look on Instagram, captioning her image, “A little Versace/Dua moment ????”. Lipa commented, “angeeeeeeeel!!!! ????????????????” in further proof that all was well.

Gomez also spoke about her upcoming album in Fast Company’s wide-ranging interview, in addition to how heartbreak influenced her decision to quit Instagram in 2018.

With her new music specifically, happy songs are coming, she said. “I love sad-girl music; I’m really good at that,” she admitted. “However, I can’t really write that if I’m not sad. I’ve had to relearn what being me and being happy looked like. There is not one sad song on this whole album.”

Still, “I’ve never promised anyone that I’ll never have a bad day again,” she stressed. “I’ve always been honest with my fans. Even when I take breaks from social media, I’ll say I’m taking a break.

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Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.


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