Angelina Jolie is on Instagram & she broke Jennifer Aniston’s follower-record

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Angelina Jolie is now on Instagram!!! For celebrities of Jolie’s popularity and stature, it’s somewhat surprising that she’s never tried out Instagram before now. She started her account on Friday and posted one IG and one Instagram Story and that was all for 24 hours, then she posted a second IG. She is – right now – solely focused on using the platform to talk about her work as special envoy for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. It’s a wonder she hasn’t realized that she could easily harness social media in an authentic way before now, to highlight the work with refugees and to promote the many causes near and dear to her heart. I would imagine that studios have asked her to join IG before too and she was probably like “I don’t understand any of it, so no.” Or maybe she had a finsta, you never know. In any case, as soon as Angelina dropped her first IG post, she broke all of the previously-held Guinness World Records for followers. She actually broke Jennifer Aniston’s record (hahahahaha).

Angelina Jolie has joined Instagram, and broke a long-standing record in the process. The actress and philanthropist can now be found @angelinajolie, and being one of the most famous women on the planet reaps its benefits too; the account became the quickest to reach the threshold of 1 million followers in the platform.

It took Angelina just three hours to gain 2.1 million followers, which bests the previous record set by Jennifer Aniston, who quite literally broke Instagram when she accumulated 1 million followers in 5 hours in 2019.

[From Vice]

I remember when Aniston’s IG was breaking all kinds of records, and now Angelina is breaking all of Aniston’s records. That feels like… the universe is in balance. Jolie actually got more than five million followers just in the first 24 hours!!

I’m including Angelina’s Instagram posts below, they are heartbreaking and she has spent more than 20 years traveling with the UNHCR and hearing refugees’ stories and working to make the world a better place for displaced people. While I’m not expecting Angelina to, like, start spon-conning waist trainers and tummy teas, I do think she’ll probably use her IG to support her films, like The Eternals. I also want to know who is helping her and whether it’s one of her kids!! Y’all know that Angie didn’t figure out how to post Stories all on her own.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    When I knew she was on Instagram I started following immediately.

  2. Seraphina says:

    all I can say is TRUTH, I too need help with social media – Thank GOD for my kids.

  3. Nina says:

    I wish she posted some links to organisations that provide help, not just the UN. But she’s UN ambassador so I guess she has to go with recommending them

  4. Amy Bee says:

    I suspect she won’t be promoting her films on her account.

    • Lee says:

      Me too, which is refreshing. I understand most actors&actresses use socials to promote their movies but it gets tiresome and exhausting to only read posts or retweets about how well their movies are doing. Yes Ryan Reynolds, I’m talking to you.

      • Sierra says:

        And the Rock..

      • DuchessL says:

        Singers and actors promoting their stuff continuously is annoying. Links to this and that relating to selling stuff is boring. Signers hinting they’ll drop a new song like the world is waiting for it to me is like, what? So? I dont get the hype, there is no hype. I’m not easily impressed but the stuff Angelina does gets to me, i want to see and hear what she’s up to.

    • annie says:

      she said she is a mom, filmmaker and Special UN envoy. She will definitely talk about her movies. She is a smart woman. Just talking about her work as a special envoy will not attract as many fans. However, if she mixes both, people who only want to see the actress they love will end up following her and by doing that they will see the important posts and at least become aware of what is going on in the world. Especially in Ethiopia and Afghanistan

      • Lily P says:

        I agree, I think she’ll have to do movies/personal snippets if she’s really going to attract big numbers of followers. Lots of people won’t follow her if it’s only humanitarian and news focussed.

  5. Lee says:

    I really appreciate the fact she joined Instagram to raise awareness about Afghanistan.
    At least she is using social media in a useful way and not just to pimp her movies like most celebrities do. It’s refreshing.

    • Jules says:

      The only celeb who does humanitarian work because she means it, not for the photo op and to be performative.

  6. Laura-Lee MacDonald says:

    *flipping through Instagram* “I really spend too much time on this app. Well! No more today!!!”

    *opens browser and reads Celebitchy headline that Angelina Jolie is on IG. Immediately opens IG app*

    • Myra says:

      Same. I haven’t checked IG in a long while and I just did a double take when I saw the headline above. I guess I’m back on IG now.

  7. Jan says:

    I made the mistake of joining Angelina official, because it had a blue tick, it was all pictures of Angelina then I saw a picture of Brad, I unfollowed it and found the real Angelina Instagram.

  8. SarahCS says:

    How was @angelinajolie not already taken? Were IG holding it back in case she decided to join one day?

    As for what she’s doing with the account I love it. We need these reminders and the numbers are truly horrifying.

    • Kebbie says:

      I think she secured all social media accounts with her name a while ago. On Twitter @angelinajolie is a locked account that doesn’t tweet or allow followers.

  9. Eleonor says:

    When I knew she has joined Instagram and I saw the content, I though of Lady Diana.
    I usually don’t like doing the “what if”, but I am pretty sure Lady D. would have done the same, her Instagram would be amazing.
    I hope Angie goes publishes a lot of these contents.

  10. Katherine says:

    Why are we still pitting these two against each other? It’s been 16 years since their couples drama and it’s unfair to them to define them by their relationship history to Brad Pitt. It’s old and tired and frankly not that interesting. Just my two cents.

    • Claire says:


    • ReginaGeorge says:

      Facts. It’s so tacky.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I agree.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I agree wholeheartedly!! The constant need to compare the two is tiring and we are done with it!! Please, move on as the rest of have already done so!!!🙄

    • Mustang Sally says:

      +2! And why all the cackling (“hahahahaha”) vitriol over the fact that Angelina accumulated more followers in 5 hours than Jennifer Aniston did? They each have their own lives, interests and careers. JA is not Angelina, and Angelina is not JA – why perpetuate the pettiness?

    • Lily P says:

      Absolutely we don’t need to reduce two very successful women to their relationship with Brad Pitt. He’s the only one that benefits off of it as he’s excused of all accountability. It also extends beyond them and keeps a narrative of women as being catty and spiteful.

    • Aphra says:

      “She actually broke Jennifer Aniston’s record (hahahahaha).”
      Juvenile, yes. Tacky, yes. Gossipy, yes. Why I visit celebrity news sites: guilty pleasure of juvenile, tacky, gossip.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      Also, there is no point in comparing their Instagram accounts. Like, Jennifer Aniston is a popular actress that leans towards being private and low key. Angelina Jolie is a popular actress and also an activist. She didn’t get more followers because she is “better” than Jen. She got followers because she has been actively seeking attention to raise awareness on different causes for years. She’s known for more than her acting. So, there might be some people following because she’s an actress they like, but there are also plenty of people following that are interested in her causes. It’s surprising to me that she took this long to realize the power her Instagram could have in reaching people directly and I hope she continues to put it to good use.

    • Kaykay says:

      Omg, yes, so over it.
      I’m happy for Angelina, I guess, if you can be happy for something like this. But to have to compare them two … I’m so tired of women being pitted (no pun intended) against each other. It’s 2021. Together we are stronger.

      • SomeChick says:

        ITA. (& figuring out stories isn’t that difficult either, lol!)

        mostly I was just sad to see this petrified beef.

    • M&M says:

      Yes! Thank you! I follow them both and like them both. They are both successful women and we should not be trying to tear anyone of them down.

  11. Alexandria says:

    Wait wot. I followed!

  12. Gail says:

    Angelina, Meghan, Harry and Beyoncé. That’s a Ted talk I’d listen to!!

    ETA: I had to google the word “finsta” – some of us need more help than others!! Maybe Angie could lend me her computer whiz kid for a week!!

  13. LOL says:

    Am proud the way she opened the Instagram on her terns, her way, to spread awareness about others who need to be heard and not forgotten. High praise indeed Angelina Jolie ,am so very proud of you.

  14. Southern Fried says:

    Restores my faith in humanity lol. Well kinda. No I love that she’s posting about UN, refugees, things that matter. I also admire her writing style when she does her editorials. It’s great that she broke records with those particular causes. That she broke Anniston’s record, not important to me, vaguely amusing. I stand with those who live their best most generous lives, thanks Angelina.

  15. LOL says:

    It’s do refreshing to see how Angelina Jolie didn’t make the account all about herself nor went down the thirst trapping to promote herself, like billiom account holders have done so,and keep doing so. So proud to see a humanitarian just being selfless and always walking thd walk and talking the talk. That’s Angelina Jolie for you.

    • Jayna says:

      I’m sure she will promote her work mixed in a little, but have the majority of it about issues. But other celebrities do this. Ben Affleck’s instagram has always been heavy on his humanitarian Eastern Congo initiative, social justice issues, political issues, promoting all kinds of charities, and also promoting his movies also or posting something about his beloved sports team here and there. Mark Ruffalo is very heavy on more important issues than just his movies.

  16. Lively says:

    I’m glad she joined Insta

  17. LOL says:

    I wish the Jennifer Aniston mention was never mentioned as Angelina’s beaten Sir David Attenborough’s Record of getting the fasted 1 Million Followers. Aniston was 5th down on the list. But I guess the trolls media can’t help themselves trying to pit one women over the other. Congratulations to Angelina Jolie who without a big PR machine behind her and the constant American media defaming her, has shown them all with her RECEIPTS. Nothing is more satisfying to see media get slapped back in their ugly faces. You too Rupert Murdoch and your filthy news outlets and newspapers.

  18. LOL says:

    QUEEN ANGELINA JOLIE BROKE THE INTERNET 💘 she broke Sir David Attenborough record by two hours earlier 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
    Am so very proud of what she’s posted and it’s nothing about herself but shining a light upon others in need and assistance . So very proud 👏❤

  19. tempest prognosticator says:

    The only celebrity I will follow.

  20. L4frimaire says:

    I heard she broke a new record with this account but I didn’t make the connection between the Jen Aniston thing.

  21. Zut Alors says:

    I don’t think any of her kids are helping her with the Instagram account. I think she has someone who’s proficient in social media running it, but she curates the content. She has a lot going on in her life and I can’t just see her obsessing with it. That being said, she got me to join Instagram just so I could follow her.

    • goofpuff says:

      Yes I agree, she hired a professional to do this would be more her style but I wouldn’t put it past her kids to be the one who finally convinced her she should actually use the social media accounts she already had locked (to make sure nobody abused it).

  22. RoyalBlue says:

    The Queen has arrived making a grand entrance.

  23. Coffeeisgood says:

    I would love if Angelina and Meghan Markle became friends!

  24. Sof says:

    If you guys are enraged about the comparison between the two, then you weren’t into gossip at the time when Jennifer and her friends used the situation to propel her good-girl image and trash Angelina. (Chelsea Handler always talking sh*t about her for adopting kids!)

    • Katherine says:

      Speaking for myself, I’m not enraged at all. I just don’t think the comparisons between the two women are relevant or interesting after all this time. And if we’re going celebrate Angelina’s breaking a record with Instagtam followers, we should celebrate it within the larger context of having beat the recent record-holders including Rupert Grint, David Attenborough, etc. It diminishes her accomplishments to frame them as only important within the Brad-Jenn-Angie love triangle. I think she and Jennifer are both beyond that and on different paths with different priorities etc.

    • Francisco 67 says:

      @SOF It’s interesting to see how all off a sudden people’s memories especially Jennifer Anistons fans have become , trying to change the narrative by forgetting the trolling Jennifer Aniston did of Angelina Jolie and her children via her group of “friend’s “. Let’s not all act like we have gotten overnight amnesia and forgotten the years of games Jennifer Aniston always had played against Angelina jolie. We didn’t see anyone
      issues then did we. Not too long ago she was happily playing Brad Pitts enabler in sticking it to Angelina Jolie whilst showing zero care towards the 6 kids that were still left traumatised by their father. But Jennifer Aniston was happly basking in media and fans glory of having one over Angelina Jolie, playing her games with Brad pitt ,the same guy she was having a 16 year pity party over. I didn’t see empathy towards Angelina from anyone Then. I put money on this if Angelina Jolie had not gained any followers same people here and everywhere would have been gloated how Jennifer Aniston trashed Angelina, now that the tables have turned all of a sudden her fans want to change the narrative with the fake out pouring
      of fake empathy ” why pit these women together” well no one had any issues before now why all of a sudden change the tune? To me its just fake and obvious Jennifer Aniston fans fooling no one.

    • Kkat says:

      Yup, “Jen” was all about comparing herself with Angelina and having her friends trash her. For YEARS
      So I’m going to haha at Jen on a gossip site

  25. Xilco says:

    So funny! If it was the other way around these same posters would be doing nothing but touting the tick over Angelina. And they darn well know it.

    • LOL says:

      @XILCO True if it was other way around and Angelina had gotten less followers than Jenny Aniston these same fans of hers would be gloating non stop. Now they trying to down play with the ” don’t pit one women over the other”., really wasn’t this not the same Jennifer Aniston who constantly played the scorned vendetta card against Angelina abcveven got her bully friends like Chelsea Handlef fo her dirty work of attacking Angelina for her. Where was the concern for Angelina then.
      I repeat Well where was the concern and empathy towards Angelina Jolie , when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston openly were doing their PR stageed photo ops at the awards, she was happy sticking it to Angelina and her children then , as I remember these same posters and media outlets were openly gloating and rejoicing their reunion , whilst mocking Angelina and the kids. I didn’t see any concern towards Angelina and her children from these fans nor media. Now that Angelina has broken a record that once has Aniston on , now everyone is trying to play the Aniston pity card. Whatever

  26. Beenham says:

    Congratulations to Angelina Jolie for breaking World records, it is such sweet victory especially against her haters who posted defamatory message’s about her, media like Page Six to name a few , who had played their ugly parts in daily humiliating her in one way or other, along with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniatons vendetta and their mutual pr agents CAA , all played their parts to end this women’s career and tar her humanitarian work. They were toxic towards her whist she remained silent through out. So happy she defied the odds and keeps on.growing and keeps on ignoring these white noises of her haters . Her haters will hate regardless
    no matter what she does, she will keep on living rent free in their minds. Nothing is sweet than having people not judge you from the ugliness of your ex and his ex spreading about you By using their friends do their dirty works.
    So again congratulations Angelina Jolie for a very worthy take on social media and spreading the good word by giving the voiceless a voice..

  27. LMK says:

    Oh the sudden case of hypocrisy of Jennifer Aniston fans. Not to long ago you all were cackling with whatever Jennifer Aniston threw at Angelina Jolie, even turned a blind eye towards Jennifer Anistons years of vendetta against Angelina Jolie,. even her use of her friends and pro friendly media attacks against Angelina. I didn’t see anyone say why pit one women against each other? So why now all of a sudden everyone is acting like
    they have had an attack of consciousness? Let’s see how long it lasts.
    Angelina keeps kicking azz. You go girl.

  28. Sammie says:

    I would say don’t compare them, but JA is obviously still pressed (‘Eternal’ Babe magazine cover, anti AJ Instagram she follows, her friends liking and making jokes about AJ and her kids). So go for it. The fact that the pro Pitt/Aniston media won’t even report on the Instagram record speaks volumes.

  29. Sunnyvale says:

    I feel like Meghan and Harry will soon do the same(sepeate accounts) soon! Congrats to Angie, I disagree with others because I feel like she’s going to use it to promote both her humanitarian causes & work stuff

  30. ellie says:

    “For celebrities of Jolie’s popularity and stature, it’s somewhat surprising that she’s never tried out Instagram before now”

    >> quite the opposite, I think celebrities of Angelina’s stature are the only ones who can afford NOT to be on social media nowadays.

  31. Reia says:

    It is not odd to see celebs have social media accounts. The only ones who can truly afford not to have one are those established. I won’t follow her account as I am not in on insta. I used to be but I hated how the platform is structured. I didn’t care to know how many hearts (likes) I got. With Facebook at least I can shut down notifications in my post. Also their ads are brutal they literally use your pictures & data trace to recommended influencers who promote stuff you like.

  32. #facts says:

    I agree with posts above that the sudden concern about putting women against each other is wrong, as BS. There will always be gossip and news gold about these two one sided battle.
    For the people in the back.
    ANGELINA JOLIE WILL ALWAYS BE THE GOAT OVER ANISTON AND PITT. Regardless of the situation. Sorry to let their fans know this. Facts. Her work ethic and empathy and lack of concern for HW elite essentials make her queen.

  33. iconoclast59 says:

    It’s unusual that Angelina waited until now to use SM as a platform for her causes. I wonder if her divorce had anything to do with it. Who knows how intermingled her finances were with Brad’s; Angie may have needed to be sure she was well clear of him financially before activating her IG account.

  34. heya says:


    Always and forever.

    Not getting into instagram, though. Not even for her lol