Selena Gomez’s Met Gala Look Goes Viral On Twitter, Except She Was Never There

Yesterday, a tweet went viral of Selena Gomez making a surprise appearance at the 2023 Met Gala – except she wasn’t there.

Millions of Twitter users were tricked by the photo, thought to be AI generated. Despite not being in attendance at this year’s event, a fan seemingly edited Gomez’s face on a photo of Lily James from the 2022 Met Gala, teasing Gomez’s “surprise appearance” and sending Twitter into a frenzy.

Although fake, the photo garnered 22.9 million views and 395,300 likes. According to Entrepreneur, this makes it the most liked photo of the evening ahead of actual attendees, including Anne Hathaway whose picture placed second with 234,000 likes.

Twitter has since added a disclaimer to the post, a new feature where context can be added to avoid the spread of fake news.

Gomez has yet to release a statement around the photo.