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Fake pictures of Selena Gomez attending Met Gala 2023 go viral

By Ratziel San Juan Published May 03, 2023 7:19 pm

Manipulated images of Selena Gomez attending this year's Met Gala have gone viral on social media.

The most popular of which is an edited picture of Gomez in a beaded high-slit blue evening gown. This has received over 22 million views, 390,000 reactions, 40,000 shares, and 2,000 comments as of writing.

A different version, which appears to be the actress-singer at the Met Gala after-party, has reached over four million views, 20,000 reactions, 1,000 shares, and 100 comments.

Various iterations of these images have since been flagged as fake on the social networking platform Twitter.

"Selena Gomez did not attend the 2023 Met Gala and has not attended the Met Gala since 2018. These are altered images of Lily James at the 2022 Met Gala," one disclaimer reads.

Another note explains that the "picture is Photoshopped...not AI-generated."

Specifically, Gomez's face was edited onto a picture of Lily James from the 2022 Met Gala.

The color of the dress was merely modified to give the impression that it was a different garment.

Though Gomez did not attend the Met Gala 2023, she was recently active on social media to promote her cosmetics brand Rare Beauty.