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Justin Bieber becomes second person to reach 100 million Twitter followers

He follows Katy Perry to reach the milestone.

Justin Bieber has become the second person to reach the 100 million followers mark on Twitter.

The singer follows hot on the heels of  Katy Perry, who crossed the threshold in June and now has 103 million fans on the social network.

They are followed by Barack Obama with 94.3 million, dwarfing the 37.2 million who follow US President Donald Trump.

Taylor Swift, who recently wiped all her social media accounts ahead of the release of her latest single, has 85.5 million followers.

Bieber joined Twitter in March 2009 and has since tweeted 30,700 times.

To mark his milestone, fans can activate his custom Twitter emoji by using the hashtag #100millionbeliebers.

Bieber’s most retweeted message came in January 2014 when he wrote: “YOU ARE ALL WORTHY NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS >> BE STRONG GOD IS WITH US ALL> MY BELIEBERS CHANGED MY LIFE> I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL.”

It was retweeted more than 638,000 times.

PA