Rap superstar Eminem will always be the first person to amass 60 million “likes” on Facebook, but he is no longer the website’s most liked celebrity. Rihanna, the Toronto Sun reports, overtook the famous rapper on Sunday, having 61,617,468 likes, while Eminem was a close second with 61,269,210. If anyone was to dethrone Eminem as the most liked celebrity on Facebook, at least he can take solace that it’s an act he has been associated with.
Rihanna and Eminem collaborated on the hit duet “Love The Way You Lie,” which was the seventh No. 1 hit of her career. It reached number one on the charts of several countries, and now Rihanna is No. 1 in likes per celebrity Facebook page.
The numbers are fluid, of course, as each star amasses new fans, but, for the moment, Rihanna is the most liked star on Facebook. MSN reports that Shakira is in third place with 54.8 million likes on Facebook, Lady Gaga is fourth place with 53.2 million, and deceased King of Pop Michael Jackson rounds out the top five celebrities on Facebook with 51.9 million fans.
Rihanna, whose breakout hit was “Pon De Replay,” has been back in the news a great deal of late as rumors swirl that she is rekindling her tumultuous romance with fellow recording artist Chris Brown. Brown is still on probation for assault for striking Rihanna in 2009 but recently broke up with his latest beau and has been seen with his ex at various events.
For the record, Brown has 24,798,273 Facebook likes, which is nearly 37 million less than Rihanna.