“Grandma Betty,” whose Instagram handle is @GrandmaBetty33, is battling cancer. Her grandson, Zach Belden, of Illinois, created the account for her, so that family members and friends could monitor her progress (Instagram | @GrandmaBetty33).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WRIC)—An ailing Kentucky grandmother has become an Internet sensation, thanks to her spunky Instagram pictures and videos.
“Grandma Betty,” whose Instagram handle is @GrandmaBetty33, is battling cancer. Her great-grandson, Zach Belden, of Illinois, created the account for her, so that family members and friends could monitor her progress.
Belden never imagined his wise, selfie-loving grandmother would become such a hit; as of 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, she had upwards of 87,000 followers worldwide. Grandma Betty asks her family each day, “How many friends do I have today?”
“Maybe they’ll learn somethin’,” she told ABC News. “I’ve been here 80 years; maybe they’ll learn somethin’ good from me.”
Grandma Betty may have been on this earth for more than eight decades, but she’s caught on to many youthful social media trends, like the duck face.
“Who wants to give me a shout-out?” she asks her fans in one video.
In some photos she’s sleeping, smiling with her family, reading the newspaper and throwing up the peace sign; in videos she offers advice, says she loves her faithful fans and asks them to pray for her, because she’s “hurtin’.”
Grandma Betty says she feels like a celebrity; Pharrell Williams is among her celebrity followers (she dances to his hit song “Happy” in one of her most popular videos).
“I love y’all,” she says to her fans. “I don’t know who you are, but I love ya.”
In a video posted to Instagram last month, her great-grandson asks, “Grandma, what’s your most important lesson you learned in life?”
Grandma Betty answered, “Be good to other people and love ‘em and treat ‘em as yourself.”