Rebecca Black is reflecting on her life on the nine-year anniversary of her song “Friday,” telling fans in a heartfelt note what she’s learned over the years in response to the bullying and hardships she’s endured.
On Monday, Black explained in a note that it was the music video’s anniversary and that she wishes she could go back to the 13-year-old she was at the time of its release and talk to her because she “was terribly ashamed of herself and afraid of the world.”
“To my 15 year old self who felt like she had nobody to talk to about the depression she faced. To my 17 year old self who would get to school only to get food thrown at her and her friends,” continues the now-22-year-old in the post. “To my 19 year old self who had almost every producer/songwriter tell me they’d never work with me.”
The California native went on to say that she’s still working on herself and “trying to remind myself more and more that every day is a new opportunity to shift your reality and lift your spirit.”
“You are not defined by any one choice or thing. time heals and nothing is finite,” she wrote. “It’s a process that’s never too late to begin. and so, here we go! this might be a weird thing to post but the honesty feels good if nothing else.”
The note was widely well-received on Twitter, with many showing an outpouring of support for her:
Black later tweeted about how grateful she was at the response to her words and that she was “blown away and confused” at the messages she received.
After the music video for “Friday” dropped in 2011, Black faced death threats, harassment and cyberbullying, which prompted her to withdraw from school and be home-schooled.
In response to those hardships, Black wrote about bullying in an essay for NBC News in 2017 and explained, “One minute, I was a normal girl and then, in the next, millions of people know who I was and they were ruthless in hurling the most vile words my way,”
“Social platforms can really dehumanize the targets of online abuse,” she went on in the essay and told fans to “talk to someone who can help, whether that’s a friend, a trusted adult or a mental health professional” if they’re getting bullied like she was.
Black has continued to make music over the years, releasing an EP in 2017 titled “RE / BL,” and even appeared as a contestant on a reality television musical competition series, “The Four: Battle for Stardom,” in 2018.
The singer posts often on her YouTube channel and dropped her latest single, “Sweetheart,” in October.
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