You might remember the catchy song “Friday” that came out 9 years ago.
It went pretty viral after the girl behind it, Rebecca Black, uploaded it to YouTube nearly a decade ago.
She was just 13-years-old at the time.
Instagram; pictured above is Rebecca at 13 when she released her song online
“It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday, everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend,” She sang in the catchiest and most memorable part of her song.
What you probably didn’t know is that Rebecca faced a lot of backlash and bullying over the song, and now she’s opening up about it.
It never ceases to amaze me how mean people can be to each other, and I found it very surprising that Rebecca even got death threats shortly after she uploaded her “Friday” video.
Rebecca was bullied online and in school too, so she eventually dropped out entirely so her mom could homeschool her.
How sad is that?
All over a YouTube video…
Instagram; pictured above is Rebecca all grown up
It’s heartbreaking to me that there are people that would take the time to bully a 13-year-old, send her death threats, make her miserable, all because of a silly little song she came up with.
“9 years ago today a music video for a song called “Friday” was uploaded to the internet. Above all things, I just wish I could go back and talk to my 13-year-old self who was terribly ashamed of herself and afraid of the world,” Rebecca shared in an Instagram post 3 days ago.
“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.”
“To my 19-year-old self who had almost every producer/songwriter tell me they’d never work with me.”
“Hell, to myself a few days ago who felt disgusting when she looked in the mirror!”
“I’m 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. 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.”
Rebecca now lives in Los Angeles and is still a singer.
Be kind to people on and offline. It really matters.
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