'Friday' Singer Rebecca Black Opens Up About Mental Toll Of Viral Fame On Song's Anniversary
Rebecca Black was just 13 years old when her song 'Friday' was released in 2011.
Now 22, the singer has opened up about the incessant bullying from schoolmates and trolls that resulted from the song's viral fame, and how the mental scars continue to affect her today.
Posting a lengthy essay on Twitter, Black began:
"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," she wrote.
She went on to describe the level of hate she endured, to the point where she said she had depression by 15, and at 17 would have "food thrown at her and her friends.”
She added that years of vitriol directed to her over years still has an influence on her today.
"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,” she concluded. “You are not defined by any one choice or thing.
“Time heals and nothing is finite.”
With the post quickly doing to rounds on Twitter, it reignited the discussion on social media and the impact it can have on people's mental health.
"This is a very scary reminder on how super impactful the internet can be," one fan wrote while resharing the Tweet. "A lot of people made fun of her, and for them that was it. But for her, she went through a massive struggle for many years. You never really know how you can affect people with words. People forget this."
Another user reflected on their past reaction to the star, saying, "I regret being a sh*thead kid & dumping on this random girl who was clearly forced into the spotlight."
They continued, "We were all the same age, but shitting on Rebecca Black used to just be something people DID in Middle School. She was just a kid."
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