Rebecca Black Opens Up About That Infamous Friday Video

Celebs June 11, 2018 By Hugo

Remember Rebecca Black? If the name doesn't ring a bell, then the viral video to her song Friday probably does.

The video was criticized and trolled for its slapstick production values, and things got even worse for the then 13-year-old after she was placed under police protection after a number of death threats were made.

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It's fair to say that Rebecca Black's life had been turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

Still, all publicity is good publicity, and while Black was no doubt affected by the online ridicule, she managed to launch a successful solo career once the comic infamy of Friday had run its course.

Now 20-years-old (the song was released in 2011 just to make you feel even older), Black recently appeared on The Four: Battle for Stardom, and opened up about the incident which left her at rock bottom.

"When I was 13, I had a song called Friday. There were so many cool things that came out of it, but it also gave me a lot of setbacks because there were tons of people who didn't love it," she explained. "After it went on the internet, it blew up in the blink of an eye. The hate comments were everywhere. No one can prep you for that kind of thing. There is something so brutal when you're 13, about people telling you don't belong here."

Black then revealed that she came close to quitting music altogether. "There was definitely a moment where I got really close to giving up on my music. You should never let anyone tell you what you love to do is wrong."

Despite her viral fame, judges Diddy, Meghan Trainor and DJ Khaled had no idea who she was when she stepped in front of them to explain her story and sing, and despite a commendable rendition of NSYNC's 'Bye Bye Bye', Black failed to convince all judges that she was good enough to progress.

In another interview with Good Morning America, Black said that she no longer feels down about the Friday criticism: "When I first saw all these nasty comments I did cry. I felt like this was my fault and I shouldn't have done this and this is all because of me. Now I don't feel that way."

Whatever your views on the Friday video, there's no doubting that her singing has come on leaps and bounds, and for someone to be shamed and poked fun of at such a young age is incredibly unfortunate, but with time, Black seems to be forging ahead with her dreams, and it seems no amount of hateful words will stop her.

You go, girl!


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