It's been nine years since the viral hit song Friday was released and to mark the occasion, Rebecca Black has opened up about her struggle with depression in a heartbreaking post .
After the song, which cost $4000 to make, was released back in 2011, Rebecca became the butt of many internet memes, death threats and cruel bullying.
In a TV appearance after she shot to fame, Rebecca read out an anonymous comment, saying: "I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get an eating disorder so you’ll look pretty, and I hope you go cut and die".
And now, on the anniversary of the release, Rebecca has revealed that her rise to fame made her "afraid of the world".
In an emotional statement she posted to Instagram on Tuesday, the singer admitted: "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.
"To my 15-year-old self who felt like she had nobody to talk to about the depression she faced."
She continued: "To my 17-year-old self who would get to school only to get food thrown at her and her friends.”
She also touched on the struggles she faced trying to create new music years later: "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!"
Amidst a number of messages from fans, Rebecca's mum commented on the post, writing: "I am the proudest mom that has ever existed and that will ever exist because of my daughter Rebecca Black! I love you so much Sweetpea!" with which Rebecca replied "Love you mama".
Another person said: "Look at you now, all successful with beautiful music. your 13 year old self got you there. so proud."
A third said: "For all the cringe and laughs that rebecca black got from her video she had absolutely zero resources in comparison to the instant fame that jbiebs received at roughly the same exact time, in part a function of the misogyny driving the hate directed to her".
After returning to social media Rebecca thanked her fans for their support saying: "Okay so I just got back on twitter and I am just so blown away and confused and grateful at the messages you guys have been sending to me in response to this. I could have never imagined support like this. that you a million times I just wanna cry! (happily!!!)"
The singer told Billboard last year, that as a teenager she didn't really care if 'Friday' was a good song, she was just proud to say it was hers, in a time when she hadn't really found her "world in music".
Rebecca continued posting to her YouTube account despite the backlash and eventually released other songs including 2019's 'Do you?' and 'Sweetheart'.
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