In 2011, 13yo Rebecca Black released the single 'Friday'. It continues to affect her today.

In 2011, a song was released that would change the way we’d think about our weekends forever.

Friday had long been the best day of the working week, because it signalled the end of the working week.

Come on, sing along: “Partying, partying, fun fun fun fun.” Post continues below video.

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But then came along Rebecca Black, and suddenly Fridays were different.

We were overcome with worry about things we’d never really thought about before.

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We felt pressure to 'get down'. And we wondered if she was... okay. Turns out, she wasn't.

In February 2020, commemorating nine years since releasing Friday, the now 22-year-old has touched on the difficulties she's faced since the release of the song when she was a teen. In a Twitter post, she wrote about the depression and bullying she's suffered due to the infamous hit and how it's continued to affect her career.


"Nine 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.

"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/song writer tell me they'd never work with me.

"Hell, to myself a few days ago who felt disgusting when she looked in her 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!

What happened when Rebecca Black released 'Friday'?

As the story goes, Black’s parents paid now-defunct production company Ark Music Factory a few thousand dollars to give their daughter a chance at feeling like a real pop star.

The money bought Black a pre-written song to record and the chance to star in the accompanying music video... Enter: Friday.

First uploaded to YouTube in February 2011, Black's debut single, released when she was just 13, amassed more than 168 million views on YouTube in its first three months.

Dubbed by many as the worst song ever released, it went viral for all the wrong reasons.


Friday is undoubtedly one of the decade's weirdest cultural phenomenons. And I'll be honest - not a Friday goes by when I don't think about it.

Which means, not a Friday goes by when I don't think about Rebecca Black and wonder how she's doing.

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The internet can be a gross place, so it probably isn't surprising to hear that following her song's virality, Black received an extreme amount of hate, abuse and even death threats.

Beyond social media comments and many, many parodies, Black was also bullied by her classmates. It became bad enough that she started to fail her classes. She left her private school and was homeschooled instead.

In 2017, Black wrote an essay for NBC News about how she struggled following her unexpected infamy.

"I will never fully understand how I became one of the first people to experience online bullying in an extremely intense way.

"But I do know now that what happened to me is truly just a global extension of something that goes on in every school, on every computer screen and in every neighbourhood," she wrote.

"In my life, there were people I personally knew at school and in my inner circle who verbally abused me. But then there were also complete strangers from all around the world using social media to deride me, degrade me and even worse; some people threatened my life."



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played my last show of the year and decade today :’) if you’ve made it out to a show over the years, THANK YOU.

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Black said that in the years since, the bullying had died down a little, and that as she has grown up it became easier for her to "maintain a sense of perspective".

And thankfully, Black didn't let the negativity deter her. Now 22, she has continued to do her thing despite facing such negativity as a young teen.

At 18, she moved to Hollywood for a new start.

"I was kind of a later bloomer, personality-wise," she told Los Angeles Magazine.

"I feel like because of everything that happened with Friday and growing up on YouTube, like I experienced so much, but I was a bit emotionally stunted. And when I moved out here, I started working with a team that actually gave a shit about me."

She has continued to release music - and no, not all her songs are about days of the week (although... um, there was her second single, called... Saturday).

If you heard the 2019 singles Anyway or Do You? on the radio or in a store, you really would have no idea it was the girl who sung "Yesterday was Thursday, today it is Friday, we we we so excited". I promise.


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8 years and a few tequila shots later...

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In 2018, Black appeared on the musical competition The Four: Battle for Stardom, hosted by Fergie and judged by Sean Combs, Meghan Trainor and DJ Khaled.

After singing NSYNC's Bye Bye Bye for her audition, Black was knocked out in the next round, which involved a sing-off with another competitor.

Although she didn't win, Black said she was glad to give people an insight into what she'd been up to in the years since Friday.

"I am just blown away reading your comments and seeing so much support online," she tweeted after her elimination.

"Sending all of my love right back to you. Thank you for hearing me, for seeing me. This is just the beginning."

Beyond music, Black has also forged a bit of a side hustle thanks to social media.

She has 850,000 followers on Instagram and has posted a number of influencer posts.

Her YouTube channel has close to 1.5 million subscribers, and she regularly uploads lifestyle videos, song covers and 'a day in the life' style videos.

She also regularly tours the US... and yes, she does sing Friday.

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