11 February 2020 20:33
(CNN) Partyin', partyin', YEAH! "Friday," the accidental anthem of 2011 and an ode to the best day of the week, is officially nine years old. It became something of a national joke when it debuted. But to a then-13-year-old Rebecca Black, the single's star, the jokes made at her expense were immensely damaging. Black, now 22 but still a pop singer, is remarkably well-adjusted for someone whose life was upended by a music video.
She marked the 9th anniversary of the song that started it all with a note to her younger self--and advice for her followers to love themselves a little better. "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. The backlash was more traumatic than she let on then. In her post, she shares that she felt depressed and alone at 15. Classmates threw food at her and her friends at 17. And at 19, producers and songwriters told her they'd never work with her. Read More