Rebecca Black: Almost A Decade Since “Friday”
It’s Friday, Friday
Gotta get down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend
While it may be difficult to listen to the song and not cringe, the song brings back different feelings for the original singer of the song.
In a post back in early February of this year, Black posted a picture of herself looking effortless chic in a denim, heart-shaped necklined dress, a bob cut and red lipstick with matching boots. She stares straight into the camera, reflecting on different stages of her life she wished she could go back to.
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*swipe ->* 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. 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/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. 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! this might be a weird thing to post but the honesty feels good if nothing else. 🤍
Black posted the picture on the 9th anniversary of the song, stating that she wished she could “could go back and talk to my 13-year-old self who was terribly ashamed of herself and afraid of the world.”
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Oh hey baby Bex! 👋🏼 Growing up can be a wonderful but also weird thing. Sometimes it can be really difficult, especially in the world we live in today. I’ve certainly struggled with it, but with time and through finding my passions, it’s gotten easier. Just want to say to all you guys going back to school this year, however you’re feeling, you are not alone…and you are much stronger than you might think. Find the strength to express yourself 💜 @bestrongglobal #BeStrong
She shared that, at the age of 15, she faced depression alone; having felt that she had no on to talk to. This came around the same time she dropped out of school, when at 14, she was bullied and taunted with nasally singing and, “Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?”.
The bullying went on well into high school, where it was not just her that got bullied but her friends too, as people threw food at them.
She also shared the difficulty of finding a producer or a songwriter to work with her; the result of one wrong decision in her musical career that haunts her to this day.
And what was it that she wished she could tell herself back then?
“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!”
We stan a strong Queen who takes her time because life’s a b*tch but she’s making it hers.