February 10, 2011. The very beginning of the infamy of Rebecca Black. That’s the date that the 13-year-old singer uploaded her video for “Friday,” and set off a viral storm of criticism, hot takes, and parodies. Now 9 years later, Black is looking back and sending a message to her younger self.
“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 in a post on Instagram, featuring side-by-side photos of herself at 13 and now at 22.
Black continued, addressing her struggles over the years and personal battles.
“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.”
After “Friday,” Black would go on to release several songs, none having the same internet impact as her first. In 2017 she released her first EP, and would perform on the show, The Four: Battle for Stardom, in 2018. The appearance was ultimately a success for the singer, advancing past the auditions and receiving an outpouring of support from fans.