Rebecca Black, once known as the internet’s punching bag following the viral sensation of her song “Friday,” has re-emerged stronger and more resilient than ever. With her recent debut album ‘Let Her Burn’ released in February 2023, Black has proven that resilience and the kindness of a few can turn a tale of internet mockery into an inspiring journey of personal and professional growth.
At the tender age of 13, Black was thrown into the harsh limelight when “Friday” went viral. The song was widely criticized and mocked, leading to a wave of online bullying against the young singer. It was a distressing time for Black, who was just beginning to navigate the intricacies of adolescence and newfound fame.
However, amidst the negativity and bullying, Black recently revealed that pop stars Katy Perry and Lady Gaga extended their support. In a heartfelt tweet, Black acknowledged, “I’m serious btw. idk if I’ve talked about this much but Katy spent so much time on her own accord talking to me and trying to encourage me when she brought me onstage and had me in that video. Gaga’s crew gave me and my fam monster ball tickets in my hometown. As a kid with what felt like a perpetual kick me sign on my back that was kindness I really needed. Mothers mothering thru n thru.”
These gestures, according to Black, served as much-needed support during a challenging period in her life. The acts of kindness from Perry and Gaga, two icons in the industry, offered solace and encouragement, which Black has carried with her throughout her career.
Black’s journey since “Friday” has been one of continuous growth. She has released several singles and EPs, demonstrating her evolution as an artist. The singer has also used her platform to advocate for mental health awareness, turning her personal trials into a call for greater understanding and empathy.
Her debut album, ‘Let Her Burn,’ marks a significant milestone in her journey.