It’s been nine years since the world was first introduced to Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” which instantly became a viral hit for all the wrong reasons. On the song’s anniversary, the now 22-year old singer opened up about how the backlash to the song affected her, according to CNN.
Black was 13 years old when “Friday”— a song with lyrics such as “Partyin’, partyin’, yeah!”—became the subject of harsh internet mockery, according to CNN.
“9 years ago today a music video for a song called ‘Friday’ was uploaded to the internet,” Black wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “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.”
The bullying included death threats and caused her to drop out of school and be homeschooled by her mother, Newsweek reported.
“I’m trying to remind myself more and more that every day is a new opportunity to shift your reality and lift your spirit,” Black tweeted. “You are not defined by any one choice or thing.”
The music video was originally released on Feb. 10, 2011, but was later taken down after a legal dispute, according to Entertainment Weekly. It returned to the internet in September 2011, and since then has received 139 million views.
The video has received 3.6 million “dislikes” and 1.1 million “likes,” taking the place of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” music video as the most disliked video on YouTube in March 2011, according to Newsweek.
Black has released other music since “Friday,” including an EP in 2017, and appeared on Fox’s reality singing competition “The Four” in 2018, according to EW.
“Time heals and nothing is finite,” Black wrote on Twitter. “It’s a process that’s never too late to begin. And so, here we go!”