, the 14-year-old Internet sensation whose hit song ‘Friday’ grabbed over 167 million views on Youtube in the past six months, has chosen to be homeschooled to get away from constant verbal bullying, she told ABC News in a recent interview.
“When I walk by, they’ll start singing ‘Friday’ in a really nasally voice,” Black explained, recalling the abuse she took from her peers. “Or, you know, they’ll be like, ‘Oh, hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?’”
Although Friday is the song that put her on the map, it originally became popular for the wrong reasons.
With lyrics such as “Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends/Kicking in the front seat, sitting in the back seat, Gotta make my mind up, which seat can I take?’” Black’s music video launched a national debate about whether it was the worst song ever.
“I don’t think I’m the worst singer, but I don’t think I’m the best singer,” Black said in an interview with ABC News just days after Friday “blew up” on the web.
Rebecca’s mother, Georgina Marquez, who paid ARK Music Factory to record “Friday” and have the music video produced, endorsed the homeschooling decision due to the taunting and because her daughter needs more time to focus on her career.
“It’s hard to go to school when you are so famous, and to have kids constantly making fun of what’s going on… She certainly did not need that kind of pressure,” Marquez said.
Besides the schooling switch, Black, who recently released her second single, My Moment, and is currently working on her debut album, told ABC that fame has not changed her much.
“It’s hard because everyone wants to say ‘Oh my God, I’m this big star now,’” Black said. “But I don’t see it that way. I’m still the same 14-year-old girl that loves to hang out with her friends.”
Watch Rebecca Black talk about the dark side of fame in her interview with ABC News below: