It’s been nine years since her viral hit (Picture: Getty/YouTube/Rebecca Black)

Rebecca Black has shared an emotional statement on the ninth anniversary of her song Friday, as she confessed she was ‘afraid of the world’ after its release.

The song, released back in 2011, quickly became a viral hit for all the wrong reasons, and spent a stint as YouTube’s most disliked video.

Years on from its release Rebecca has released plenty of other bops and has always been open about the dark side of going viral, which even led to her receiving vile trolling and death threats.

‘9 years ago today a music video for a song called “friday” was uploaded to the internet,’ the 22-year-old wrote.

‘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 no one to talk to about the depression she faced. To my 17 year old self who would go to school only to get food thrown at her and her friends.

Rebecca reflected on the past few years after the video (Picture: Twitter/MsRebeccaBlack)

‘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.’

Fans have been sharing the love for the star after the statement, with one writing: ‘Friday is legendary and you are an icon, thank you for nine years of fun fun fun fun!!!!’

‘Friday was amazing. You were 13 and you made history,’ one more told her, with another simply adding: ‘Friday is a bop.’

No lies detected.

Rebecca previously opened up about the song to Metro.co.uk, explaining: ‘At the end of the day, I was just a teenager just trying my best, trying to figure out what it all meant.’

She added: ‘I felt like people had this entire picture of who I was off of a three minute video of a song that I didn’t even write about a day of the week – really not that deep – and I just wanted to be myself.’

However, she’s got no regrets about the whole situation, explaining: ‘I’ve definitely learned so much and I think part of it is made me the person I am.’



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