When Rebecca Black released her viral hit single “Friday” in 2011, she received a ton of backlash and was the subject of cruel Internet bullying.
Now a junior in high school, the singer is back with a new song, “Saturday,” and says she could not care less about the critics and naysayers.
Speaking exclusively with Roz & Mocha on Toronto’s Kiss 92.5, Rebecca explained: “I got to the point where I just didn’t care about what anyone thought. I don’t care about the hate, it’s going to be there no matter what I do.”
She continued: “Is [Friday] the smartest and most intellectual thing ever? No. It was something fun that I did, and something I got the opportunity for and ran with it,” she said.
Because of her personal experience, Rebecca sympathizes with girls who are manipulated and bullied by the nastier side of the music industry like she was.
“I’m one of the most Internet savvy people by now. And I can’t help [but] feel for them when they’re getting backlash, especially because these girls keep getting younger and younger.”
The well-spoken teenager also described why she decided – even after all of the harsh criticism for “Friday” – to write a followup song.
“One of my favourite things to do is make fun of myself and I’d gotten to the point where I just wanted to do something fun,” she said.
Listen to the interview here and watch the video for "Saturday" below.