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‘Friday’ singer Rebecca Black resurfaces 11 years after viral flop

She looks nothing like you remember her.
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Rebecca Black first made headlines in 2011 when her song Friday went viral for all the wrong reasons, but a decade on she’s resurfaced and reclaimed her infamous track.

WATCH: Rebecca Black’s viral song ‘Friday’

Appearing on Today Extra in September 2022, the singer was looking all grown up and nothing like we remember her as a teen in the Friday music video.

Sporting black hair and microbangs, Rebecca is now a TikTok sensation and favourite among the queer community – so how has she come so far from her Friday infamy?

“I put out a remix for the 10-year anniversary where I completely remade the song and made it my own,” she said on the show.

“It was such an opportunity to reclaim it and show people what I have been up to in the past because I was 13 then and I am 25 now.”

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Rebecca Black in her viral ‘Friday’ video and now. (Credit: YouTube/Instagram)

The singer added that she never knew her song would go viral and she struggled with the attention as a teen finding her way in an “industry that I wasn’t even ready to step into”.

But now she’s gearing up to speak at the Big Sounds music conference in Brisbane and she couldn’t be more proud of the person she’s become since her Friday fame.

“It just took a lot of perseverance a lot of willingness to believe in myself,” she said.

“I just feel so fortunate to have found a space and an audience that allows me to be myself, allows many to share my experiences, share queer music and, yeah, things have changed a lot. I feel really fortunate.”

These days she’s an internet sensation, so what has Rebecca been up to in the decade since she first hit our YouTube feeds with Friday? Keep reading to find out.

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Rebecca is now a TikTok sensation and favourite among the queer community. (Credit: Instagram)

What does Rebecca Black think of Friday now?

When asked why the song remains so famous – or should we say infamous – today, the singer said it was an “impossible” question to answer.

“I was 13 at the time and I was just a kid who was trying to find my way, trying to discover something that I would love,” she said.

“I had the opportunity to do something like this and obviously it went a lot further then I would have thought. I am so excited to be here in Australia now and to be almost 12 years after the fact… I feel grateful.”

Though the song copped plenty of ridicule when it was released, Rebecca “reclaimed” the track on its 10-year anniversary with a remix that was all her own.

Now she’s proud of how far the song has taken her and how “special” it remains to her fans around the world.

WATCH: Rebecca Black sings about being queer in ‘Girlfriend’

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What is Rebecca Black’s age?

Rebecca Black shot to fame in 2011 when she was just 13 and released the song Friday. She’s now 25.

What is Rebecca Black’s net worth?

Though she had a viral hit back in 2011, Rebecca may have only earned as little as $30,000 from Friday after YouTube and the label took their cut of the profits, according to Slate. In recent years her net worth has been estimated at anywhere between $500,000 to $5 million USD.

Does Rebecca Black have Instagram?

Like all Gen-Z stars, Rebecca is big on Instagram where she posts under the handle @ msrebeccablack and has over 990,000 followers. You can follow her here.

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Rebecca is big on Instagram where she has over 990,000 followers. (Credit: Instagram)

What is Rebecca Black’s sexuality?

In 2020 Rebecca opened up about her sexuality, revealing on the Dating Straight podcast that she most identifies with the label ‘queer’ and has dated women.

“I made a conscious decision to not, like, ‘come out’. People started asking and I stopped not responding. I’m still in the process,” she told the hosts.

“Every day is different… to me, the word ‘queer’ feels really nice. I have dated a lot of different types of people, and I just don’t really know what the future holds. Some days, I feel a little more on the ‘gay’ side than others.”

She also sang about her queer identity on her Rebecca Black Was Here EP.

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In 2020 Rebecca opened up about her sexuality, revealing that she most identifies with the label ‘queer’ and has dated women. (Credit: Instagram)

Rebecca Black’s new songs

In 2021 Rebecca released a new project, an EP titled ‘Rebecca Black Was Here’ featuring six new songs that quickly gained traction online.

“I have been open about my experiences… It was my first major project I had put out since ‘Friday’ really and since that experience,” she told Today Extra.

The record featured the track Girlfriend, where Rebecca sings openly about being queer and dating women.

It was a hit on TikTok and with her LGBTQIA+ audience, something she said was deeply important to her and the music industry at large.

“It is integral that the rest of the world keeps up with where the current generation is at and allows them to have a voice and allows them to speak,” she added.

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