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Rebecca Black has bullies to thank for thick skin

Rebecca Black doesn't "want to be known as the 'Friday' girl" and has revealed that she wants to grow as an artist to prove herself.

She spoke to Associated Press about her struggles as a teenager and explained that although she was bullied through school she has to thank them for giving her a skin thick enough to deal with the 'Friday' backlash and recent death threat investigations:

"I was bullied all the time in school. I don't know what was so different about me that made people want to pick on me. I thank those people because if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here right now. I would probably still be sitting at home crying."

News emerged recently that the 13-year-old singer had returned to the studio and she plans to make a name for herself musically:

"Hopefully, I can be known as Rebecca Black and not the 'Friday' girl. I want to be a performing artist. That's what I've always wanted to do."

"I want to see everyone's opinion of my actual voice. I don't care if they love it. I don't care if they hate it."

Watch a feature on the young superstar, which includes an interview on how she felt when she realized 'Friday' had gone viral, here:


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