Rebecca Black, 14-year-old singer of "Friday", has quit school because of excessive bullying from peers. Her first single garnered more than 167 million YouTube views in the past six months, and had over 3.1 million "dislikes" from YouTube users. The comments on the video, which were mostly negative, were disabled in May 2011.
The Anaheim, Calif. teenager has been criticized for "Friday" mainly due to its overly simple lyrics and her auto-tuned voice. She told "Nightline" on Tuesday that she'd been getting so brutally teased by classmates about the song that she decided to leave her middle school.
"When I walk by, they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice," she recounted of the abuse she took from petty peers. "Or, you know, they'll be like, 'Oh, hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?'"
Her mother, Georgina Marquez, who paid ARK Music Factory to record "Friday" and have the music video produced, took her out of the junior high she was attending and is now homeschooling her.
"She certainly did not need that kind of pressure," Marquez said.
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"I've had a lot of experience with not being liked and all that," Black said. "I think if I hadn't had to deal with that in the past, then I totally would have handled this differently and I would have gone down in burning flames. But I've learned that you just can't let it get to you."
After her breakout in March, Black told ABC News that as a victim of schoolyard bullies, she'd "learned to have a thick skin" long before she ever got a single "Thumbs Down" or nasty comment for her YouTube efforts.
"I was bullied all the time in school," Black said. "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. I've dealt with that my whole life. I laugh at them now."