Pop star Rebecca Black
achieved virality with the infamous song Friday
, back in 2011. After years of online hate and not being taken seriously as an artist, she has now cemented herself as a staple of the hyperpop genre, though she is not sure she would consider herself as such. Black just released her third EP Rebecca Black Was Here
, which she describes as a “moment of unlock” for her personal and creative growth as an artist. Standouts like Girlfriend
showcase that she’s no longer the 13-year-old girl that bore the brunt of everyone’s criticism. We spoke with Black about the new EP, coming out as queer, and the struggles of existing as a public figure on the Internet.