But, as we’ve seen time and time again, Web fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In an interview with ABC News, Black said she was forced to leave school because of bullying and harassment. “When I walk by they’ll start singing ‘Friday’ in a really nasally voice,” she said. “Or, you know, they'll be like, ‘Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is.’ ”
She’s now being homeschooled, a decision her mother agrees with. “She certainly did not need that kind of pressure,” Georgina Marquez, her mom, said.
Online, Black has been subjected to a flood of hateful comments about her voice and appearance, the occasional death threat and a particularly nasty rumor that she was pregnant at 13. “Waking up to a rumor that you’re pregnant is not fun,” Black told ABC. “It’s just frustrating, because I mean, I'm still, like, excited over my first kiss.”
Of course, her parents’ $4,000 investment has also brought her an opportunity to star in a Katy Perry video, make more (questionable) music and present a surfboard at the Teen Choice Awards. So don’t feel too bad.
Black’s full interview with Nightline airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern.