August 11th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
Viral video star Rebecca Black, known for her amateur music video “Friday,” was forced to drop out of school due to constant harassment, she told ABC News' Nightline. The 14-year-old is being home-schooled by her mother, a former teacher.
“Friday,” a video Black’s parents paid $4,000 to produce, went viral after it was posted on YouTube this spring.
"After seeing it go from 4,000 views to 70,000 views in one night, and then waking up and it was at 200,000 views, that was when I realized this is going to be big," Black said of her unintentionally funny video.
Along with newfound fame, the wannabe singer began experiencing bullying about her earnest, albeit cheesy, song. Black saw cruel comments posted online, and was constantly harassed at school.
"When I walk by they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice,” she explained of her teen tormentors. “Or, you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?'"
Rebecca’s spokesman, John Vlautin, had this to say about whether his client was pulled out of school due to harassment over her “Friday” video: “That was certainly part of it, but in Orange County a student can't get credit for school if they miss class for work. So her mom enrolled her in a special program that [Orange County] offers for athletes, performers, etc....”
Black's mother, Georgina Marquez, told ABC that home schooling will help the 14-year-old focus on her career.
And her career seems to be skyrocketing: “Friday” was featured on “Glee,” and Black appeared in Katy Perry's video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." She also won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star at Sunday's show, and has released another single, “My Moment.”
So far, Black says that the proceeds from “Friday” will be enough to cover college tuition.
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