Rebecca Black comes out as queer: 'The word feels really nice'
Rebecca Black, who shot to fame as a teenager with the viral song Friday, has come out as queer.
The singer and YouTuber revealed she had recently gone through a break-up with a woman, as she confirmed her sexuality on a recent episode of the podcast Dating Straight.
Black, now 22, spoke to podcast hosts Jack Dodge and Amy Ordman of the split, and said she now felt ready to come out after previously making a conscious decision not to.
She said: "People started asking and I stopped not responding. I'm still in the process."
Black shot to fame when when she was just 13-years-old when the music video for her song Friday was released on YouTube in February 2011, and rapidly became a viral sensation.
The song became an overnight sensation upon its release, and was ruthlessly panned online for its lyrics, such as: “Kickin’ in the front seat / Sittin’ in the back seat / Gotta make my mind up / Which seat can I take?”
Black recently revealed she struggled with depression in the wake of the song's release, and faced bullying at school because of it.
Speaking on the podcast about her sexuality and how she now identifies, Black said: "It's like f**king quarantine, every day is different.
"It's something that over the past few years I've obviously been having a lot of conversations with myself about.
"To me the word 'queer' feels really nice. I have dated a lot of different types of people.
"I just don't really know what the future holds. Some days, I feel a little more on the 'gay' side than others."
The singer had previously hinted about her sexuality when she was asked by a fan on YouTube whether she considers herself to be part of the LGBTQ+ community.
She said: "I definitely see sexuality as being on a spectrum.
"You can definitely be on one end of the spectrum or the other.
"With there being a spectrum, there is this huge middle ground. I definitely see myself as being on that spectrum."
Following the release of Friday, Black went on to appear in the music video for Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night and was on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
In her later teens, Black found success as a YouTuber and continued to release music.
She most recently released a single titled Sweetheart.The star is now a YouTuber with 1.46 million subscribers.
Rebecca Black reveals Friday backlash left her depressed and bullied