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Rebecca Black, the Auto-Tuned voice behind the song "Friday" – which hit the YouTube
jackpot for all the wrong reasons
– is surprised about the overwhelming response she's received … just not in a good way.
"Those hurtful comments really shocked me," Black, 13, tells the Daily Beast
. "At times, it feels like I'm being cyberbullied."
The worst words she's received? " 'I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you'll get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty,' " Black said on Friday's Good Morning America
. "When I first saw all the nasty comments, I did cry … I don't think I'm the worst singer, but I don't think I'm the best."
Not that she's necessarily singing the praises of the song, which was part of a $2,000 package her mother paid to Ark Music Factory, an L.A.-based vanity production company for aspiring teen singers. The producers offered her two songs, and she settled on "Friday" because, she told the Daily Beast
, "The other song was about adult love – I haven't experienced that yet. 'Friday' is about hanging out with friends, having fun. I felt like it was my personality in that song."
And whether she likes it or not, her music video has racked up nearly 16 million hits on YouTube – and overtaken Charlie Sheen
's pre-eminence on the site – so is she the next Justin Bieber
One thing is for sure: She'd definitely like to sing with him. "I have Bieber fever," Black
. "I am in love with Justin Bieber. [A duet] would make my life!"
Additional reporting by RENNIE DYBALL