Rachel Crow, like many kids, has had her share of experiences with bullies. The singer recently premiered her new single “Mean Girls” off her upcoming self-titled EP, a song all about standing up for yourself against bullies and remaining who you are despite what others may think.
The 14-year-old recently talked with AOL about her own personal experience with bullies, “It was the looks and the being called ‘weirdo’ and ‘freak.’ Me and my one friend would stick together and just brush it off, but of course there were times when I would come home crying to my mom and saying, ‘They called me this!’ And she would just say, ‘Oh they’re just jealous!’,” she said. “But I was different in every possible way in school. I grew up in a very small, very conservative farm town and I walked in with this bright personality. I was loud and outgoing and had curly hair and they were just kind of like, ‘What is going on right now? What is this creature?’ I was just being myself and my parents taught me to always be myself and never think you have to be different than who you are. That was what made me confident to try out for ‘X Factor.’ Honestly, looking back at it, I feel sorry for all the mean girls and the bullies. I think there are two sides to everything, and one of the lines I wrote [in the song "Mean Girls"] is ‘Maybe somebody was cold to you/ so you think that’s what you’re suppose to do.’ That’s one of my favorite lines, because it’s true,” she added.
Rachel was also asked if any of her former bullies reached out to her since her rise to fame to which she responded, “A lot of them actually. I came across this interesting thing on Facebook that Will Smith posted, and it said, ‘If you were absent during the struggle, don’t expect to be present during the success.’ And I thought that was amazing. I just love him! So they would ask the typical questions, like, ‘Are you mad at me?’ And I would say, ‘No I’m not mad, but you weren’t there for me before, and just because I was on ‘X Factor,’ that’s why you’re here from me now,” she said.
Rachel’s upcoming self-titled EP will be released digitally on June 26th. It features “Mean Girls” along with four other new songs. Rachel will be going on the “Big Time Summer Tour” with Big Time Rush beginning on July 5 in Columbus, OH.
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