Shawn Mendes’ New Album Has No Pronouns in Honor of Teddy Geiger
Shawn Mendes‘ close friend and musical counterpart, Teddy Geiger, came out as transgender in October 2017, telling the world she was starting the transitioning process. The 19-year-old singer says he “can’t express how happy” he felt when she came out to him and the rest of their songwriting crew and consciously left pronouns off his new album, which comes out tomorrow, as a result.
“Yeah, it’s true,” the Canadian crooner said when Entertainment Weekly asked if not including pronouns in many of his songs was a conscious decision made after Teddy came out. “It doesn’t matter. Everything is up for your perspective. Let it be you. It really just doesn’t matter to me at all nowadays. I love how open everybody is and how open everything is. It just makes life more fun.”
Shawn continued, “The whole album. I made the whole album with her. I met Teddy the night I cut ‘Stitches’ and we’ve had a really special connection ever since then. And for her to feel so comfortable with me and the other songwriters the night she came out… I can’t express how happy that made me.”
He remembers the look on Teddy’s face when he used the correct pronoun in a conversation without even thinking about it and therefore understands how impactful leaving songs up to interpretation really can be.
“It’s a very new thing, right? People transitioning. There are still a lot of people who don’t understand it, and to refer to somebody as a pronoun that you haven’t been referring to them as their entire life, your entire life, is very difficult,” he explained. “But the thing that’s amazing is that I remember the day I said ‘she,’ and it wasn’t because I said it consciously, it was because I said it without thinking, basically just in conversation. I didn’t realize I did it, but she looked at me and she had the most incredible look in her eyes.”
shawn talking about teddy geiger really shows the unproblematic, open-minded, wise and beautiful person he truly is. he really knows what’s going on with the world and people around him and cares so deeply. honestly he never fails to amaze me pic.twitter.com/IDvqbJHUKQ
— babette (@holdontario) April 9, 2018
“If every person in the world had one of their best friends look at them that way, and express that much joy in what it meant for her to be referred to as the pronoun she is, there would no longer be an argument [over trans rights]. People would just understand. It’s so powerful to have somebody you’re so close to go through something like that. It’s just f*cking beautiful, man. I really wish you could have seen it.”
Shawn Mendes: The Album will be available to download or purchase everywhere at midnight.