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Shawn Mendes’ brand new, self-titled album will make its way into our lives in just a matter of hours, but before everyone presses play on the first, unheard track, there’s something incredible that you all need to know.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Shawn started talking about his relationship with Teddy Geiger and how her coming out basically influenced his new album.
He said QUOTE, “I met Teddy the night I cut ‘Stiches’ 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… 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. 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. 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.”
And as Shawn revealed all of that, the interviewer made an observation that a lot of Shawn’s new lyrics don’t include male or female pronouns and asked if his experience with Teddy was a direct result of all of that.
To which Shawn answered QUOTE, “Yeah, it’s true. It doesn’t matter. Everything is up for your perspective. Let it be you. It really 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.”
Wow. This honestly just makes me love Shawn even more.
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