Shawn Mendes producer Teddy Geiger reveals transition
Singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger has come out as trans.
The musician is the mind behind Shawn Mendes hits Mercy, Stitches and Treat You Better.
They’ve also written for One Direction, Maroon 5, James Blunt and Tiësto, and released their own albums and EPs as a singer-songwriter.
Writing on Instagram this week, Geiger responded to a fan who questioned their changing look.
The singer wrote: “Okay… because u asked nicely… I am transitioning”.
Geiger added: “I started talking about it with a couple of my close friends and family about a month ago and it’s given me the courage to start the process.
“I feel like the next step is to tell all y’all. So here goes.
“Love it or hate this is who i have been for a looooong time. I love u guys. Talk sooooon byeeee.”
Fans responded with an outpouring of love.
Geiger added: “Woke up to so much love. I have the best friends. “.
The musician has not yet revealed whether they will be changing their name or confirmed the pronouns they use.
Meanwhile, Mendes has been the victim of repeated hoaxes about his sexuality since he broke through as a singer.
The 19-year-old addressed the ongoing rumours last year, posting a video to Snapchat where he attempted to put the matter to rest once and for all.
The singer underlined that while there is nothing at all wrong with being gay, he isn’t.
He said: “I don’t usually do this or bring up problems but I was on YouTube just watching some of my interviews and I was going down the comments and noticed a lot of people were saying I have them a ‘gay vibe’.
“First of all, I’m not gay. Second of all, it shouldn’t make a difference if I was or if I wasn’t. The focus should be on the music and not my sexuality.”
“Now I know 99% of you guys aren’t making assumptions like this but this is for the 1% of you that are.”
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He continued: “I just want you guys to know before you judge someone on the way they speak or act to think ‘Hey, maybe I shouldn’t be judging someone’ or, ‘Wait, it actually doesn’t even matter’.”
“They can do or be or feel however they want to feel. Now I’m not frustrated because people were saying that I was gay at all.
“I have no problem with that ‘cos it wouldn’t make a difference to me. I’m frustrated because in this day and age, people have the audacity to write online that I’m gay as if it were a big thing.”
“That’s all I really have to say about that. I just wish that 1% of people would grow up. I love you guys.”