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Shawn Mendes Says Songs from New Album Don't Feature Pronouns

Friday May 25, 2018

Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes released his third album Friday and recently opened up about his new music in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Mendes has already released a handful of songs prior to his self-titled album's release and some fans have noticed those tracks don't feature pronouns. When speaking with EW, however, the 19-year-old singer said none of the songs on his new album feature pronouns.

The "Stitches" singer said the decision came from his longtime producer Teddy Geiger, who recently came out as a trans woman. Mendes explains he made his new album entirely with her and that he has "a really special connection" with the producer. He added that Geiger's transition made him think about the usage of pronouns in his music.

"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 told EW. "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."

Mendes went on to say: "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-g beautiful, man. I really wish you could have seen it."

EW asked Mendes about him not using pronouns in his new lyrics. The singer said it was a result of working with Geiger and her transition.

"Yeah, it's true. It doesn't matter," he said. "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."

This isn't the first time Mendes opened up about the producer. Click here to watch the singer discuss Geiger in another interview.

Geiger made headlines last year when she came out as trans in a moving Instagram post.

"Shawn Mendes" is currently streaming and out in stores. Click here to read the full EW interview with Mendes.


  • Anonymous, 2018-05-25 14:50:51

    It’s been done in progressive rock in 1972. "And You & I" by Yes never refers to gender. "Close to the Edge" only has one use of a pronoun. The conscious removal of the typical "he/she" dichotomy appealed to me in high school.

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