Teddy Geiger Abused Drugs, Went To Rehab For Anxiety Before Gender Transition

Teddy Geiger Abused Drugs, Went To Rehab For Anxiety Before Gender Transition
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Jul. 5 2018, Published 7:31 p.m. ET

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In an emotional revelation, singer and songwriter Teddy Geiger admits that before recently transitioning into a woman she was plagued with crippling anxiety, which led to an addiction to drugs and cigarettes.

Speaking with The New York Times, Geiger shared she was overcome with anxiety while she struggled with her identity. By last summer, Geiger was smoking up to two packs of cigarettes and a half-ounce of weed a day.

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She also became obsessed with the appearance of her nails and focused on painting them to keep them gleaming.

“It was the only femininity that I was expressing, so I wanted it to be so perfect,” she recalled. “It was the only thing I could control.”

In September, Geiger, 29, entered rehab to “get to the bottom of the gender thing.”

Confronting her shame and anger in marathon group-therapy sessions, Geiger exited treatment ready to confront her truth about who she truly was.


As reported, the singer, who has written songs for artists from Shawn Mendes and James Blunt to One Direction, began her transition last October, and debuted her new look in May.

Now Geiger's put her addictions behind her.

“I just feel more open,” she told the Times. “Because I’m willing to talk about everything now, people are then more open with me.”

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