A year after announcing that she was transitioning to female, singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger is opening up about the experience in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Speaking to RS, the 30-year-old says it was only within the past few years that she began experimenting by publicly showcasing her “femme” side.

“I didn’t know anyone who was trans,” she says. “I had very little connection to that, so it wasn’t really until maybe three years ago I started actually painting my nails and going out. Nobody cared if I was femme.”

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When one of her former girlfriends asked Geiger if she wanted to transition, her first instinct was to insist that she didn’t.

“It’s funny,” says Geiger. “Some people now are like, ‘Why would you transition? Why can’t you just be comfortable how you were born?’ That was my logic, but at a certain point I realized that I was born uncomfortable. I was born in this in-between where I want to express one way.”

After seeking treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, she came to realize that she’d actually known she was female since she was five years old, a realization that helped her tell the people in her life that she was ready to begin living as a woman.

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“Nobody really knew me, and all of this stuff that now on a day-to-day basis I don’t have to deal with,” she says. “It is a huge weight lifted.”

Geiger has even more to celebrate now that she and girlfriend Emily Hampshire are engaged, sharing a photo of her engagement ring and revealing the news that the “Schitt’s Creek” star is now her fiancee:

You can read the entire interview with Teddy Geiger in Rolling Stone.