Former WWE wrestler Gabbi Tuft has come out as transgender.
Tuft wrestled within the WWE between 2007 and 2014 below the identify Tyler Reks and mentioned she’d be speaking about her journey in an episode of “Further” subsequent week.
“Gabbi is about to share her thrilling story of gender transitioning from a former WWE celebrity, physique builder, health guru, motivational speaker and motorbike racer to a fun-loving and fabulous feminine,” the discharge reads.
“She has been lastly let loose and is able to rule her world.”
Tuft revealed her transition to followers on Instagram.
“That is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me,” she mentioned.
“That is the facet of me that has hidden within the shadows, afraid and petrified of what the world would assume; afraid of what my household, mates, and followers would say or do.”
After ending her wrestling profession, the 42-year-old began a health firm known as Physique Spartan along with her spouse, Priscilla.
The couple have a 9-year-old daughter collectively.
Tuft mentioned the previous eight months have been the hardest of her life.
“Nonetheless, the day I finished caring about what different individuals thought, was the day I really turned limitless and allowed my genuine self to return into the sunshine,” she mentioned.
“My loving spouse, household, and closest mates have accepted me for who I’m. To them, I’m without end grateful. Your assist alongside the way in which means greater than you’ll ever know.”
Tuft made one other emotional publish on Instagram within the hours after coming out.
“As I write this my eyes are welling up with uncontrollable tears of pleasure. The unbelievable outpouring of assist from 1000’s of individuals I’ve by no means met is an illustration of simply how a lot love there’s on this world,” she wrote.
“Yesterday, as I absolutely embraced my genuine self, neighbours went out of their method to ring my doorbell and drop off playing cards, flowers, and provides hugs and assist; I used to be showered with an unimaginable quantity of affection and encouragement each time I picked up my telephone; and my uncontrollable smile you noticed yesterday was instantly from my soul.
“As I walked to my neighbour’s home yesterday, and for the primary time since I started my transition, as an alternative of strolling with my head down in concern – I held it excessive, my fingers have been not clenched and hiding my nails, and my hair was not hiding my face.
“Thanks to everybody that has reached out in assist. You could have reaffirmed what I already knew, which is that we as people actually are beings of affection and light-weight. Thanks for seeing my coronary heart. I like you all and I’m grateful past phrases for each one among you.”