Former WWE wrestler Gabbi Tuft also known as Tyler Reks has officially come out as a transgender woman.
The 42-year old wrestler shared the news through a press release calling Gabbi’s journey a ‘thrilling story of gender transitioning.’
“Gabbi is about to share her thrilling story of gender transitioning from a former WWE superstar, Body Builder, Fitness Guru, Motivational speaker and Motorcycle Racer to a fun loving and fabulous female,” read part of the release.
“She has finally set free and ready to rule her world. Despite his success during and after WWE career, Gabe was still wrestling with a secret persona dwelling deep within him. This is a persona he has been hiding in the loud silence of his soul since childhood.
Finally, with the blessing of his loving wife Priscilla, Gabe is ready to reveal who he really is. “He” is now known as “she”. A beautiful wise witty and wonderful woman called “Gabbi.”
“This is a story that wrestling and other sports fans, friends and followers must not miss, especially many in the LGBTQ community dealing with challenging transgender issues, who Gabbi and (wife) Priscilla are willing to help,” the release goes on.
The wrestler has offered to share more about her transition in an interview on Extra.
Initially Gabbi wanted to reveal the news on Friday but it came early as she shared a picture on Instagram. She shared a photo of herself beaming and posing in front of an old wrestling photo as she shared her new, authentic look.
‘The ball dropped early today as this is now worldwide news,” she captioned the photo.
“This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me. This is the side of me that has hidden in the shadows, afraid and fearful of what the world would think; afraid of what my family, friends and followers would say or do.
“I am no longer afraid and I am no longer fearful. I can now say with confidence, that I love myself for WHO I am.
‘The previous eight months have been some of the darkest of my entire life. The emotional turmoil of being transgender and having to face the world has almost ended me on multiple occasions.
Tuft started professional wrestling in 2007 and ended in 2014, she appeared on Smackdown, Raw and Wrestlemania.