After days of giving teasers on social media, the former wrestler has made the most significant announcement. The star has come out as a transgender person amid all the fears around her sexuality.
Retiring from the wrestling ring, Gabbi Tuft wrestled with her fears and demons. She was always fearful of what people would think if she embraces and comes out with her true self.
All those days of worry are behind her, and Tuft, known as Tyler Reks on the WWE scene, has revealed to her fans and followers that she is transgender. She elaborated that she is using the pronouns she and her.
Here’s what she had to say about the long journey that she had with herself before realizing what she truly is.
In her touching Instagram post, she revealed that she was afraid of what her friends, family, and followers would think once she came out. As she mustered up the courage over the years, she wrote, “I am no longer afraid, and I am no longer fearful.” The star had an emotional countdown to this important announcement and mused, “I can now say with confidence that I love myself for WHO I am.” Gabbi was so happy for the first time in her life that she walked out of her house with her “head up high.”
Gabbi Tuft (previously known as Gabe) wrestled professionally from 2007 to 2014. She went by the name of “Tyler Reks” in the ring. She intimidated her opponents in iconic TV events like “SmackDown,” “Raw,” “Superstars,” and “WrestleMania.” During those years, her signature move was “burning hammer.” Tons of videos on the internet show Tuft wrapping the competitors’ bodies around her neck and then smacking them stomach-down into the ring.
Tuft retired from wrestling to spend more time with her wife, Priscilla, and daughter. She put all the years of “burning hammer” behind and started her career as a fitness trainer and motivational speaker. Despite her successful career in and out of the ring, Gabbi struggled with the deep persona dwelling inside her. She says in the personal statement, “This is a persona she has been hiding in the loud silence of her soul since childhood.”