By Marisol Bo-oc | 11:10 PM February 08, 2021
Retired WWE wrestler Gabbi Tuft, known in the ring as Tyler Reks, has come out as transgender.
On Instagram, the wrestler formerly known as Tuft wrote several emotional posts about her decision to transition.
“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,” she said.
“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,” she added, posting a photo of her posing in front a picture of her old self.
She also thanked her wife, her family, and her friends for accepting her for who she is.
In another post, she shared her joy for all the support she received after coming out as transgender.
“As I fully embraced my authentic self, neighbors went out of their way to ring my doorbell and drop off cards, flowers, and give hugs and support,” she said. “I was showered with an unimaginable amount of love and encouragement every time I picked up my phone.”
Gabbi also posted a coming out video she recorded in December, sharing more details on her journey.
On TV show Extra, she shared about her experience. She was even accompanied by her wife during the Extra interview..
‘It’s been a very interesting … progression,’ said Tuft after noting that Priscilla had a hard time with it.
‘Our intimate life has changed quite a bit,’ she added. ‘We’re not active in that way right now, and what we’ve discovered is a whole different part of our relationship.’
Tuft then shared: ‘We actually don’t have partners outside of the relationship at all. I was a virgin when we got married 18 and a half years ago — we had never kissed. Our first kiss was on our wedding day.’
And Tuft said it has not been smooth making the transition.