Gabbi Tuft is no longer afraid of who she is. The 42-year-old former WWE star came out as transgender on Thursday via social media and spoke about her journey.
“This is me,” she captioned a smiling photo of herself in a red tank top and ripped jeans posing in front of a framed photo of her when she was still known by her ring name, Tyler Reks. “Shamelessly, shamelessly me. This is the side of me that has been hiding in the shadows, fearful and fearful of what the world would think; fearful of what my family, friends, and followers would say or do. I am no longer afraid and I am no longer afraid. Now I can confidently say that I love myself for WHO I am. “
Tuft, who retired from WWE in 2014, noted that the past eight months have been “the darkest” of his entire life.
“The emotional turmoil of being transgender and having to face the world nearly wiped me out multiple times,” she wrote. “However, the day that I stopped caring about what other people thought, was the day that I truly became limitless and allowed my authentic self to come out.”
Tuft has been married to his wife, Priscilla, since 2002, and they share a 9-year-old daughter, Mia.
“My loving wife, my family and my closest friends have accepted me for who I am,” he shared. “To them, I will be eternally grateful. Their support along the way means more than you will ever know.
“I don’t expect everyone to agree or understand,” he continued. “It is not my place to change any of your fundamental beliefs. You just have to know that the outer layer can change, but the soul remains the same.”
On Wednesday, before coming out as transgender, Tuft shared a tribute to Priscilla, calling her his “twin flame.”
“Our love has passed through many lives,” he wrote. “… And so we support each other, supporting each other fully, without judgment, without opinion, united by lives of pain, anguish, joy, happiness, passion, irreplaceable experiences, births and deaths, and we are both free and more in love than in any previous life … I love you P, until my last breath … and then I will find you again. “