Former WWE talent Gabbi Tuft has come out as a transgender woman.
The 42-year-old fitness guru – who wrestled under the ring name Tyler Reks – shared the news via a press release on Thursday, 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,’ the release read.
‘She has been finally set free and ready to rule her world.’
Out and proud: Retired WWE wrestler Gabbi Tuft has come out as a transgender woman
The release continues, saying: ‘Despite his successes during and after his 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,” the release continues.
‘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 San Francisco-born wrestling star will share more about her transition in an in depth interview on Extra this Friday.
In character: The 42-year-old fitness guru professionally wrestled under the ring name Tyler Reks from 2007 to 2014
Countdown: Gabbi teased the tell-all Extra interview while opening up on Instagram Thursday, sharing an extreme close-up of her face and writing: ‘**1 day remaining**’
It seems Gabbi had intended to reveal the news on Friday, but she took to Instagram to address the early revelation Thursday, sharing a photo of herself beaming and posing in front of an old wrestling photo while sharing her new, authentic look.
‘The ball dropped early today as this is now worldwide news,’ Tuft shared.
‘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.
‘However, the day I stopped caring about what other people thought, was the day I truly became limitless and allowed my authentic self to come into the light.
‘My loving wife, family, and closest friends have accepted me for who I am. To them, I am forever grateful. Your support along the way means more than you will ever know.
Another statement: Gabbi also shared a press release on her Instagram that explained more
Info: She shared a glam selfie and urged fans to check out her LinkTree for more information about her interviews and online ventures
‘I don’t expect everyone to agree or understand. It’s not my place to change any of your core beliefs. Just know that the outer shell may change, but the soul remains the same.
‘I know that many of you have questions and, as I have promised, they will all be answered. Tomorrow, on Extra, my interview with Billy Bush airs worldwide. I have included a link in the bio to this interview along with my personal coming out video that explains everything (waiting for Instagram to approve my name change and update the bio – please see my story for the link in the meantime). ‘
‘I promise to always be transparent and truthful with my journey, and to be a light to those that are in need.’
‘This is me. Love always, Gabbi Alon Tuft,’ she signed off.
Gabbi teased her reveal earlier in the day, sharing an extreme close-up of her face and writing: ‘**1 day remaining**’
‘”When you are ready to show all of your cards, there will be nothing left to fear.” Time’s up,’ she continued.
‘I am no longer afraid. Fear has been replaced with the highest vibrational state of gratitude.
Freed: ‘She has been finally set free and ready to rule her world,’ the press release explained. Gabbi will delve into the topic further with an in-depth interview on Extra this Friday
‘I am grateful for my past, for who I started this life as, for who I was, for who I am now, and for who I am becoming.
‘Tomorrow, I close this book of my life and begin a new one. My hope is that the last nine days of this countdown have helped you reflect on things not of material nature…but rather on the non-physical aspects of life that create what we call the human experience.
‘I hope along the way you have felt emotions that you have forgotten, felt the power of your heart energy, and have searched your soul for truths untold.
‘Tomorrow the ace drops. Tomorrow I start a new book of life,’ she went on. ‘Tomorrow, I invite you to share and celebrate this monumental moment with me.’
She touched on her role as a parent and a spouse in posts Tuesday and Wednesday, sharing photos with wife-of-18-years Priscilla and their daughter Mia, nine.
Tuft’s professional wrestling career spanned from 2007 to 2014, boasting appearances at Smackdown, Raw and Wrestlemania.
She created a fitness company called Body Spartan with wife Priscilla after retiring, which focuses on ‘positively transform the body, mind and spirit of men and women through targeted video workouts, nutritional programs and motivational sessions.’
Family: She touched on her role as a parent and a spouse in posts Tuesday and Wednesday, sharing photos with wife-of-18-years Priscilla and their daughter Mia, nine