Former WWE wrestler Tyler Reks has come out this week as transgender Gabbi Tuft in a press release, proclaiming “I love myself for WHO I am.”
The press release called her personal journey from male to female a “thrilling story of gender transitioning.” The 42-year-old, who wrestled professionally from 2007 to 2014, is the first former or current WWE star to reveal such a gender change.
Tuft came to fame in the late 2000s and early 2010s as Tyler Reks (also known as Gabe) in the ring. During that time, she stood 6’5” and weighed 246 pounds. She retired in 2014 to spend more time with her family and has come out as a transgender woman during an incredible and highly controversial time in political history.
In an interview with Extra, she claimed that she used to sneak into her mother’s closet when she was 10-years-old and try on her clothes and said, “it just felt right.” But then she said she just suppressed it… until now.
“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 press release read that came out Thursday.
“She has been finally set free and is ready to rule her world,” the statement added.
The transition was also revealed on Instagram a day earlier to her fans. Tuft posted current pictures sitting next to an old photo of herself during her wrestling days.
Tuft’s announcement comes at an interesting time. Biden’s controversial new executive order has come under fire because it ostensibly allows biological males to take part in sporting events that are designated for girls. That is seen as violating the rights of female athletes.
Of course, there is no indication that the former wrestler intends to take the sport up again, but what if she did? Would that be fair? Considering her size and strength, it would definitely be an issue for female athletes.
Even Biden Education nominee had trouble answering if the new EO was fair-play for female athletes when grilled by Senator Rand Paul.
As for Tuft, she is living life “Unashamed, unabashedly me,” according to her Instagram account. “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 wrote.
“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.”
On Feb. 4, Tuft posted to Instagram, “When you are ready to show all of your cards, there will be nothing left to fear. Time’s up. I am no longer afraid. Fear has been replaced with the highest vibrational state of gratitude.”
“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,” she added.
“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,” she concluded.
One aspect of the transformation is Tuft’s relationship with her wife Priscilla, who is reportedly not sexually attracted to women. They have apparently put their intimate relationship on hold at this point, as Tuft explained they “aren’t active” in that area of their private life. They have been married since 2002.
Tuft has created her own fitness company with her wife called “Body Spartan.” They also have a nine-year-old daughter named Mia.
As with other transgenders, the process has reportedly been very rough for Tuft. She claims that the last eight months have been very dark for her. But with her family’s support and help, she has gotten through it and now embraces her new life.
“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,” Tuft declared. “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.”
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