Ex- WWE star, Tyler Reks has come out as transgender. Reks, who retired from the ring in 2014 will now be known as Gabbi Tuft.
She revealed that she has been through some of the “darkest” months of her life and implied she has been suicidal at times, but she is now confident in who she is.
In a lengthy statement, the 42 year old captioned on her social media accounts: “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.”
Gabbi went on to thank her wife Priscilla – with whom she has nine-year-old daughter Mia – and her other friends and family for their support and acceptance.
She wrote : “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.
“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.”
The former wrestler retired from the ring in 2014 after six years with WWE