Former WWE star Gabbi Tuft has come out as a transgender woman [Photo: Courtesy]

Former WWE star Gabbi Tuft has come out as a transgender woman. The wrestler, who uses the name Tyler Reks in the ring, shared the news in a press release on Thursday, before speaking more openly about her transition on her Instagram account.

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She also shared a picture of herself posing with a framed photo of her working out in the gym behind her. Gabi, 42, showed off her long silver hair and donned a red top with a pair of blue jeans as she smiled for the camera.

The release said: "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." It continued: "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.'"

Gabbi then shared her pride at coming out on her Instagram page. She wrote: "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.”

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Gabbi added: “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. 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 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."