Gabbi Tuft is feeling like a true champion.
The retired WWE wrestler opened up about her life since coming out as transgender in 2021, sharing that "every morning I wake up, I choose happy, and I align myself and everything around me with things that bring me joy and gratefulness."
"I don't expect anyone to ever accept my journey, to change their views, to change their mind on how they feel about the transgender community," Gabbi said on the Nov. 13 episode of Tamron Hall. "My purpose here is to be transparent about my journey."
And one of the major joys she's found is the support she's received from ex Priscilla Tuft—with whom she remains "the best of friends" amid their amicable divorce—and their 12-year-old daughter Mia. According to Gabbi, her daughter demonstrated a great sense of thoughtfulness during the early days of her transition.
"She asked early on, 'What do I call you?'" the 45-year-old recalled to host Tamron Hall, recounting how she told Mia that "you can call me dad, you can call me mom, you can call me whatever you want."
Mia chose to keep calling her dad, a title that Gabbi noted "doesn't bother me because it makes her feel comfortable."
The fitness trainer is also unfazed by other people's opinions about her appearance. Though she lost clients after coming out, Gabbi said she "could never be upset" with them because she would rather focus her energy on living her best and authentic life.
"I know what I am," she shared. "I am a trans woman. I wasn't born a woman. I have big hands. I have big feet. I can't change that and I'm OK with that because I love who I am on the inside."
For more stars sharing their transition journeys, keep reading.