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Transgender former WWE star Gabbi Tuft says she ‘faced a massive fear of coming out’

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Gabbi Tuft faced a lot of fear coming out as transgender — and that’s exactly why she’s so open about her journey.   

“There was so much emotional trauma I went through. I faced a massive fear of coming out,” the 42-year-old tells Yahoo during Pride Evolution, a one-hour livestream. “My business, Body Spartan, is a 90 percent male demographic, and I was what you would think of as the epitome of the ‘alpha male’ when I was male. So to go from one end of the spectrum to the soft, delicate female, I was so scared I was going to lose everything.”

More than anyone, Tuft feared the response from her loved ones, including her wife of nearly 20 years, Priscilla.

“My family, my wife, my daughter, my friends — [I thought] they were all going to reject me,” Tuft explains. “I had many, many many dark nights where I contemplated suicide, and I was very, very close to pulling the trigger many times.”

Tuft’s experience struggling with mental health isn’t uncommon, particularly for transgender individuals. According to the Trevor Project, a national study found that 40 percent of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt with 25 percent of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.

Luckily, “fans and family were completely supportive from the start,” Tuft shares, noting “my wife loves me for who I am, and she’s the same woman that loved me when I was a man. My daughter fully accepts me, and she supports me.” But it’s also the way she feels about herself that has profoundly changed, declaring that she has “never felt so free my entire life” and that her entire perspective on the world around her has changed.

Now happy, healthy, and chronicling her experience through the Digital Gabbi Transformation Project, Tuft wants to use her position as a prominent figure in the transgender community to help others. 

“Knowing what I went through, there are other people out there, whether you’re transgender, male or female, or somewhere in between, I don’t ever want anyone to have to deal with that,” says Tuft. “We should live in a society where instead of a transgender person being fearful of coming out, it should be celebrated.”

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Millie Bobby Brown, 17, Holds Hands With Jon Bon Jovi’s Son Jake Bongiovi, 19, In 1st New Couple Pics

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Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi were spotted staying close while walking around New York in stylish summer outfits this week.

It looks like Millie Bobby Brown, 17, and Jake Bongiovi, 19, could be the cutest new young couple in Hollywood! The actress and the son of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, 59, were photographed keeping each other close by holding hands during a New York stroll on June 17 and it was sweet to see. She was wearing a short-sleeved white top and long light pink skirt while enjoying the fresh air under the sun while he wore a short-sleeved tan button-down top that had a palm tree embroidered on one front side of it and matching shorts with blue stripes. Check out the pics HERE!

Billie paired her outfit with floral flat shoes with a strap in the middle as well as a dark brown face mask and a necklace while Jake went with white socks and sneakers. The talented British star had her brown locks clipped back and had sunglasses resting on top of her head while her reported new beau also rocked sunglasses. They also both took turns holding a blue tote bag that had an adorable puppy in it over their shoulder.

Millie Bobby Brown, who is reportedly dating Jon Bon Jovi’s son Jake Bongiovi, is best known for her role on ‘Stranger Things.’ (Shutterstock)

Before Millie and Jake’s latest outing, there were rumors going around about a new romance between them but this is the first time they’ve been publicly seen together. Since they’ve both grown up in the spotlight, we can definitely understand how they would develop a romance. Millie, of course, is best known for her work in television and film, most noticeably as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things, and Jake is the second-youngest of his dad, who is best known for his band Bon Jovi, and his mom Dorothea.

When Millie’s not enjoying time out with the hunky Jake, she’s working hard in her role as Eleven. The highly successful show is set to premiere its fourth season and a mannequin of Eleven was recently spotted being hauled out on a stretcher during filming in Georgia, according to Page Six.

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Millie Bobby Brown shows off a gorgeous look at a previous event. (Shutterstock)

Netflix has yet to announce the release date of the fourth season but in Apr., Millie’s co-star Finn Wolfhard said told fans it “should be out sometime next year” hopefully.


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Everything We Know About Kohl’s 2-Day Wow Deals Event – E! Online

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We independently selected these deals and products because we love them, and we think you might like them at these prices. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a commission if you purchase something through our links. Items are sold by the retailer, not E!.

E! shoppers, are you ready to score major savings at Kohl’s?

Starting 6/21 through 6/22, Kohl’s is offering deep discounts and savings on home, toys, beauty, apparel and more! During the 2-day Wow Deals event, the retailer will be dropping new deals each day online and in stores. But you don’t have to wait until Monday to save big, the deals have already started!

In addition to the daily deals, Kohl’s customers can earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent on purchases during WOW Deals, which can then be used to save on future Kohl’s purchases. Even better, Kohl’s Card customers can save an additional 15% off exclusive offers on top of the savings event promotions.

From celeb-loved apparel collections from Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Russell and Ciara Wilson and Lauren Conrad to deals on kitchen appliances and home essentials, we rounded up the best deals that are already live! Even better, you can pick up your orders at a Kohl’s store near you!

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