When All Elite Wrestling was just getting started, a performer they looked to be building around was Kylie Rae, the “Smiley” indie wrestler from Chicago. She was one of four wrestlers in their first ever women’s match at their first official PPV, May 2019’s Double Or Nothing. Cody Rhodes was hyping her by taking playful jabs at WWE during interviews.
But then she missed a scheduled match at June’s Fyter Fest, and disappeared from their promotional efforts. President Tony Khan said she’d asked for her release and that the split was amicable. Kylie resumed taking independent bookings. But rumors swirled. Finally, Rae issued a statement designed, in part, to silence the worst gossip. In a November Instagram post, she wrote that nobody made her leave AEW. Instead, she said she “needed to get my mind, body, and soul right with God”.
Yesterday (Jan. 24), in a new Instagram, Kylie opened up more on what she’s been dealing with.
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Long post alert! This is a tough one: Here’s a non-edited picture of myself, no make-up, non-showered . But hey, I’m down 7 pounds! Aye let’s get vulnerable for a sec Mental illness is no joke y’all. On a real note, it’s been a rough time. Starving, then binging, gaining 15 pounds, excessive workouts, major depression, panic attacks, etc. I’ll spare all the details but one thing I’ve learned throughout this whole thing is: it’s okay to talk about it ☺️. Being able to open up with others and listen to stories, hearing, sharing knowledge, and learning how much others go through, as well as myself, along with different remedies on how to cope and overcome is one of my favorite parts about this life and has definitely helped me open up. Thank you to anyone and everyone who has helped along the way, and hopefully this can even help someone else in need. Not where I used to be, but better than I was. Feel free to drop different therapeutic remedies and self care techniques below ❤️ #StrivingForProgress #NotPerfection #MoreSelfLove
There’s not much to add. It’s awesome that she’s doing better, and that she’s taking steps to continue in a positive direction. As someone who deals with a few of the diagnoses and issues she describes here, I know it’s not comfortable or easy to open up. But it does help to remember you’re not alone, and you never know who might need to learn that they’re not, either.
Thanks, Kylie Rae. Keep up the hard work. It’s worth it.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with or has questions about mental illness, you can find more information and resources here.