Rachel Gomber bravely opened up about her life before meeting Colorado Rockies pitcher Austin Gomber recently.
The popular MLB wife has over 326,000 followers on her TikTok account, where she shares an inside look into her life with Austin and their two kids, Beckham and Charlie. On Sunday, the 25-year-old disclosed that she had been in an abusive relationship when she was only 20 years old.
“At 21, I got out of an abusive relationship,” Gomber wrote. “A few weeks later a cute baseball player DM’d me and we became inseparable. In 2018, he made his MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals! Later that year we found out we were expecting and got engaged!”
Gomber posted the original message Austin sent to her on Instagram.
“I don’t know who you are but my goodness would I like to change that,” the rising Rockies pitcher wrote on July 3, 2017.
Gomber hasn’t shared anything else about her prior abusive relationship. However, she has responded to dozens of comments from domestic abuse survivors thanking her for her vulnerability.
A comment on the video read, “Oh my goodness needed to hear this,” to which Gomber replied, “That’s why I posted it. Stay strong girl.” Another user wrote, “Thank you for making this and showing it gets better with time.” Gomber responded, “That means the world to me!! I promise it’ll come!! No matter what you’re going through, it WILL get better.”
Austin and Rachel welcomed their second son Charlie on Aug. 17. Charlie attended his first MLB game just a few weeks later, on Sep. 5. Austin and Rachel will celebrate their second wedding anniversary on Dec. 28.
Austin spent two seasons with the Cardinals before being traded to the Rockies this offseason. The lefty went 9-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 23 starts in Colorado.
Gomber’s video follows the viral TikTok trend inspired by Sarah Cothran’s cover of MIKA’s song “Grace Kelly” in which users share an emotional story about overcoming a dark time. The intention is to support others on the app who are struggling. Gomber has previously mentioned her struggle with anxiety on her social media.