Last night Brandi Rhodes announced that she had parted ways with WWE and the company confirmed that they granted her request to release her. Brandi posted a new blog on her site and she said that she can’t be Eden anymore and she also explained her reasons for leaving.

She says that she has been wanting to move on to other projects for the past few months and when her husband Cody Rhodes left it just seemed like the right time for her to leave as well. Brandi thanked everyone in the WWE locker room and she thanked John Laurinaitis for discovering her and Michael Cole for helping her throughout her career. You can read her full blog here along with a few excerpts below.

“So…honestly? I’ve been “leaving” for a couple of months now. The teasing tweets about the LA and NY things? Those were all very real. I have wanted to go for awhile and when I make up my mind, it’s difficult to talk me out of it. What I wanted to do was finish out my contract. It was set to end in 2 months. When my husband decided to go, it seemed silly to stay somewhere for 2 more months that I was already planning on leaving. So I asked WWE if we could push up the contract end date and they obliged. We parted amicably at the end of a contract. I have come full circle. The flexibility of my new gig is pretty nice. I essentially could start whenever I wanted…and I’ll begin in July. Right now I’m just going to be enjoying my life with my family as we head into the next stage.

But…still working. In entertainment we are always working. This is actually work right now. I am now able to earn a profit as a blogger (which I wasn’t able to do before with WWE). The contract can be very restricting/limiting. I hate when a good deal floats by because someone tells me I can’t do something. There’s money on the table and fun to be had, and I just can’t?! Just because?! That just gets my goat. I can’t be limited. I followed all of the rules growing up. Now in my 30s I can’t be told what to do anymore. I’m too creative and awesomely weird to hold that s–t in. So anyway, I’m working. The blog, traveling for meetings. I can do multiple gigs now so I’m blood thirsty and want to do everything! I’m going “hard in the paint” as they say, and busting my tail.

“Before you can read me you’ve got to learn how to see me.” What does that mean to Brandi? It means I can’t be Eden anymore. I admire my mother. She’s a hard working, smart, smart woman who never got a break. She has so many skills and creative ideas, but they never got to be appreciated. This one is partially for her. I’ve got a hell of a body of work, as Dusty would say, and I cannot waste it. I cannot look back one day and say…I had all of this talent and ambition and I stood in the corner of a ring in the back, when I knew I could be in the front. I’m going up front guys.”