June 9, 2016
Richard Simmons Transitioning Into A Woman? Rep Denies Bizarre Claim

Richard Simmons isn't transitioning after his hospital stay. In another bizarre twist in the life of Richard Simmons, it was rumored following his surprise hospital stay that he would be transitioning into a woman named Fiona.

Now, we've learned that this rumor is simply not true. According to the weight loss guru's rep, Simmons has no plans to become a woman, and adds that Simmons' privacy should be respected.

"It's not true. He is not transitioning into a woman. He has decided to live quietly the last few years," said Simmons' rep.

Despite living a quiet life, Simmons' rep said that the star is "still on Twitter and Facebook and works behind the scenes continuing to inspire and motivate people to lose weight. When he decides to come back, he will come back."

The 67-year-old was said to be hospitalized for experiencing bizarre behavior, but according to his rep, he was doing "fine" upon release. That said, Richard's rep did say that he had a knee surgery a few years ago, but we don't know if that's connected to his recent stay.

Following his release, the elusive figure released a statement to address worries:

"Thank you to everyone who has reached out with love and concern after hearing I was in the hospital. I was dehydrated and needed some fluids and now I am feeling great! Summer is here — drink plenty of liquids. Big hugs and kisses for caring."

This is just one incident in a series of odd news stories that have been circulating about Simmons' life. Aside from his recent hospitalization, there was a rumor that Simmons was being held in his house against his will.

A few months ago, Simmons' friend reached out to New York Daily News to report that housekeeper Teresa Reveles was holding Simmons against his will, and said housekeeper studied black magic. Back then, it was stated that Simmons' brother, Lenny, and his manager, Mr. Catalano, were teamed up with the housekeeper for nefarious intentions.

"I think tormented is the best word to describe [Richard Simmons'] mental state. I think it was (caused by) black magic, witchcraft. That's not close to your culture, but to my culture in Brazil, and to Mexicans that is a real thing. They invoke the spirits. They light black candles, and red and blue candles. I've never participated. I only saw from a distance."

Reveles denies these claims, and formal charges were never brought down on the housekeeper. That said, police did do a welfare check and nothing indicated that he was in trouble.

When this story broke, the last time Richard Simmons was seen in public was back in 2013, where he attended a holiday concert. After the story came out, he made a public appearance to tell everyone that he was fine.

At the time he said, "I am not kidnapped. I am just in my house right now. No one should be worried about me. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me."

Of the knee injury, Richard said the following.

"I love all the people who worry about me. But it was time for me to take some time to be by myself. For the last 40 years I have been traveling, teaching classes, and I had a knee injury, so I had a knee replacement, which was very difficult for me … I have really just been taking it easy, staying at home, working out in my gym and doing the things I haven't done in a very long time."

As of right now, aside from dehydration, it's unknown why Richard Simmons was hospitalized as no one in his camp has shed any light on the stay.

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