Richard Simmons has always been quirky but when reports surfaced that the fitness guru had been admitted to hospital due to ‘bizarre behaviour’ rumours began to swirl.
The latest of which is that Simmons hospital visit and reclusive lifestyle is due to the fact that he is transitioning from male to female.
The National Enquirer made headlines with their cover today, claiming a photo of the 67-year-old with long brunette locks and scantily clad attire was legit.
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The claims suggest Simmons was transitioning to be a woman named Fiona and was set to undergo breast augmentation and hormone therapy treatment.
But Simmons’ publicist has hit back at claims, saying they are absolutely false.
“Not true and a complete fabrication,” they reportedly told Fox News.
Another rep for the fitness guru, Tom Estey, spoke to US Magazine to clear things up further.
“It’s not true,” Estey said.
“He is not transitioning into a woman. He has decided to live quietly the last few years.
“[He 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.”
Meanwhile, the man himself has taken to Facebook and Twitter to thank all his fans for sending their well wishes while he was in hospital.