Richard Simmons Breaks His Silence About Rumors of Becoming a Woman

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 13:  Fitness expert Richard Simmons hosts his weekly radio show on Sirius Satelitte Radio alongside his 60th birthday at the Slimmons Studios on July 13, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Richard Simmons Breaks His Silence About Rumors of Becoming a Woman

The fitness legend has vanished from the public eye.

Published June 8, 2016

News broke this morning that infamous fitness guru, Richard Simmons, was transitioning into a woman. Now that the story has gone viral, he is breaking his silence, claiming the story is false via a rep.

According to TMZ, his rep called the story, originally posted by the National Enquirer, "absolute madness and not true."

The tabloid magazine had reported that Simmons received breast implants and hormone treatments over the last two years to assist in his transition into a woman. The story says he is now "a softly spoken woman named Fiona."

Three years ago, Simmons went into solitude, shutting out all friends and family, claiming he wanted a break from the spotlight, which has sparked tons of questions about his health and quality of life.

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Written by John Justice

(Photos from top: Michael Buckner/Getty Images; National Enquirer, June 20, 2016)


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