Nothing to see here, people!!
Amid speculation about Richard Simmons‘ health and previous rumors he was kidnapped and being held hostage by his housekeeper, those closest to the health guru are saying the conspiracies just aren’t true!
Echoing his previous sentiments, the 68-year-old’s big brother Lenny Simmons opened up to People to shut down all the talk. He explained:
“My brother is fine. He’s not sick. There’s nothing medically wrong with him at all. My wife Cathy and I were out there for Christmas and spent five days with him. These things about him transitioning to a woman are ridiculous. My wife Cathy and I were out there for Christmas and spent five days with him and I can assure you, he’s not transitioning into anything but himself.”
In fact, he states Richard is just looking for a break from being in the spotlight:
“After 40-some odd years, he just decided that he wants to rest. He’s 68 years old now and he’s in good health, but he just wants time for himself.”
Even his spokesman Tommy Estey defended the star’s vacation:
“He’s helped millions of people lose millions of pounds. And for 40 years, he took care of everyone but himself.”
Simmons’ manager Michael Catalano hasn’t been quiet amid all the talk either. Following his appearance on the popular podcast Missing Richard Simmons, he explained he’s been in touch with Richard about the rumors:
“I said to him the other day, ├óΓé¼╦£There are people that think you are a very overweight, depressed woman.’ And he laughed. He just laughed.”
But that doesn’t mean the speculation about him transitioning didn’t have any affect on the fitness star:
“That was absolutely untrue, hurtful, and very, very damaging to Richard personally. He’s very aware of what’s happening, you know, but it’s tough.It was always about everybody else first, and I think this is a little bit reflection time. It doesn’t mean he’s done, but for now, he’s enjoying the time away from the public.”
In fact, Michael continued:
“He looks great, he’s trim and he has a beard, salt and pepper. He’s in excellent health, as far as I know.”
As long as Richard is happy and healthy, that’s all fans should be concerned about!
Although, the celeb’s longtime assistant Elijah Jones is missing him as he only receives updates from housekeeper Teresa Reveles:
“I want my friend back in my life the way he used to be. He has just decided to go into a self-delegated seclusion. And if that’s what he wants to do, it’s not for me to judge.”
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