Richard Simmons, fitness, exercise, transitioning, female, woman, transgender, trans, woman
Richard Simmons, fitness, exercise, transitioning, female, woman, transgender, trans, woman

No, Richard Simmons Is Not Transitioning, You Gossipy Trolls

Some tabloids have recently falsely reported that I am transitioning. In response, I feel compelled to set the record straight and refute these lies. Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey. We should not lose focus on showing love, strength and compassion to all of the LGBT community during these tragic times. My broken heart and healing thoughts are with the people of Orlando and all other victims of prejudice, bigotry and hate.

— Comedian and fitness fanatic Richard Simmons dispelling rumors of his transition. The National Enquirer reported that he was transitioning into a woman after the 67-year-old celebrity entered the hospital in early June for what TMZ called “bizarre behavior”. In early March, rumors circulated that Simmons was being held hostage in his house by his housekeeper, a rumor which he called “very hurtful”. Such rumors will likely continue to circulate as he shuns the public eye.