Richard Simmons rep denies fitness guru is transitioning into a woman
A tabloid report made waves on Wednesday with claims Richard Simmons’ recent self-imposed withdrawal from the public eye is because he has transitioned into a woman, but a rep for the fitness guru told FOX411 the report is bogus.
“Not true and a complete fabrication,” Simmons' publicist said of the claims.
The National Enquirer’s cover featured a photo they claimed showed Simmons wearing women’s clothes. The report also claimed he goes by the name Fiona.
Simmons was hospitalized over the weekend for what the fitness guru said was exhaustion. On Tuesday, TMZ published grainy paparazzi pics of someone they said was Simmons leaving the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles sporting a full beard.
FOX411 reached out to Simmons’ camp earlier this week after he was hospitalized and his rep said Simmons was “just fine” and had been released from the hospital on Saturday.
Simmons, 67, has not been seen in public in over two years. After reports surfaced that he was being held in his home against his will earlier this year, Simmons told Entertainment Tonight "I am not kidnapped. I am just in my house right now," adding "no one should be worried about me. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me."