Richard Simmons Confirms He’s Not Transitioning from Male to Female

The fitness guru is speaking out against tabloid nonsense.

Richard Simmons denounced rumors claiming that he is undergoing a sex change while sending a message of compassion to the LGBT community in the wake of the tragic shooting in Orlando at Pulse nightclub via

“Some tabloids have recently falsely reported that I am transitioning,” wrote Simmons. “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.”

His representative recently denied these reports from the National Enquirer to Us Weekly.

Simmons was hospitalized on Friday, June 3 after suffering from a bout of dehydration. He resurfaced to the media earlier in the year after separate allegations claimed that he was held hostage by his housekeeper.

“I am not kidnapped, I am just in my house right now,” the pilates enthusiast told Savannah Guthrie. “No one should be worried about me. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.”