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Richard Simmons Speaks to Fans for First Time in Three Years (Statement)

Richard Simmons has not been seen publicly since February of 2014, and for the first time in years, he’s speaking directly to his fan.

The 68-year-old fitness guru has faced tons of rumors over the years concerning his whereabouts. Some of the rumors include that he’s transitioning, that he’s being held hostage, and more.

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Richard released a statement to People today.

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Richard Simmons Hospitalized for Stomach Issues

Richard Simmons was taken to the hospital for stomach issues, ABC News reports.

“Richard Simmons was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California. After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment,” his rep said in a statement. “He’s already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Richard‘s life has been subject to much public interest and controversy after friends have reported him missing for months and months. A podcast was even dedicated to his whereabouts. Richard‘s rep has repeatedly denied he is missing.

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Where Is Richard Simmons? His Brother Responds to Transitioning Rumors

Richard Simmons has not been seen in public in years, and his brother, Lenny Simmons, is coming to his defense against rumors that have been circulating.

“My brother is fine,” Lenny, 70, told People of his 68-year-old brother. “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. “He’s not sick. There’s nothing medically wrong with him at all. 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.”

“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,” Lenny continued.

There has been public concern for Richard over the years after some of his friends have come forward to claim they haven’t haven’t been able to see him in years. A podcast, Missing Richard Simmons, has shed light on where he is, though his rep has slammed the recordings as ridiculous.

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Richard Simmons' Rep Slams Podcast & Ongoing Rumors: It's 'Absolute Madness'

Richard Simmons‘ rep is slamming the podcast Missing Richard Simmons again after rumors keep surfacing about where his client is and why he’s been missing since February 2014.

“We did not cooperate, we did not collaborate, we did not approve, we have nothing to do with this podcast,” Richard‘s rep Tom Estey said to People.

A recent episode of Missing Richard Simmons contains an interview with Richard‘s friend and former massuse Mauro Oliveira, who said that Richard is being held hostage by his housekeeper Teresa Reveles.

“That is absolute, absolute madness. Absolutely not true. And you know what? It’s unfortunate that people have to lie to get ratings for a podcast,” Tom continued.

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