Richard Simmons "Sets the Record Straight" on Transitioning Rumors
"I feel compelled to set the record straight and refute these lies."
Fitness guru Richard Simmons on Tuesday turned to Facebook to put an end to rumors that he is in the process of transitioning.
Last week, The National Enquirer published a story saying that Simmons had a "shocking sex swap surgery to change from a man to a woman" and was living under the name Fiona.
In his Facebook post, Simmons denied the report, saying, "Some tabloids have recently falsely reported that I am transitioning. In response, I feel compelled to set the record straight and refute these lies."
He went on to add a message of solidarity with the LGBTQ community and the victims of Sunday's Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre. "We should not lose focus on showing love, strength and compassion to all of the LGBT community during these tragic times," Simmons posted. "My broken heart and healing thoughts are with the people of Orlando and all other victims of prejudice, bigotry and hate."
Simmons' rep Thomas Estey spoke out about the rumors as well, last week telling The Hollywood Reporter that "the story is a complete fabrication and not true."
See Simmons' Facebook post below.