Shocking reports came out on June 8 that Richard Simmons’ hospitalization was because he is transitioning into a woman. On June 14, the legendary fitness guru took to Facebook to squash the rumors, and explain they’re all ‘lies’! However, he did have a message for the LGBT community. See it here!
Richard Simmons, 67, is an incredibly private person who has been out of the spotlight for years, but on June 14, he reached out to the public via Facebook to refute shocking reports that he is transitioning into a woman, and he did so with an incredibly powerful message. Read his full response, right here!
On June 8, the National Enquirer published a series of photos of Richard in various dresses and wigs, claiming that he’s been so private in recent years because he was transitioning into a woman. They began after an unexpected hospitalization for bizarre behavior got fans questioning what’s wrong with the fitness legend. Now, he’s responding to the shocking allegations, and he is not happy.
“Some tabloids have recently falsely reported that I am transitioning,” he began in a Facebook post on June 14. “In response, I feel compelled to set the record straight and refute these lies.” However, he did not let his anger at the rumors cloud his passion as an LGBT ally.
“Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey,” he continued. “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.”
What an amazing human being, turning his own traumatic misrepresentation into a platform to speak out on the rights of others! We couldn’t have more respect for him. You go, Richard!
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