Fans obsessed with Richard Simmons’s whereabouts might have hung out with the fitness guru – and not even known it! Amidst talks of health issues and alleged kidnappings, the reclusive Richard reportedly likes to hit the town while disguised as someone else.
Although it seems like he’s vanished completely from the face of the earth, Richard Simmons, 68, reportedly still enjoys a night on the town – so long as no one recognizes him. Richard has supposedly turned into quite the recluse, spending the last three years in his Hollywood Hills mansion, but sources tell TMZ that he still heads out to Los Angeles from time to time. However, no one would know it because the Sweatin’ To The Oldies superstar dons disguises!
Richard sometimes goes full on Master Of Disguise but TMZ claims that other times, he simply puts on a hat and street clothes to pull off the trick. As to where Richard hangs out, TMZ reports he sometimes heads to the Beverley Center, a shopping mall near his home. But because he’s in disguise, it’s not entirely possible to know where he goes. In fact, that person ordering that Citrus Sunrise smoothie in front of you could very well be the fitness icon!
Update: Or not! A rep for Richard denies the report, telling HollywoodLife.com that there’s “no truth to this” story at all. So, don’t start asking every person with a walking stick if they’re ready to shed some pounds to Chubby Checkers’ greatest hits. That would just be rude.
One clue to Richard’s secret identity might be his walking cane. Richard is dealing with a knee injury, according to TMZ, and while he’s gained some weight, his health is “totally normal.” This is great to hear, especially since he was hospitalized on April 17 with “severe indigestion.” Richard’s rep confirmed that he was okay, and was expected to make a full recovery.
Richard’s whereabouts became a huge concern when the normally outrageous personality had not made a major public appearance for over two years. There were reports claiming he was being held hostage by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, but Richard’s rep shot down those rumors. The police paid the exercise icon a visit and found that he was “perfectly fine.”
“After 40-some-odd years, he just wanted to rest,” Richard’s older brother, Lenny Simmons, told People magazine. “He’s 68 years old and he’s in good health, but he just wants time for himself.” It seems that he also wants to make a run to the mall without anyone recognizing him, too.
Would you don a disguise if you were a famous celebrity who just wanted to go to the mall, HollywoodLifers?