Thursday, April 20, 2017

Richard Simmons Speaks



Richard Simmons has released his first statement in more than a year, speaking about his recent hospitalization in a message sent to People magazine.

“Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me. Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well by now you know that I’m not ‘missing,’ just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days,” Simmons stated.

Simmons’ statement referenced the popular podcast, “Missing Richard Simmons,” which was put together by his one-time friend Dan Taberski and explored the fitness superstar’s decision to vanish from public life.

Simmons has not been seen in public since 2014. He last spoke out in March 2016 in a call to the “Today” show.

He addressed reports that he was recently hospitalize for severe indigestion.

“This has reminded me that when you need help you can’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it. We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it’s just bigger than we are,” he stated on Wednesday.

“I reached out and I hope you will too. I’m sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face. Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!”

Sounds like something Richard would say.

13 comments:

Do Tell said...

He looks like he's dropped too much weight. Hope he is healthy.

Simon said...

That's not a recent picture. Rumors are he's gained a lot of weight, but who knows!

dianavonthirstybird said...

This morning I read that the police escorted him from the hospital to his home. He hid under a blanket. Two things come to mind: Staying in his home for so long has resulted in a big weight gain and he doesn't want his followers to see him. Or, he did go through some kind of transitioning surgery. Whatever floats your boat, Richard. As long as YOU are happy!

Salaam said...

Did anyone else thinj "Missing Richard Simmons" started out fantastic, and then limped to the finish line? As good as the initial few episodes were, by 5 I thought it had lost its way, and by 6 I was bored.

Laura Palmer said...

covering his boob job.

Guesser said...

He had knee surgery that turned out badly,and it's not unusual for someone to gain weight quickly if they have to stop exercising.

almondjoy said...

Age is not kind to anyone---and being that he was such a huge advocate for fitness for so long I can see this being the reason he has decided to stay out of the public eye.

... said...

There was a blind awhile back about him being dumped by some younger guy who basically used & threatened to out him, and he was heartbroken, hence being housebound for so long.

Sd auntie said...

Good wishes for Richard!! Hope you return to the spotlight and you have a full recovery!!!

AyyPapi said...

It's Bruce Jenner all over again.

Mishka said...

I love him. He is so sweet.

Walter said...

Hey Fatty Simmons, come on out and say hello to your fans, no one cares that you are now a fat queen. We still love you, you silly queer

Scandi Sanskrit said...

That photo is fucking epic... The look on his face! LMAO!