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Richard Simmons Breaks His Silence to Refute 'Lies' That He's Transitioning to a Female


Fitness guru Richard Simmons has set the record straight on an explosive report that he's transitioning to a woman.

Following last week’s National Enquirer cover story that claimed Simmons was living a life as a woman, the Sweatin’ to the Oldies host took to Facebook to refute the tale.

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“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 wrote. “Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey. We should not lose focus on showing love, strength and compassion to all of the LGBT community during these tragic times.”

Simmons ended the post with a poignant reference to the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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“My broken heart and healing thoughts are with the people of Orlando and all other victims of prejudice, bigotry and hate,” he wrote.

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