Richard Simmons BREAKS SILENCE: Reclusive fitness guru is ‘happy’ on 75th birthday as rep gives VERY rare statement after years out of the spotlight — sparking rumors he was held hostage by his housekeeper
- Simmons has made no public appearances since 2014
- The workout star was the subject of conspiracy theories about disappearance
- He said in 2022 via a rep that he’s fine and ‘living the life he has chosen to live’
Richard Simmons made an extremely rare public statement on Thursday to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Although he didn’t share a personal message with the public and his fans, he did allow his representative to speak on his behalf.
‘This is a big milestone. I just want to see him happy, which he is,’ said his rep Tom Estey about the special occasion to ET.
It is a rare form of communication from the former fitness guru, who has largely hidden from the public eye since 2014.
His abandonment of the spotlight shocked many friends and admirers at the time, and even generated an investigative podcast, documentaries and half-baked claims that his housekeeper was holding him hostage.
Checking in: Richard Simmons, who has largely hidden from the public eye, issued a rare statement on Thursday to celebrate turning 75; seen in October 2013 in NYC
Update: ‘This is a big milestone. I just want to see him happy, which he is,’ said his rep Tom Estey about the special occasion to ET; pictured in 1992 in Los Angeles
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