Richard Simmons' publicist: National Enquirer sex change story "absolute madness and not true"

The Simmons camp is firing back at the tabloid mag after it alleged the fitness maven was transitioning

By Brendan Gauthier

Published June 8, 2016 6:21PM (EDT)

   (AP/Todd Williamson)
(AP/Todd Williamson)

Richard Simmons is denying claims made in Wednesday's National Enquirer that he's transitioning from male to female, according to a new TMZ report.

The Enquirer report cited "a close friend of the exercise guru," who alleged, "Like [Caitlyn] Jenner, Simmons has opted for breast implant surgery, hormone therapy, and a host of other invasive changes to create the transformation."

"The magazine said he’s secretly been venturing out of his Hollywood Hills home dressed as a woman for months," according to gossip site

In response, Simmons' publicist told TMZ that the Enquirer's claims were "absolute madness and not true."

TMZ corroborated the rebuttal with a snapshot of a bearded Simmons leaving Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday.

TMZ had earlier reported Simmons had been hospitalized for dehydration after his housekeeper told 911 dispatchers he was "exhibiting bizarre conduct."

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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