Richard Simmons shares rare message after documentary release

Richard Simmons shares rare message after documentary release

Richard Simmons took to social media Thursday to thank his fans with his first personal message after an extended absence.

“Thank you, everyone, for your kindness and love! . Love, Richard,” Simmons, 74, captioned a picture of a smiling face emoji holding up a “thank you” banner shared to Facebook.

Richard Simmons Facebook post.
Simmons thanked fans for their support via Facebook.
Richard Simmons Facebook.

The note follows the release of “TMZ Investigates: What Really Happened to Richard Simmons” on FOX and Hulu, a documentary that covers much of his life and career as a fitness pro, as well as his disappearance from public life around 2014.

Sources tell TMZ that Simmons was pleased and “extremely moved by the reaction of thousands of his fans who had sent well wishes,” after its airing.

Fitness expert Richard Simmons.
Richard Simmons is sending a big thank you to supportive fans following the release of a documentary about his life.

Followers continued to encourage Simmons via his comment section, with one fan writing, “I’m so proud of you for taking time for yourself. You’ve given so much of yourself to the world, and now it’s your time. Good for you 😍 Thank you for blessing and inspiring me so richly 😘.”

Another supporter of the ’80s icon added, “You have been such a wonderful human, with so much compassion and care for so many people. The world loves you. I hope you are enjoying your time to yourself now, and have everything you could ever want, because you deserve that.”

Richard Simmons
Simmons reportedly withdrew himself from the public eye due to a painful birth defect in his foot.
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Despite various rumors that Simmons was being held hostage by his housekeeper and that he was undergoing gender reassignment surgery, the new doc indicates that a lifelong birth defect in one of his feet was the reason Simmons withdrew from the spotlight.

“Something that happened to him at birth is directly connected to his disappearance — a birth defect that significantly affected one of his legs,” TMZ managing editor Fabian Garcia declared in the doc. “He was born without a full set of bones in his foot and it causes physical and emotional problems.”


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