Richard Simmons is now living as a woman and has been castrated, an explosive report has claimed.
The fitness guru is said to have undergone a secret sex change and is now going by the name Fiona.
According to the National Enquirer, the 67-year-old recluse has undergone breast implant surgery and hormone therapy over the course of two years.
Richard Simmons is now living as a woman and has been castrated, an explosive report by the National Enquirer has claimed
The 67-year-old fitness guru (right) is said to have undergone a secret sex change in the last two years and is now going by the name Fiona
The tabloid printed pictures of Simmons with long brunette hair, curves, make-up and a fur coat on their front page.
A friend told the publication: ‘[This is] not just in drag. This is Richard dressed as a softly spoken woman named Fiona!’
He is yet to make a public announcement confirming his new identity, but reports suggest he has left his home in the past few months as a woman.
The shocking claims come just days after Simmons was taken to hospital after suffering severe dehydration.
His longtime nanny and caretaker had called 911 on Friday after he was acting strangely at his Hollywood Hills mansion, it was reported.
He was released after getting extra fluids into his body.
On Monday he said he was ‘feeling great’ after his release.
Simmons has stayed hidden in his Hollywood mansion for months, choosing to keep away from the public eye
He has been out of the public eye for three years, with some reports claiming he was being held captive by his live-in housekeeper.
But Simmons responded to the report by explaining to Entertainment Tonight that this is ‘how I want to live my life right now.’
Housekeeper Teresa Reveles, 64, was accused of controlling Simmons using black magic, something the star was forced to deny in phone calls to two chat shows.
‘I am not kidnapped. I am just in my house right now,’ he insisted.
‘No one should be worried about me. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.’
Of Reveles, he added: ‘She’s been with me for 30 years. It’s almost like we’re a married couple.’