20 Apr 2017 02:28 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Richard Simmons (Image Source: Screenshot)
You have to feel a little sorry for Richard Simmons—the guy just wants to be left alone and said he's dealing with knee problems.
He has the LAPD making wellness checks, assorted friends popping in to make sure he's not being held against his will by his housekeeper, and a podcast whose only goal it is to figure out why he disappeared from the public eye.
And now when the 68-year-old finally had a moment's peace, he had to leave his home anyway to go to a hospital because he's dealing with severe indigestion.
Simmons "was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California," said his rep Michael Catalano. "After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment."
With that event happening just a few days ago, Catalano adds that his client is "already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery."
This may just fuel the fire of those who are insisting there has to be another reason for Simmons' self-imposed exile. The fitness guru always seemed so warm and friendly that no one can figure out why he would now prefer to be just left alone.
While the rumor has persisted that he is being held in his home against his will by his longtime housekeeper, there have also been nagging rumors that he is in the process of transitioning into a woman, a claim that has been denied.
But with everyone wanting to know what's truly going on with Simmons, what could become very interesting is how he returns to his home. There is bound to be paparazzi waiting to get a snap of him now that they know he is finally out. He'll need to literally make an escape from the hospital.
In the meantime, Simmons has posted a message to his Facebook page, finally speaking out about his current condition. Read his entire post below:
Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me.
Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well by now you know that I’m not “missing”, just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.
This has reminded me that when you need help you can’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it. We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it’s just bigger than we are.
I reached out and I hope you will too. I’m sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face.
Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!
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