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Claims that Richard Simmons is undergoing surgery and hormone therapy to become a transgender woman are a “complete fabrication,” according to the celebrity fitness trainer’s press officer.
The rumor that Simmons was transitioning into a woman named Fiona originated Wednesday from the National Enquirer — the same outfit that claimed Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was in cahoots with JFK’s assassin.
The supermarket tabloid reported:
After nearly 1,000 days in hiding and a sudden hospitalization, The National ENQUIRER can now reveal the bombshell reason why Richard Simmons is no longer the man his fans used to know: He’s changed into a woman!
In an explosive world exclusive, The ENQUIRER can now reveal jaw-dropping never-before-seen photos of Simmons draped in furs and lingerie, living as a woman behind the walls of his Hollywood Hills mansion!
And the National Enquirer quoted an unnamed source who claimed to be a Simmons friend as saying, “[This is] not just Richard Simmons in drag. This is Richard dressed as a softly spoken woman named Fiona!”
Just as the Enquirer published a photo purporting to show Rafael Cruz walking on the streets of Havana with Lee Harvey Oswald. That claim was also discredited.
After the story came out, Gossip Cop reached out to Simmons’ publicist, who said unequivocally that the claim that the flamboyant TV personality is “now a woman” is “complete fabrication” and simply “not true.”
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H/T: IJ Review