Richard Simmons’ publicist has denied claims the fitness guru is living as a woman after undergoing a secret sex change.
The 67-year-old’s publicist Tom Estey told Daily Mail Online: ‘This is cr**’, after the National Enquirer published claims he had gone through a series of invasive surgeries and is now going by the name Fiona.
The tabloid reported that the 67-year-old recluse has undergone breast implant surgery and hormone therapy over the course of two years.
They also reported that he had been to seen a medical consultant about castration during his self-imposed exile inside his Hollywood mansion and printed pictures of him cross-dressing on a ‘girls’ nights out’.
But Estey pointed to photos of Simmons taken this week showing him sporting a beard.
The tabloid printed pictures of Simmons with long brunette hair, curves, make-up and a fur coat on their front page.
They also claim he has had medical consultations on castration.
Simmons has not made any public comments about the story, but in an email to Daily Mail Online, Estey said: ‘This is cr** but thanks!’
He then pointed out that Simmons had been seen sporting a beard in photos taken after he was released from hospital earlier this week.
A friend told the publication: ‘[This is] not just in drag. This is Richard dressed as a softly spoken woman named Fiona!
‘He had a boob job, and his breasts are like he had been taking hormones to make them grow.
‘He had huge mood swings, too, which we attributed to hormone therapy.’
Another source told the Enquirer he is considering have a ‘vagina built by doctors’. They also said that Simmons ‘never really felt comfortable being a man.’
‘He felt he was a woman trapped in a man’s body,’ they added.
The weight loss expert 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.
He has been hiding behind the walls of his $5 million mansion since 2013. His last official public appearance was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in November of that year.
A friend told the tabloid Simmons has been enjoying ‘girls’ nights out’ after supposedly revealing her new identity on a Miami hotel balcony, before he decided to go into hiding.
They also claimed that Simmons has been out in Buenos Aires and Venice, Italy, dressed as a woman.
The friend told the magazine that while abroad he would check in to hotels and restaurants under his real name, Milton, to make sure no one realized he was there.
Describing a dinner in the Argentine capital in 2013, they said: ‘Richard behaved and spoke as a woman the whole evening.
‘He was wearing a rainbow-colored wig, was very softly spoken and had all the mannerisms of a woman.
‘He appeared to be totally natural and comfortable as a woman. I was quite shocked and surprised, but to Richard and his manager, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world.’
The Enquirer did suggest not everyone was happy with the alleged transformation.
A source told them his brother Leonard feels a sex change conflicts with their Catholic upbringing.
None of Simmons’ family members have publicly come forward to discus the sex change claims.
This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.