Richard Simmons breaks silence, tells The Post he's 'living the life he chose'

Richard Simmons breaks silence, tells The Post he’s ‘living the life he chose’

Richard Simmons has broken his 6-year silence, and his spokesperson told The Post that the beloved fitness icon is “living the life she chose.”

Simmons’ representative, Tom Estey, spoke out Friday following the release of a new documentary about the workout king’s sudden disappearance from the spotlight.

“Richard is eternally grateful for the constant outpouring of love and gratitude he receives from around the world,” Estey told The Post. “He’s happy, healthy and living the life he’s chosen.”

On Wednesday, Simmons, 74, posted his own short message on Facebook, saying simply: “Thank you all for your kindness and love. Love, Richard.”

Estey confirmed that the message was personally composed by Simmons and was his first public correspondence with fans in 6 years.

Simmons was one of America’s most prolific public figures for more than three decades before his disappearance. The picture is from 2011.
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Simmons was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for more than three decades before suddenly disappearing from the public eye in 2014.

Interest in the fizzy workout guru reignited this week following the release of a new documentary, “TMZ Investigates: What Really Happened to Richard Simmons.”

The special, which airs on Fox and Hulu, claims that the star’s knee problems were behind his sudden avoidance of the spotlight.

Simmons hasn’t been seen in public since 2014, but he phoned the Today show in 2016 to deny wild rumors that he was being held hostage by his housekeeper.

Fans were thrilled to hear that Simmons was in good health and in good spirits, with thousands of people responding to his message on Facebook.

The fitness guru exploded onto the scene in the 1980s, making millions with workout videos that were inclusive and uplifting.
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“I knew it was you, Richard!” one admirer fainted. “You are very loved, please never doubt that. You have done so much good in the lives of so many people. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. None of us will ever forget you!”

Another added: “We miss you Richard but I hope you are doing what is right for you. You have given me so much joy for years, now is your time, you deserve peace and happiness. Thank you for saving my life over and over again, I am forever grateful.”

Simmons became a beloved figure after exploding onto the scene in the 1980s with accessible workout videos All shapes and sizes.

Simmons' easy-going approach helped make fitness feel fun and accessible to overweight Americans.

Dressed in hot pants and bedazzled tank tops, the superstar’s easy-going attitude helped make fitness feel fun and accessible even to overweight Americans who had long been intimidated by chiseled, confident trainers.

His 1988 VHS “Sweatin’ To The Oldies” became the best-selling fitness home video of all time, grossing north of $200 million.

He continued to be a prominent public figure in the 1990s and 2000s, publishing best-selling cookbooks, fronting infomercials and appearing on late-night talk shows.

In 2014, the star stopped appearing in public, citing knee problems as the reason.

According to TMZ’s new doctor, Simmons underwent a right knee replacement that left him in a lot of pain.

Doctors subsequently told him he also needed a left knee replacement, but he reportedly refused after being too traumatized by the first operation.

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