Except for a slight limp, Richard Simmons was said to be in good health when police came to his Hollywood Hills home on Jan. 23 after receiving a tip from a distraught friend, claiming the fitness guru was the victim of elder abuse.
Now his longtime spokesman is setting the record straight. “Richard is 100 percent fine,” Thomas Estey confirms exclusively to 'Closer.' “Because he has been so visual and out they’re for so long, he wanted to take this time for himself. It’s a much-needed break.”
Richard in January 1992. (Photo Credit: Getty)
As for the limp, “He walks with a limp [following a knee surgery] and desperately needs a second surgery,” Estey explains to 'Closer,' adding that Richard is resisting the operation “because the first one didn’t go so well. Since his bad experience with that procedure, he is fearful to do the second one.”
In November, Richard did admit that he’s “having a tough time dealing with this injury.” And it’s taken a toll on him emotionally. “He can’t do what he wants to do, which is sweat with people, make them fit and make them laugh. But he is not depressed,” Estey notes. “In fact, he’s in great shape and still working out in his home gym on a modified routine.”
“[Richard] does leave his house to see family and friends, but he wears a disguise because he doesn’t want to be recognized," Estey tells 'Closer.' “He just wants to see his loved ones privately.”
For more on Richard Simmons' recovery, pick up the new issue of 'Closer,' on newsstands tomorrow!