Richard Simmons' manager and publicist are shutting down a National Enquirer report that the 67-year-old fitness guru is transitioning.
"He is fine. This is such nonsense, even for the Enquirer," Simmons' manager tells ET.
Simmons' publicist adds, "It's not true."
"Thank you to everyone who has reached out with love and concern after hearing I was in the hospital," Simmons said in a statement. "I was dehydrated and needed some fluids and now I am feeling great! Summer is here -- drink plenty of liquids. Big hugs and kisses for caring."
"I am not kidnapped," Simmons said. "I am just in my house right now."
"No one should be worried about me," he added. "The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me."
He also stressed that although he was taking some private time after a 2014 knee injury
, he's still "very healthy."
"I love all the people who worry about me," Simmons said. "But it was time for me to take some time to be by myself. For the last 40 years I have been traveling, teaching classes, and I had a knee injury, so I had a knee replacement, which was very difficult for me… I have really just been taking it easy, staying at home, working out in my gym and doing the things I haven't done in a very long time."
"I still weigh 150," he continued, shutting down reports that he had gained weight. "I work out every day. I have a gym at the house, and I am very healthy."
"I'm just taking some much needed time for me," he explained. "But don't you worry. I'll be back."