American fitness guru Richard Simmons has spoken out following the speculation surrounding his disappearance from the public eye since 2014.
“Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes, you will never know how much it means to me., he shared to his Facebook on Wednesday, after being hospitalised for "severe indigestion" on Monday.
After almost three years since speaking directly to the public he continued his statement saying, "Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well by now you know that I’m not ‘missing,’ just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days.”
He added: "This has reminded me that when you need help you can’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it. We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it’s just bigger than we are."
Richard made headlines back in 2014 when the 68-year-old failed to show up to teach his fitness class.
People started to create theories that sounded more like Hollywood blockbusters, and rumours circulated, some being he was unwell or undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
Since then, those speculations were put to bed, when Richards' brother Lenny spoke out about his brother's disappearance.
“I talked to him on Sunday, he was doing great. He was asking about our renovations to our home. And we had just gone to see the Broadway musical, Beautiful,” Lenny recently said to Entertainment Tonight.
Meanwhile, just hours after Richard's public announcement on Wednesday, LAPD police were seen outside Richard's Californian home. However it's not clear why they were there.