Richard Simmons has been a subject of much speculation recently, especially since the podcast "Missing Richard Simmons" reignited the mystery surrounding his whereabouts. The former fitness guru hasn't been seen in public since February 2014 and finally decided to speak out after being hospitalized for gastrointestinal issues this week.
Reaching out to concerned fans, Simmons took to Facebook to let everyone know that he's doing just fine and that there's no reason to worry.
"Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me," Simmons wrote. "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."
Last month, the LAPD visited Simmons home to investigate whether or not he really was being held against his will—finding no evidence that sparked suspicion or concern.
He continued his post and shared what the whole ordeal has taught him so far. "We all think we should always be able to solve our problems all by ourselves and sometimes it's just bigger than we are," he said. "I reached out and I hope you will too. I'm sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face."
Keeping up the positive vibes, he gave his fans a shoutout: "Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!"
Simmons has since reached out on Facebook again, expressing his gratitude for the care he received while he was hospitalized. "Hope you're having a beautiful Sunday," the 68-year-old wrote. "I wanted to take a moment to send a big thank you to the wonderful doctors, nurses, and staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center during my short stay there this week. They make you feel good even though you're in the hospital for feeling bad."
“Let’s take a minute and all be thankful for medical professionals, police, firefighters and our brave military forces here and around the world," he continued. "They risk so much every day to make us well and keep us protected. God Bless all of them.”