Richard Simmons has been missing for years, since 2014 to be exactly. The fitness guru and star had not been seen since then but emerged to go to the hospital after having stomach problems.
According to his manager, Michael Catalano, Simmons went to the hospital on Monday with severe indigestion and said he is not “missing.”
Simmons spoke out to PEOPLE exclusivey for the first time in years and said, “Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me. 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,” Simmons says in a statement.
“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.”
“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. Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!”