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The Secret Birth Defect That Made Richard Simmons A Superstar — And A Recluse

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  • In 2014, Simmons — who had recently, tearfully referred to himself as a “court jester” — suddenly vanished from the spotlight — and he hasn’t made a public appearance since.
    Wild rumors said Simmons was being held hostage by his housekeeper and that he was undergoing gender reassignment surgery to live as a woman named “Fiona.”
    The real reason behind Simmons disappearance has remained a mystery — until now.

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