Richard Simmons I'm Not Transitioning ... But Orlando Needs Love

6/14/2016 4:56 PM PDT

Richard Simmons: I'm Not Transitioning ... But Orlando Needs Love

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Richard Simmons just silenced everyone speculating he's been hiding from the public during a gender transition ... calling the reports lies and focusing attention on the Orlando tragedy.

Simmons addressed the rumors, saying, "Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey." He continues, "My broken heart and healing thoughts are with the people of Orlando and all other victims of prejudice, bigotry and hate."

Tuesday's Facebook post is the first time in a long time Simmons has personally spoken out ... he was mysteriously hospitalized nearly two weeks ago for several days and has been in virtual seclusion for almost 3 years.