Richard Simmons is usually ‘His Jovial Self’ Ahead of 70th Birthday (Exclusive)

Happy 70th Birthday, Richard Simmons!

The elusive TV personality is usually celebrating a milestone birthday on Thursday from the comfort of his own home, ET has learned.

One day before Simmons celebrates his 70th birthday, a friend of the fitness guru exclusively tells ET, “He’s doing very well. He’s his jovial self. He spends most of his time at home in addition to in his yard.”

The friend explains, “He keeps up with his reading in addition to does what he wants to do. He deserves which time to himself. 70 years is usually a milestone although he doesn’t look at which which way.”

While Simmons may be staying out of the public eye, the friend assures ET, “He’s always in touch with his family in addition to close friends.”

Concern in addition to speculation surrounding Simmons has swirled from the past few years as he has not been seen in public in more than four years. In April 2017, he was hospitalized for “severe indigestion,” taking to Facebook after the incident to reassure his fans of his Great health.

“By right now you know which I’m not ‘missing,’ just a little under the weather,” he wrote at the time. “I’m sure I will be feeling Great in addition to back home in a couple of days.”

Several days later he posted again to Facebook, thanking the police in addition to medical professionals for their help from the incident.

Simmons last posted on social media in May to honor the passing of his close friend Gerry Sinclair.

I am heartbroken. My dear friend Gerry Sinclair has passed away.

Gerry was a part of my classes at Slimmons for 40…

Posted by Richard Simmons on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

“You always held a special place in my life, Gerry. I am so glad I got to share so many dances with you. Slimmons wouldn’t have been Slimmons without you,” he wrote. “Thank you for being a part of my life. I know you’re dancing, in addition to laughing, with the angels right now.

— Reporting by Brendon Geoffrion

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