Over the last several hours, rumors have emerged that TV workout guru Richard Simmons is being held captive in his own home by his personal maid! Simmons has not been seen in public in over 2 years but insisted that he is in fact alive and well, and not as the rumors suggest, being held captive.
Despite reports that emerged over the weekend to the contrary, Richard Simmons says that he is not being held inside his home against his will. Though he hasn’t been out in public for more than two years, the fitness guru broke his silence onMonday’s Today show to ensure friends and fans that he is doing just fine.
“No one is holding me in my house as a hostage,” Simmons, 67, told Savannah Guthrie in a phone interview. “You know, I do what I want to do, as I’ve always done, so people should sort of just believe what I have to say because, like, I’m Richard Simmons!”
The report, which originated from the New York Daily News, claimed that Simmons’ housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, is “an object of suspicion” in Simmons’ so-called disappearance, but he insisted to Today that the idea is “just very silly. Teresa Reveles has been with me for 30 years; it’s almost like we’re a married couple.”
Simmons’ comments were echoed by his rep on Sunday, who referred to the claims as “untrue and preposterous” in a statement toPeople. “Richard, after 40 years of being in the spotlight, is now simply taking a break from the public eye and working behind the scenes to continue to help those millions of people worldwide in need of his assistance and on several projects to be announced soon,” said Tom Estey.
Though friends who spoke on record maintained in the Daily News’ report that it’s not in Simmons’ character to withdraw completely, Simmons told Guthrie that he “wanted to be a little bit of a loner for a while,” going on to explain that he is recovering from a knee injury, a result of the “thousands and thousands of classes” he’s taught over the years. “I just sort of want to take care of me,” he added. “I just really don’t want to do anything. I just don’t want to be traveling anymore. It certainly has taken its toll on me.”
Do you believe Simmons’ claim that he is not being held captive or is this merely a cover-up given that he has not appeared on camera to confirm his freedom? Share your thoughts below!