If you have been reading the site just for the past year or so, you know that I had a blind and a reveal that Richard Simmons locked himself at home and became a recluse because of a guy who took advantage of Richard. The guy ran off with a bunch of money and broke Richard’s heart. Over the weekend, The NY Daily News wrote an article that says Richard has not left his house in two years because he is being held hostage by his housekeeper. To counter that, Richard gave not one, but two interviews.
Simmons, 67, told the Today show on Monday, March 14, in a pre-recorded phone conversation that his disappearance has been entirely voluntary, while he told ET on Sunday night that the New York Daily News’ reporting — that he was being held hostage in his Hollywood Hills home — was “very hurtful.”
In the Daily News’ piece, a friend claimed that it seemed Simmons’ housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, was controlling his life. “No one is holding me in my house as a hostage,” he told Savannah Guthrie on Sunday. “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!”
Simmons added of Reveles: “That’s just very silly. Teresa Reveles has been with me for 30 years. It’s almost like we’re a married couple . . . I just sort of wanted to be a loner for a while.”
Simmons has stepped out of the spotlight and remained reclusive for two years. “Right now, I just sort of wanna take care of me,” he told the Today show. “I just really don’t wanna do anything. I don’t wanna be traveling anymore… it’s taken a toll on me.”
He insisted in his other interview with ET on Sunday night: “I am not kidnapped, I am just in my house right now. No one should be worried about me. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me.”