Richard Simmons Is Not Being Held Hostage By His Housekeeper, Says LAPD

Simmons is rumored to have unwillingly become a recluse for the past four years.

By Eric Shorey

Despite consistent rumors on various gossip sites, the LAPD insists that lovable health expert and general beacon of positivity Richard Simmons is not being held hostage by his housekeeper.

“There was something about his housekeeper holding him hostage and not allowing people to see him and preventing him from making phone calls and it was all garbage and that’s why we went out to see him. None of it is true,” said Detective Kevin Becker, whose team performed a wellness check on Simmons following the spread of salacious rumors about the jolly exercise guru. “The fact of the matter is we went out and talked to him. He is fine, nobody is holding him hostage. He is doing exactly what he wants to do. If he wants to go out in public or see anybody he will do that.”

It seems that many people had been mistaking Simmons' reclusiveness for something more salacious. “He was very nice. He was very cordial. He couldn’t have been nicer to us,” the detective added.

“He made a choice to take a break from public life, which he has the right to do,” says Simmons' longtime rep, Tom Estey. “People need to respect that and not surmise that there’s something wrong when there’s nothing wrong.”

“For 40 years, he took care of everyone else but himself. And so it’s not that he’s being selfish, he’s just being a person, a regular person, taking care of himself.”

Simmons is a bit of a magnet for unwarranted heresy: back in 2016, he took to Facebook to dismiss rumors that he was transitioning into a woman.

“In response, I feel compelled to set the record straight and refute these lies,” he wrote at the time. “Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey.”

Still, many people are intrigued by the idea. There's even a new, hit podcast dedicated to the idea.

Are you relieved that our favorite spandex-wearing icon is OK, or are you not yet sold on the idea?

h/t: Page Six

[Photo: Getty Images]

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