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It doesn’t matter if you’ve never seen any one of his popular fitness shows, you probably know celebrity fitness guru Richard Simmons for his eccentric, energetic behavior, as well as his incredibly flamboyant personality. You may have also realized that he has completely disappeared from the media in the last two years, and you probably didn’t know this, but he also cut all contact with his friends. The vivacious fitness instructor has spoken out recently about his seclusion, saying:
No one is holding me in my house as a hostage. 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!
Some of his friends have remarked that he is most probably ‘held hostage’ by his housekeeper Teresa Reveles, as in that she’s controlling his life currently, but Simmons dismissed these claims as absurd, explaining:
That’s just very silly. Teresa Reveles has been with me for 30 years. It’s almost like we’re a married couple.
Apart from cutting all contacts with his friends, Simmons can very rarely be seen outside his Hollywood Hills home. He explained that since his knee injury is preventing him from doing what he truly loves, he wishes to devote his free time to himself. He added:
You know, I had hurt my knee, and I had some problems with it, and then the other knee started giving me trouble because I’ve taught like thousands and thousands of classes, and you know right now I just want to sort of take care of me.