The iconic fitness guru has apparently not been seen in public since 2014, which sparked rumors that he was being held hostage by his housekeeper. But the rumors are "garbage" and "none of it is true" according to LAPD detective Kevin Becker, who says police recently visited Simmons' home to check up on him and he is A-OKAY.
"The fact of the matter is, we went out and talked to him, he is fine, nobody is holding him hostage," Becker told People. "He is doing exactly what he wants to do. If he wants to go out in public or see anybody, he will do that.”
The detective continued: “He is perfectly fine and he is very happy. I don’t know what he is going to do, but right now he is doing what he wants to do and it is his business.”
Simmons also made a statement a year ago saying "No one is holding me in my house as a hostage," and said he was just taking a break from public life.
The recent investigation was apparently prompted by the popularity of a new podcast called Missing Richard Simmons. In one episode, the host interviewed a former assistant who claimed that a maid currently on Simmons’ staff was holding him hostage.
That's a pretty weird rumor to just make up out of nowhere, so you know there must be a backup story here. Whatever it is, I just hope Richard Simmons is happy, autonomous, and on the couch watching Friends reruns and eating Doritos.
The man spent decades dancing around in a sparkly tank top just so we could have toned calves and highs. He's probably just tired!