Now the stories are starting to come full circle.
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On Saturday, Richard Simmons totally slammed reports that he was being held captive and labeled the rumors as "very hurtful". Poor thing!
As we reported, it was being circulated over the weekend that the fitness guru was being held against his will in his Hollywood Hills home after "several of his friends" brought up explosive allegations regarding his disappearance. Dramaaaaaa!
Although his manager cleared up all the ridiculousness, Simmons decided to comment on the crazy story for himself. While speaking to Entertainment Tonight, he noted:
What on earth is going on with Richard Simmons?!
According to Richard's close friend and former masseuse Mauro Oliveira, the exercise guru is being held HOSTAGE by his housekeeper of three decades (Teresa Reveles) and longtime manager. The claims come on the heels of Simmons' recent disappearance from the spotlight and out of character behavior.
Not only has the once fun loving man stopped taking calls and teaching classes, he has also missed the funerals of loved ones. Needless to say, the situation is very alarming.
Now here's where things get even more complicated and interesting — Mauro claims upon visiting Richard in April 2014, he was thrown out by Teresa after a terrifying scene.
The concerned pal recalled that R.S. had invited him over to the mansion to talk. Once there, Richard told Oliveira that they could no longer be friends. When pressed as to why, Simmons replied:
Did decades of fame finally catch up to Richard Simmons?
While many friends, family members, and fans have been extremely concerned about Richard's two year absence from the spotlight, sources reveal there's nothing amiss with the health guru.
In fact, the insiders claim R.S. disappeared on his own free will because he's fed up with fame. The confidantes add that the 67-year-old is "happily living life outside the public eye".
Aww. It sounds like poor Richie was overwhelmed!
The news comes as a bit of a surprise in light of Richard's larger than life personality and his once constant presence at his popular El Lay exercise studio.
Despite withdrawing from the limelight, the exercise addict is still helping out charities behind the scenes. Translation: Simmons will always be there for his fans no matter what!
Well, as long as Richards is happy and healthy, that's all that matters!
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We're so happy to hear he's doing okay!
For months now, people have been worried about Richard Simmons, after he stopped talking to his friends for nearly a year!
Well, the LAPD showed up at his house on Friday night, and two cops asked him some questions because they received a report of elder abuse. The report came from a long-time friend, who sent an email to them.
However, what the police found was much different than what people have been saying!
Now, people are really starting to worry!
It's been months since exercise guru Richard Simmons has been seen at his exercise studio, and almost a year since his friends have seen him!
Now, there's even more cause for them to worry about him.
With the holidays in full-swing, the usually bubbly Simmons' Hollywood Hills house is without a single decoration, and his housekeeper reportedly won't let anyone past the gate.
It was previously mentioned that he was upset over injuring his knee, but his lack of interaction has people close to him very, very worried.
We're not sure what's going on with him, but we're sending lots of love and light!
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This sounds worse than we thought!
Simmons recently found out he needs a knee replacement, and he also suffered the loss of his beloved dog.
However, despite his attempts to put people at ease, Simmons' friends are still very worried!
He reportedly hasn't talked to them since March 10th, and a few months ago, the mother of a close friend died, and Richard didn't even go to the funeral!
Another friend added that 66-year-old was close with Joan Rivers and "There is no way he wouldn't have gone to her funeral if he was ok."
The most troubling news is that
Richard Simmons is known for his fabulous workout routines and over-the-top personality.
However, the former exercise
queen king has stayed out of the spotlight for most of 2014 and we're sad to have to say that it might be because he's depressed.
The 66-year-old reportedly needs to have surgery to replace his left knee, and is distraught that he'll never be able to work out again.