Richard Simmons’ representative has officially responded to claims that he is being HELD HOSTAGE by his housekeeper, Teresa REVELES!
68-year-old Simmons has not been seen publicly since 2014 and one of his very close friends, Mauro Oliviera, said to the press after a visit to Simmons’ house: “She (Teresa) realized that I was in the house, she started screaming like a witch, ‘No no no no, get out, get out! I don’t want him here!’ Richard looked at me and said, ‘You got to go.’ I said, ‘Really? Is she controlling your life now?’ and he said yes. And that I have to leave.”
However Simmons’ rep is claiming that this is a complete fabrication and says via a statement to PEOPLE: “Teresa has been working with him for, since I’ve been working with him [27 years]. So, holding him hostage is the biggest, I mean … Teeresa is the housekeeper, she’s the caretaker, she is extraordinary, she is amazing, she takes impeccable care of Richard and she has for as long as I have been working with Richard, so that is a complete load of crap. Richard made a choice. To live a more private life. If he decides to come back, he’ll come back … People claim that it happened overnight. It really didn’t. We were turning down stuff for years and just kind of quieting down, and when he decides that he wants to come back, that’s when he’ll come back, and when that will be, I have no idea or if he will at all. There really isn’t anything to report. We did not cooperate nor participate in this podcast because we didn’t feel the need to nor did we want to. All these things distract from his legacy and I will not allow that to happen because this man is a world treasure. He has helped millions of people lose millions of pounds. He has saved millions of lives, spent millions and millions of his own money helping and saving people’s lives. This man is a saint, so treat him like a saint and leave him alone.” Richard’s friends have NOT BACKED DOWN however and are determined to find him! They’ve even setup a website https://www.missingrichardsimmons.com