Diet & Fitness

Richard Simmons: 'No one should be worried about me'

Fitness guru speaks out about absence


An in-depth report by the New York Daily News this weekend claimed Richard Simmons being held in his home by his housekeeper and is not making choices for himself, but the workout guru, who has previously shied away from the public eye, is now speaking out to combat that report and other similar rumors.

“I’m doing good. My health is good,” he told Savannah Guthrie by phone in a clip that aired Monday on the “Today” show. “No one is holding in my house as a hostage. I do what I want to do as I’ve always done, so people should just sort of believe what I have to say because, like, I am Richard Simmons.”

He told Entertainment Tonight the same thing when they reached him by phone: "I am not kidnapped. I am just in my house right now.”

The Daily News claims Simmons’ told his friend his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, was controlling his life.

“That’s just very silly,” the 67-year-old told the “Today” show. “[She’s] been with me for 30 years. It’s almost like we’re a married couple.”

He said he has stayed out of the limelight because he wanted a break.

“I just sort of wanted to be a little bit of a loner for a while,” he insisted. “Right now I just want to take care of me. I just don’t want to do anything. I don’t want to be traveling anymore.”

Simmons had admitted he had a hard time after a knee injury and he has been depressed in the past.  

“Survival has always meant a lot when you are an overweight kid… some of that stuff never leaves you, Savannah,” he said.

However he doesn’t want his fans to be concerned.

“To all the people that are worrying about me, I want to tell them that I love them with my whole heart and soul and that not to worry, Richard is fine.”

Simmons reiterated to Entertainment Tonight, "No one should be worried about me. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me."

A rep for the workout guru declined FOX411's request for an interview with Simmons.