Detectives address rumors that the fitness guru is being held hostage in his home.

By Faith Brar

No one has seen Richard Simmons since 2014, which is why several theories have surfaced in an attempt to explain his mysterious disappearance. Earlier this week, Simmons' long-time friend and massage therapist came forward and reignited rumors that the fitness guru is being held hostage by his housekeeper, sparking nationwide concern. The accusations were made in Missing Richard Simmons, a new podcast by another one of Simmons' friends, Dan Taberski.

Thankfully, the LAPD has since paid the 68-year-old a visit and confirmed that he's "perfectly fine." Phew.

"There was something about his housekeeper holding him hostage and not allowing people to see him and preventing him from making phone calls, and it was all garbage, and that's why we went out to see him," detective Kevin Becker told People in an exclusive interview on Thursday. "None of it is true. The fact of the matter is, we went out and talked to him, he is fine, nobody is holding him hostage. He is doing exactly what he wants to do. If he wants to go out in public or see anybody, he will do that." (Similarly, Simmons' representative, Tom Estey made an earlier statement explaining that his client was safe and simply didn't want to be in the public eye.)

So basically, the LAPD wants the internet to mind its own freaking business and let Simmons stay out of the spotlight if he wants to-we're just glad to hear that Simmons is safe.

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