Ever since Richard Simmons abruptly retreated from public life in 2014, many have been left questioning why the often flamboyant health guru disappeared with no clarification for his followers.

Following renewed curiosity in his welfare following the discharge of a brand new TMZ documentary, the 74-year-old has damaged his silence to disclose his appreciation for the continued assist from his followers.

Taking to Facebook, he merely wrote: ‘Thank you, everybody, to your kindness and love! [red heart emoji] Love, Richard.’

Richard Simmons (pictured in December 2013) has thanked fans for the 'kindness and love' amid concerns over why he has completely retreated from public life since 2014

Richard Simmons (pictured in December 2013) has thanked followers for the ‘kindness and love’ amid issues over why he has fully retreated from public life since 2014 

The reclusive star posted a short message on social media which was signed off with his name, the first direct interaction with his fans in years

The reclusive star posted a brief message on social media which was signed off along with his title, the primary direct interplay along with his followers in years

Simmons was last physically pictured in April 2017 returning from the hospital beside his live-in caretaker/driver Theresa Reveles (2-L)

Simmons was final bodily pictured in April 2017 getting back from the hospital beside his live-in caretaker/driver Theresa Reveles (2-L)

Indeed, the famed aerobics teacher unexpectedly determined to cease educating at his exercise studio eight years in the past and the thriller surrounding the shock transfer immediately led to intense hypothesis and a number of other conspiracy theories.

Following rumors that the star was being held hostage in his Hollywood Hills residence by his housekeeper, in addition to solutions he was secretly transitioning, a brand new documentary claimed to have the true reply about why the star stepped again from the highlight.

According to TMZ Investigates: What Really Happened to Richard Simmons, the health guru’s want for knee alternative surgical procedure was the catalyst for his retreat from public life.

It is claimed within the doc, which aired this week, that the health lover’s worry that he wouldn’t be capable to bounce again and train as followers would count on was the rationale behind the choice to enter ‘virtual hiding’.

It’s not the primary time the star’s disappearance has been investigated after a podcast known as Missing, Richard Simmons was launched in 2017 with the identical intention.

Inspired by a 2016 DailyMail.com story, former The Daily Show producer Dan Taberski’s six episode investigation sparked renewed curiosity within the health guru’s disappearance.

It highlighted a number of rumors – that Simmons is altering his gender or being held hostage by his housekeeper – and heaped undesirable consideration on the star’s hermit life-style.

However, Simmons’ supervisor was fast to struggle again towards the podcast and claimed the sequence had been ‘hurtful’ and ‘humiliating’ for the star.

Here, FEMAIL seems again on the thriller surrounding the star’s puzzling disappearance and the unusual moments which have taken place since he slipped away from the highlight.

An surprising disappearing act confuses the nation

Simmons was well-known for his flamboyant appearances at big name events over the years before he suddenly disappeared from the limelight - pictured with Katy Perry in August 2013

Simmons was well-known for his flamboyant appearances at large title occasions over time earlier than he immediately disappeared from the limelight – pictured with Katy Perry in August 2013

The fitness icon shot to fame in the early 1980s and had been teaching classes up until the day he retreated from the public in February 2014 - pictured in March 2013

The health icon shot to fame within the early Eighties and had been educating lessons up till the day he retreated from the general public in February 2014 – pictured in March 2013

Simmons shot to fame within the early Eighties after showing on NBC actuality present Real People.

He grew to become a daily visitor on late evening speak reveals, was a staple of a number of hit sport reveals together with Hollywood Squares and appeared as himself in a number of TV reveals.

The New Orleans native's workouts made him a star across the nation - pictured in 1992

The New Orleans native’s exercises made him a star throughout the nation – pictured in 1992

The New Orleans native continued TV presence all through his profession meant that his final onscreen appearances had been enjoying a dramatized model of himself on ABC cleaning soap General Hospital in 2013 and showing as visitor judging a 2014 episode of ABC’s Sing Your Face Off.

One of his final public appearances was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York in November 2013, the place he struck poses whereas driving on a float. On New Year’s Eve of 2013, Simmons appeared on CNN to speak about making health resolutions, when he started tearing up. 

Then Simmons – ‘who helped humanity lose roughly 12M lbs’ – was final seen in a big public setting on January 1, 2014 at a charity occasion. 

By mid- 2014, followers had observed the star was seemingly lacking from motion and lots of quickly began to voice issues.

Indeed, the final any had seen of Simmons was when he has merely walked out the door of his Beverly Hills health club after educating his each day group train class in February 2014.

By 2015, there was hypothesis that Simmons was successfully being held ‘hostage’ by his longtime housekeeper Teresa Reveles.

One of Simmons' last public appearances was at the Macy's Thanksgiving  Day parade in New York City in November 2013

One of Simmons’ final public appearances was on the Macy’s Thanksgiving  Day parade in New York City in November 2013

The LAPD did a welfare verify in January 2015 after they acquired a tip with an elder abuse declare and located he was nice. 

Simmons was strolling with a limp and answered the door with a beard, however he seemed to be in good well being, regulation enforcement officers advised TMZ. 

However, the scandal pressured him to name into chat reveals to disclaim the reviews and demand that each one was effectively.

‘No one must be fearful about me. The folks that encompass me are fantastic individuals who take nice care of me,’ he stated on the time.

Of Reveles, he added: ‘She’s been with me for 30 years. It’s virtually like we’re a married couple.’

Simmons makes an attempt to squash rumors he is ‘depressed’, being ‘managed by witchcraft’ and ‘transitioning’ 

Simmons has repeatedly denied claims that he is being 'controlled' by his live-in housekeeper Teresa Reveles

Simmons has repeatedly denied claims that he’s being ‘managed’ by his live-in housekeeper Teresa Reveles

Reveles is one of the only people ever seen entering the star's Hollywood Hills mansion

Reveles is without doubt one of the solely individuals ever seen getting into the star’s Hollywood Hills mansion

The theories about Simmons’ relationship along with his housekeeper reached fever pitch in March 2016 when his good friend and therapeutic massage therapist made stunning claims that Teresa Reveles was controlling the health persona via ‘black magic’ and ‘witchcraft’.

At the time when Mauro Oliveira made the claims, it was believed Simmons was depressed after affected by a knee harm and coping with the dying of his beloved canine Hattie.

However, Oliveira made waves after he wrote a self-published e-book recounting his impression of what has occurred to Simmons titled King Rich and the Evil Witch.

In March 2016, it was claimed that Reveles was controlling Simmons through 'witchcraft'

In March 2016, it was claimed that Reveles was controlling Simmons via ‘witchcraft’

Speaking to the NY Daily News, Oliveira defined that he struck a quick friendship with Simmons in 2013 and recounted the main points of their final assembly in 2014.

The therapeutic massage therapist, former assistant, good friend and visible artist visited Simmons’ residence after receiving a telephone name from the 67-year-old saying the 2 wanted to speak. 

According to Oliveira, Simmons advised him he wished to be alone, and that the 2 might not see one another. 

Shortly after, the Brazilian was thrown out of the home when Simmons’ home keeper Teresa Reveles reportedly forbade him to go upstairs and shouted at Oliveira to get out. 

Oliveira advised the information web site Simmons stated ‘sure’ when he requested whether or not Reveles was controlling his life.

Oliveira stated: ‘I feel it was [caused by] black magic, witchcraft. That’s not near your tradition, however to my tradition in Brazil, and to Mexicans, that may be a actual factor. They invoke the spirits.’ 

He later stated: ‘It’s extraordinarily laborious to elucidate to you ways somebody is when they’re affected by unhealthy pressure. That’s the factor. F***ing Teresa is placing black magic on him.’

Simmons has also had to deny claims that he has secretly been transitioning into a woman

Simmons has additionally needed to deny claims that he has secretly been transitioning into a lady

Simmons ultimately lost his defamation lawsuit against Radar Online and the National Enquirer over the claims, and was ordered to pay $130,000

Simmons finally misplaced his defamation lawsuit towards Radar Online and the National Enquirer over the claims, and was ordered to pay $130,000

However, Simmons has accused his former assistant of blackmail, stalking and extortion for peddling a false story that he was transitioning to grow to be a lady.

The star made the claims in a lawsuit towards the National Enquirer and Radar Online in Los Angeles Superior Court as his attorneys claimed Oliveira maliciously offered false data to the 2 shops to revenue from the eccentric health guru’s trip of the highlight and that they printed them claims he was transitioning whereas figuring out they had been false.

He claimed that whereas Oliveira was ‘pitching’ the ‘hurtful’ tales, he was additionally sending Simmons emails threatening to ‘destroy his status’ except he agreed to pay him to cease. 

However, Simmons finally misplaced his defamation lawsuit towards American Media Inc. and was ordered to pay $130,000.

Puzzling hospital visits reignite issues about his reclusive life-style

The only time Simmons has been seen outside his home have been on two hospital visits in 2015 and 2017 - pictured leaving Cedars Sinai in 2017

The solely time Simmons has been seen exterior his residence have been on two hospital visits in 2015 and 2017 – pictured leaving Cedars Sinai in 2017

In June 2015, Simmons was admitted to hospital in Los Angeles affected by dehydration.

His longtime caretaker had known as 911 on Friday after he was performing unusually at his Hollywood Hills mansion.

TMZ reported that paramedics decided the health guru wanted medical analysis so admitted him to the power as they feared he might have had a stroke, was affected by dementia or another ailment.

However, he was launched the following day after getting some fluids into his physique.

While this appeased fearful followers for a short while, fears rose up once more after the star quietly closed his Beverly Hills train studio Slimmons in November 2016.

As the information broke, the exercise icon gave Entertainment Tonight an announcement about shuttering the health club and he thanked his followers ‘for all the time loving me.’

The TV star wrote: ‘I’ve devoted my life to serving to others really feel higher about themselves and so they helped me to do the identical. Thank you for all the time supporting and loving me.

‘I’ll take the time for myself to be the very best I will be and so do you have to. I really like you — all the time preserve sweatin’!’

Then in April 2017, Simmons was pictured getting back from the hospital along with his live-in caretaker/driver Reveles.

Reveles was seen driving the star back to his home in 2017 after he was taken to hospital for indigestion

Reveles was seen driving the star again to his residence in 2017 after he was taken to hospital for indigestion

It was the primary time he had been photographed in any capability for 3 years, and even then the star saved his face and physique hidden beneath a big blanket as he made his approach out of Cedars Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills.

The health guru has spent 4 days within the well-known medical facility throughout which he was handled for indigestion.

After they left the hospital, Simmons and his housekeeper arrived at his gated mansion quarter-hour later and drove into the storage hooked up to the home.

But Simmons, apparently nonetheless reluctant to be seen, hid inside for 40 minutes – throughout which period 4 LAPD cop vehicles, a police helicopter, and his supervisor Michael Catalano arrived.

Eventually, Simmons was helped out of the storage by Reveles, nonetheless hiding beneath a blanket and screened by Catalano’s Range Rover, and into the principle home.

Despite his latest launch from hospital, the health guru appeared frail as he was ushered inside.

His supervisor Michael Catalano stated on the time: ‘After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment. He’s already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery.’

Amid his health woes, Simmons quietly closed his Beverly Hills exercise studio Slimmons in November 2016

Amid his health woes, Simmons quietly closed his Beverly Hills exercise studio Slimmons in November 2016

It was another blow to fans who had enjoyed exercising with the star, as well as watching him host workouts on screen - pictured during the 2011 Miss USA hula hoop contest

It was another blow to fans who had enjoyed exercising with the star, as well as watching him host workouts on screen – pictured during the 2011 Miss USA hula hoop contest

Simmons also released a statement on social media thanking fans for their concern, accompanied by a photograph of himself dating from 2014 – the year he withdrew from view.

He wrote: ‘Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL. Well by now you know that I’m not “missing”, just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days. You will never know how much it means to me.’

Simmons continued: ‘This has jogged my memory that while you need assistance you may’t be afraid to succeed in out and ask for it. We all suppose we should always all the time be capable to resolve our issues all by ourselves and typically it is simply larger than we’re.

‘I reached out and I hope you’ll too. I’m certain there are individuals in your life who love and take care of you and would do something that will help you with the challenges you face. ‘Just figuring out you care has already made me really feel higher. Hope to see you once more quickly!’

Hit podcasts and trending documentaries declare to disclose the reality behind Simmons’ disappearance

In 2022, a new documentary reignited interest in the star's disappearance

In 2022, a brand new documentary reignited curiosity within the star’s disappearance

Dan Taberski, a former producer of The Daily Show, created the Missing Richard Simmons podcast in February 2017.

Taberski spent eight episodes investigating his topic’s whereabouts, making it hottest podcast within the nation on the time and galvanizing a nationwide obsession with Simmons’ well-being.

It resurrected outdated rumors – that Simmons is altering his gender or being held hostage by his housekeeper – and heaped undesirable consideration on his respite.

Dan Taberski hosted the popular Missing, Richard Simmons in 2017

Dan Taberski hosted the favored Missing, Richard Simmons in 2017

Simmons didn’t take part within the podcast and it was immediately slammed by a few of his shut confidants.

Though billed as an act of affection by Taberski, Simmons’ supervisor and good friend for 30 years Michael Catalano claimed it had been ‘dangerous’.

‘He did not want this intrusion to validate his contribution to individuals,’ Catalano stated in an interview with the Associated Press. ‘He is aware of the reception [the podcast] is having. He is aware of how individuals are responding to it.

‘But it is also hurtful. It’s humiliating, ? It’s damaging. It simply is … Anywhere he goes now there’s going to be – greater than there was earlier than – pointing and hypothesis.

‘Has he transitioned into a lady? Is that him behind that beard? I do not envy that. I do not envy that for somebody, who at the moment, has chosen to retreat. He has the precise! I simply do not suppose since you are on the general public stage for 40 years that you must proceed to stay there till your final breath.’

Indeed, Simmons’ publicist, brother Lenny and two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department additionally stated the health guru was protected at his Hollywood Hills mansion and doing nice.

According to the doc, Simmons’s hermit lifestyle is indeed down to his injured knee

According to the doc, Simmons’s hermit life-style is certainly all the way down to his injured knee

Officers from the LAPD reportedly went to the 68-year-old’s Hollywood Hills residence for one more welfare verify on the time, in line with TMZ.

A supply advised the location that police spoke to Simmons and decided he’s of ‘sound thoughts and completely nice’.

Simmons had beforehand known as Entertainment Tonight the 12 months earlier than, explaining he was protected and effectively and that ‘it is time proper now for Richard Simmons to deal with Richard Simmons.’

However, it was nonetheless believer that the star donned hats and different low-key disguises as a way to depart his Hollywood Hills residence.

Indeed, the continued thriller led to the brand new TMZ documentary which claimed {that a} earlier principle behind Simmons’ want to cover from the general public was right.

According to the doc, Simmons’s hermit life-style is certainly all the way down to his injured knee as it’s claimed: ‘Doctors advised him again in 2014, across the time he disappeared, that he wanted a left knee alternative.

‘And if he didn’t get one, he may by no means be capable to train once more. Now, that is key to the disappearance of Richard Simmons. The prospect of surgical procedure, of turning into sedentary, induced Richard to sink right into a deep melancholy.’ 

Fellow fitness icon Suzanne Somers gave insight into the star's insecurities in the documentary

Fellow health icon Suzanne Somers gave perception into the star’s insecurities within the documentary

The documentary claims that Simmons' mobility issues, as caused by a knee injury, is the reason why the star decided to retreat away from the fans

The documentary claims that Simmons’ mobility points, as attributable to a knee harm, is the rationale why the star determined to retreat away from the followers

Simmons’ knee troubles first made headlines in 2014 when reported by TMZ.  

According to the doc, the operation on his proper knee was so painful that he allegedly delayed changing his left knee and never it’s claimed that he simply by no means opted to get the surgical procedure. 

‘He had a proper knee alternative just a few years again. And nonetheless wanted a left one. He was in quite a lot of ache…. We know nonetheless, to today, Richard nonetheless hasn’t gotten corrective surgical procedure on his left knee,’ the doc alleged. ‘He walks with a cane and that explains rather a lot. He’s simply not the identical man anymore.’

This change in his bodily potential was the catalyst for his retreat from the general public because the documentary added: ‘Richard wished to retreat earlier than his picture was recast as an outdated man. And his knee issues had been an enormous consider his determination.’

Speaking within the undertaking, fellow health icon Suzanne Somers gave perception into the star’s insecurities.

Recalling her final interplay with Simmons, she claimed he had behaved unusually once they had been attributable to seem on the Larry King Show.

She defined: ‘One evening I used to be on the Larry King Show and he was both going to be a visitor or presupposed to be a visitor, and I heard via the Larry King folks that he did not wish to be on the present with me.

‘I stated, “Why?” and he stated, ‘She’ll make enjoyable of me.’ And that is not my model, I by no means make enjoyable of anyone. But that is after I realized somewhat insecurity has gotten in there’.

Somers added: ‘I favored him. I used to be all the time so stunned when he thought I’d make enjoyable of him. But would not that present you he is obtained a heartache? Something’s damaged inside as a result of he did it. He had it after which let it go.’

Maintaining his on-line presence with a (digital) coronavirus comeback

Simmons made a virtual comeback for his multi-generational 355K followers/subscribers in the age of the global coronavirus pandemic (pictured in 2014)

Simmons made a digital comeback for his multi-generational 355K followers/subscribers within the age of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic (pictured in 2014)

The reclusive aerobics guru began uploading weekly workout videos from his eighties hey-day as well as more semi-recent clips to encourage fans confined in quarantine

The reclusive aerobics guru started importing weekly exercise movies from his eighties hey-day in addition to extra semi-recent clips to encourage followers confined in quarantine

After six years offline, the aerobics guru made a digital comeback for his multi-generational 355K followers/subscribers firstly of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

In March 2020, the flamboyant health skilled started importing weekly exercise movies from his eighties hey-day in addition to extra semi-recent clips to encourage followers confined in quarantine.

‘The revival is because of followers clamoring for him to return and lead them via at-home train routines once more,’ an insider advised TMZ on Friday.

‘Richard’s workforce obliged with the brand new video posts. Simmons’ workforce can also be engaged on a brand new line of licensed merchandise to be launched later this 12 months.’

It was revealed that regardless of his lack of public presence, the Sweatin’ to the Oldies star – who as soon as topped the scales at 268lbs – continues to encourage his ‘clubhouse members’ with newsletters containing recipes and different tips.

On August 24, 2022, the star despatched a direct message to his followers on Facebook as he wrote: ‘Thank you, everybody, to your kindness and love! [red heart emoji] Love, Richard.’

Fans had been fast to ship their effectively needs as one wrote: ‘I’m so happy with you for taking time for your self. You’ve given a lot of your self to the world, and now it is your time. Good for you… Thank you for blessing and galvanizing me so richly’.

Another added: ‘You are one of the vital stunning human beings on Earth. Thank you for all the time being so form. You have helped so many people. I’m so sorry for the ache you’ve endured. Blessings to you all the time!’

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