Richard Simmons released a cryptic message Monday, while accusations that he is being held hostage continue to swirl.
Simmons posted a short note to his fans on Facebook after his former assistant, Mauro Oliveira, told the New York Daily News that he believed the exercise guru was not allowed to leave his house. It's a claim that Simmons vehemently denies.
"The support and love I have felt these past few days can only be described as overwhelming," Simmons wrote on Facebook.
"This page has allowed me to both stay in touch with my amazing fans as well as take the private time I want and need for myself right now. But I'm not going anywhere. So thank you all SO MUCH for following, caring, commenting and, most importantly, still smiling."
As Radar reported, the 67-year-old was visited by the LAPD on January 24, 2016 when they performed a welfare check. A source told Radar he "was questioned away from his housekeeper and anyone else in the house."
Housekeeper Teresa Reveles has been accused by friends of Simmons of keeping him at home and not allowing him to see anyone for years.
"This is commonly done during welfare checks to make sure the person knows they can say anything, and are safe," the source explained about separating Simmons from the housekeeper.
"Richard was happy to know that his fans were concerned. He had a range of emotions during the interview and did shed a few tears."