Matthew Perry stepped out for a relaxing afternoon in Los Angeles last week just as he revealed his opioid addiction nearly took his life.
DailyMail.com noticed that the Friends star looked healthier than he had been in years when he ran errands with an unknown girlfriend. The actor has been single since breaking up with fiancé Molly Hurwitz in June 2021.
The 53-year-old wore a gray top, white Jordan shorts and yellow Converse sneakers with trendy sunglasses, while his mystery friend wore a yellow floral dress, sunglasses and white sandals.
The pair were seen walking into a parking garage before getting into the car and driving away.
The infamously reclusive actor is trying to promote his highly anticipated memoir. Friends, lovers and the big terrible thingwhich is on November 1.
Talking about the book to People Magazinehe described how his drug and alcohol addiction gave him a 2% survival rate after opioids caused his colon to burst, leaving him in a two-week coma.
Now sober, the much-loved actor best known for playing the hapless Chandler Bing recounts his decades-long struggle to overcome addiction.
DailyMail.com spotted Matthew Perry in Los Angeles last week as he stepped outside for a relaxing afternoon. This Comes When The Infamous Private Actor Revealed He Nearly Died Of Alcohol And Drug Addiction
The Friends star looked healthy while shopping with an unknown girlfriend
He said: ‘I had to wait until I was reasonably safe sober – and away from the active disease of alcoholism and addiction – to write everything down. And most importantly, I was pretty sure it would help people’ – pictured September 2021, (left)
The notoriously reclusive actor is breaking cover to promote his highly anticipated memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, due out in November
Matthew’s mysterious boyfriend wore a yellow floral dress, designer sunglasses and white sandals
The 53-year-old looked healthy, wearing a gray Henley top, white Jordan shorts and yellow Converse sneakers with trendy sunglasses
Matthew revealed that he had to use a colostomy bag for nine months, had 14 surgeries on his abdomen and was in rehab 15 times to get clean.
Speaking about the book in People magazine on Wednesday, he told how his addictions gave him a 2% survival rate after opioids caused his colon to burst, leaving him in a two-week coma and months in the hospital. .
He said: ‘The doctors told my family I had a 2 percent chance of being alive. I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that’s called a Hail Mary. Nobody survives that.’
The actor added: “I wanted to share when I was safe to get back into the dark side of it all.
“I had to wait until I was reasonably safe sober – and away from the active disease of alcoholism and addiction – to write everything down. And most importantly, I was pretty sure it would help people.”
Matthew said his alcohol addiction started to surface when he starred in Friends at age 24.
He was “anchored in a lot of trouble” by the time he was 34. He said there were years when he was sober and in fact he was sober all season, the year he was nominated for Best Actor.
At one point during his Friends career, he admitted to taking 55 Vicodin a day and losing weight to 128 pounds, but “didn’t know how to stop.”
He said the illness was getting worse and noted that his friends from the cast were “understanding and patient.”
Matthew said the illness has gotten worse, noting that his friends from the cast were “understanding, and they were patient” (pictured second from left with the cast)
Matthew now says, “I’m pretty healthy now,” although he chooses not to say how long he’s been sober, but “every day counts.”
His stomach is covered in scars from his 14 surgeries, and he said they serve as a reminder to stay sober.
He said his therapist had told him he might need an ostomy bag for the rest of his life if he starts using drugs again, which will help him avoid relapse.
The actor entered rehab once during his stay on Friends in 1997 and again in 2001.
Matthew famously told the New York Times in 2002, a year after he went sober: “When [fame] happens, it looks like Disneyland for a while.
“For me it lasted about eight months, this feeling of ‘I made it, I’m excited, there’s no problem in the world’.
He told the Hollywood Reporter in 2015: “I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life. I have learned a lot from my failures.
“But the best thing about me is when an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I’ll say, “Yeah, I know how to do that.”‘
‘And then you realize it doesn’t pay off, it certainly doesn’t fill any gaps in your life. I didn’t get sober because I felt like it. I got sober because I was afraid I would die the next day.’
It is no accident that Chandler is a man who tries to deter his own human emotional feelings by laughing. That’s what I’ve been doing for years. I’ve tried to pretend to be a joker, kind of like going out with me is like a vacation. But that could only get me this far.’
He did his third stint in rehab in May 2011, when a representative for the star said it was to prevent a relapse.
The actor has said he’s currently sober, but won’t say how long he’s been sober — just that he’s “counting the days” — shot promoting his book in September
Pictured in 2019: Perry has stayed under the radar in recent years. He caused concern when he first looked sloppy for nearly two years that year
In 2021, the cast of Friends returned to the screen for the first time in 17 years after being delayed due to the pandemic.
Friends fans expressed concern when Matthew appeared to be cursing his speech in a promo for the special.
The actor stammered and stared into the clip, even scrambling his words at one point.
Though his speech was pompous, Matthew’s physical appearance was on the healthier side.
His castmates were able to hide all their worries, while David Schwimmer and Matt LaBlanc giggled and smiled at their troubled opponent
But fans were quick to voice their concerns.
“Just watched a People interview and I can’t believe what Matthew Perry looks like… seriously, it breaks my heart,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“It pains me to see Matthew Perry like this, he just seems absent, staring at the void, speaking slowly,” wrote another.
In 2021, the cast of Friends returned to the screen for the first time in 17 years – fans expressed concern when Matthew appeared to curse his speech in a promo for the special
Ben Winston, who directed Friends: The Reunion, said of those who commented on Perry’s performance on the HBO Max special: “He was great. People can just be rude sometimes. I wish they weren’t.
‘I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny guy and I thought he had some great one-liners on the show. I just felt lucky and happy to be in his presence and pointing out something like this to him.”
after having first tasted alcohol at age 13, continued to drink, and in 1997 was described using opioids to control pain after a jet ski accident.
Speaking to People in 2013, he recalled taking his prescription pills without question: “I did and I felt better than I’ve ever felt in my entire life. I had a big problem with pills and alcohol, and I couldn’t stop.’
He entered rehab that same year in 1997, but said, “You can’t have a drug problem for 30 years and expect it to be resolved in 28 days. Getting sober is very difficult.’