The latest picture of Matthew Perry went viral, and when you see why it will put a smile on your face!
Days after the Friends reunion, he split from his fiance, 29-year-old literary manager Molly Hurwitz.
After Perry’s appearance on the much-anticipated reunion, fans were truly worried. However, his latest Instagram posts are giving us more positive vibes.
Matthew Perry’s impressive career
For young Perry, acting was a family business. His dad, John Bennett Perry, has a career that spans over four decades.
The Emmy nominated Matthew started on small screens. He appeared in Mr. Sunshine, Call Me Anna, Beverly Hills 90210, before becoming Chandler Bing.
He was also in a movie with River Phoenix, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, in 1988. The film was a flop, but it led him to other jobs.
Before landing the legendary role in 1993, Perry was in a short-lived sitcom, Home Free.
Sarcastic and witty, Chandler allowed Perry to show his fantastic skills as a comedian.
The show was a massive success since its first episode in September 1994, and it stayed that way until the end, ten seasons later.
During and after Friends, Perry starred in several successful movies; Fools Rush In (1997), AlmostHeroes (1998), and The Whole Nine Yards in 2000.
As much as his co-stars tried to hide it, Perry was struggling.
A jet ski accident that led to an addiction
According to People, back in 1997, Matthew Perry was in a jet ski accident. He was prescribed Vicodin.
He told the magazine that this pain medicine triggered addiction:
“I did, and I felt better than I ever felt in my entire life. I had a big problem with pills and alcohol, and I couldn’t stop.”
The actor later said:
“I was on Friends from age twenty-four to thirty-four.
“I was in the white-hot flame of fame. The 6 of us were just everywhere all the time. From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem like I had it all.”
But, Perry did not have it all. He was lonely and drowning his sorrows in alcohol. At the time, beloved Matthew revealed:
“It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism.”
“It was going on before Friends, but it’s a progressive disease. I wasn’t a massive party guy. I wasn’t a bull-in-a-china-shop kind of drinker.”
In 1997 he went to rehab for the first time. He chose Minnesota’s Hazelden Foundation rehabilitation center. Speaking about the experience, Perry stated:
“I don’t think there’s anything in the world that I can’t face, having faced that.”
“That was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me. You get whole new respect for yourself and life when you go through something that difficult.”
But this was just the beginning of his troubled journey.
Back to rehab
As the States and the whole planet were falling in love with Monica, Rachel, Ross, Joey, Phoebe, and Chandler, Perry was in a horrible state. He went to rehab again in 2001.
His publicist said:
“Matthew has every intention of completing his treatment so that he can continue his dream of entertaining people and making them laugh. He appreciates everyone’s concern and thanks to them for respecting his privacy.”
There was no way to mask his condition anymore. His weight loss caught the eye of Friends fans. After his second trip to rehab, he crashed his Porche, but apparently, it was an accident since no drugs or alcohol were found in his system.
Perry stayed sober for a while. Or at least that is what we thought. But, in 2011, he was back in rehab.
At the time, he said:
“I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery.”
“Please enjoy making fun of me on the world wide web.”
His addiction was so bad that he failed to remember three years of Friends, as he revealed on BBC:
“Oh, my goodness. I think the answer is, I don’t remember 3 years of it. So none of those … somewhere between season 3 and 6.”
He added that he was never high while at work. Instead, he was “painfully hungover.”
The Perry House and Friends: The Reunion
To keep himself out of trouble, he turned his house into a rehab center.
For two years, it was a successful project. But, with the lack of fundings, Perry had to sell the house.
As he explained to The Hollywood Reporter:
“That was a Malibu beach house, and it was too expensive to run, and the business didn’t really work.”
His speech during the Friends: The Reunion sparked many concerns. Director of the special Ben Winston defended Perry:
“He was great. People can sometimes just be unkind. I wish they weren’t.”
Friends creator Kevin Bright added:
“I think he’s OK. He seems stronger and better since the last time I saw him and excited about going forward.”
He announced that his engagement ended just days after, stating:
“Sometimes things just don’t work out, and this is one of them.”
But Perry seems to have found his purpose, outside acting and failed relationships.
Indeed, he was smiling in recent Instagram photos, and fans loved it!
Comments were encouraging, witty, as one fan wrote:
“Could this picture be more wholesome?”
Perry told The Hill:
“My life has a lot more meaning now that I try to help people.”
“It’s also a selfish thing—it makes you feel better than anything else will.”
We wish him nothing but the best of luck. He made us laugh, and now we want him to keep on smiling!