Matthew Perry says Jennifer Aniston confronted him about addiction


Matthew Perry is continuous to share candid moments from his lengthy journey to sobriety and the struggles he endured throughout his run on NBC’s “Friends” whereas yoyo-ing between addictions to Vicodin and alcohol.

In an excerpt from his new e-book “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” Perry recounts how a go to from costar Jennifer Aniston to his trailer made him notice that his secret habits when it got here to alcohol wasn’t so secret.

“‘I do know you are ingesting,’ she mentioned,” Perry, now 53, writes within the memoir, in an excerpt revealed by the Times of London.

“I had lengthy since gotten over her — ever since she began relationship Brad Pitt, I used to be high-quality — and had labored out precisely how lengthy to take a look at her with out it being awkward, however nonetheless, to be confronted by Jennifer Aniston was devastating. And I used to be confused,” he continued.

“‘How are you able to inform?’ I mentioned. I by no means labored drunk. ‘I’ve been attempting to cover it . . .'”

Elsewhere within the excerpt, Perry talked about how he “by no means” labored excessive or drunk (though he “actually labored hungover”), and he mentioned he was largely capable of perform as a part of the uber-successful “Friends” ensemble because of his castmates and the way they might “group round [him] and prop [him] up” like an injured penguin being supported by the opposite penguins.

“I used to be the injured penguin, however I used to be decided to not let these great individuals, and this present, down,” he wrote.

But that day in Perry’s trailer, Aniston instructed him plainly that he wasn’t getting away with something.

“‘We can scent it,’ she mentioned, in a type of bizarre however loving means, and the plural ‘we’ hit me like a sledgehammer,” Perry wrote.

“‘I do know I’m ingesting an excessive amount of,’ I mentioned, ‘however I do not precisely know what to do about it.'”

The “Whole Nine Yards” star additionally describes within the new e-book how his weight fluctuated wildly as a result of drugs making him sick and assuaging his urge for food, or alcohol inflicting him to be bloated.

“You can monitor the trajectory of my addiction if you happen to gauge my weight from season to season — when I’m carrying weight, it is alcohol; when I’m skinny, it is drugs. When I’ve a goatee, it is plenty of drugs.”

Perry even referenced particular factors within the hit present’s 10-season run and clued readers in to what was happening together with his addiction at the moment.

“By the top of season three, I used to be spending most of my time determining tips on how to get 55 Vicodin a day — I needed to have 55 on daily basis, in any other case I’d get so sick. It was a full-time job: making calls, seeing medical doctors, faking migraines, discovering crooked nurses who would give me what I wanted,” Perry wrote.

The actor lately mentioned he’s lastly able to share his experiences now that he’s safely on the opposite facet of addiction.

“I needed to share after I was secure from going into the darkish facet of every part once more,” Perry instructed People of the e-book. “I needed to wait till I used to be fairly safely sober — and away from the lively illness of alcoholism and addiction — to put in writing all of it down. And the primary factor was, I used to be fairly sure that it could assist individuals.”

“Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” by Matthew Perry, will probably be revealed by Headline on November 1.


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