Matthew Perry Says Why He Was ‘Grateful’ to Jennifer Aniston Amid Addiction Battle

“Friends” star Matthew Perry recently shared how his former co-star Jennifer Aniston supported him during his past battle with alcohol and drug addiction.

In a trailer for an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC News released Friday, Perry said he had a “scary moment” when Aniston once confronted him about his drinking.

“She’s like, ‘We know you drink,'” Sawyer told Perry of Aniston’s lyrics at the time.

“Yeah, imagine how scary that was,” he replied. “She was the one who reached out the most. I’m really grateful to her for that.”

Aniston and Perry starred alongside Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox and Matt LeBlanc in the Emmy-hit sitcom, which ran from 1994 to 2004.

Perry, 53, opened up about his struggles with alcoholism and opioid addiction while filming the show and beyond in his new memoir, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.” He told People in a cover story published Wednesday that his alcohol addiction surfaced when he was cast in “Friends” in his mid-twenties.

He also told the publication that he nearly died in 2018 after his colon burst due to overuse of opioids. He was in a coma for two weeks and spent five months in hospital.

“The doctors told my family that I had a 2% chance of living,” he said.

Perry’s full interview with Sawyer will air Oct. 28 on ABC. It will also be available to stream on Hulu.

Need help with a substance use disorder or mental health issues? In the United States, call 800-662-HELP (4357) for SAMHSA National Helpline.


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