Matthew Perry Details BTS ‘Friends’ Struggles in New Memoir


| LAST UPDATE 10/21/2022

By Tabitha Woodcock
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If you're a Central Perk-loving Friends fan, then it is no secret it wasn't always warm cups of coffee for Chandler Bing. Years after filming for the sitcom ended, the actor slowly began to open up about his struggles during the show. And now, he is telling all in his new memoir...

While everyone grew to love his sarcastic humor and witty approach, there were endless demons behind the beloved character. Perry made his television debut in 1994, when Friends premiered, and continued to act after the show finished in 2004. In addition to the trademarked Bing, the American-Canadian actor also appeared in Beverly Hills, 9012, Fools Rush In (1997), and alongside Zac Efron in the teen hit 17 Again (2009). However, throughout these experiences, Perry was powering through everyone's worst nightmare. In his new memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry addresses his alcoholism and other battles he faced throughout his acting experiences and how he got through them with those around him. 

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Perry has always been vocal about his situation. Although now, he is digging deeper in the hope that he can help others, shedding light on unspoken struggles. According to People, Perry revealed he over-used, resulting in complications and 5-months in the hospital. Since then, he has powered through, admitted himself into rehabilitation facilities 15 times, and recovered from 14 surgeries. Still, this memoir would be nothing without commending his sitcom support system; Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, Schwimmer, and LeBlanc. It wasn't all fun and games, as Perry revealed he would become stressed if a joke didn't succeed. He specifically recalls season 9 as special, considering he was haelthy throughout and even nominated for an award. Despite his wins, he also suffered losses after dropping down to 128 pounds, which didn't go unnoticed by his castmates. He explained, "It's like penguins. Penguins, in nature, when one is sick, or when one is very injured, the other penguins surround it and prop it up." But after overcoming almost every high and low one can face in their life, at 53, it is a fresh start for Mr. Bing.

 "I'm an extremely grateful guy. I'm grateful to be alive, that's for sure. And that gives me the possibility to do anything," he gushed. Perry's memoir is set to release on November 1st. And, well, could we BE any more proud? Stay tuned for more updates.

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