Matthew Perry Reveals Why He and Julia Roberts Broke Up

Matthew Perry’s memoir “Buddies, Lovers, and the Large Horrible Factor” dives into a few of the most troublesome elements of the actor’s life. In it, Perry guarantees to get remarkably candid about all the things from his struggles with dependancy to sure questionable choices he made — like breaking apart with Julia Roberts. In an excerpt from the memoir printed within the U.Ok.’s The Times on Oct. 25, Perry revealed he had a secret relationship with Roberts, however his low vanity made him break up along with her.

Within the excerpt, Perry shared that Roberts agreed to make a visitor look on “Buddies” — however she “would solely do the present if she could possibly be in my storyline,” he wrote. In an effort to get her on the present, Perry despatched Roberts a bundle of roses together with a notice that learn, “The one factor extra thrilling than the prospect of you doing the present is that I lastly have an excuse to ship you flowers.” Per Entertainment Weekly, Roberts replied by asking Perry to clarify quantum physics to her, and the following day Perry despatched again an in-depth rationalization about wave-particle duality.

In response, Roberts despatched him a bunch of bagels, and the pair quickly started a three-month relationship, usually speaking by means of faxes. They even rang in 1996 with a romantic New Yr’s Eve collectively. “She made me really feel just like the king of the world,” Perry wrote. Roberts additionally wound up guest-starring on the “Buddies” episode “The One After The Superbowl, Half 2,” which aired on Jan. 28, 1996 — taking part in a personality who was obsessive about Perry’s character, Chandler.

However Perry wound up breaking apart with Roberts due to his personal private insecurities. “Relationship Julia Roberts had been an excessive amount of for me,” he wrote. “I had been consistently sure that she was going to interrupt up with me. Why would she not? I used to be not sufficient; I may by no means be sufficient; I used to be damaged, bent, unlovable. So as a substitute of dealing with the inevitable agony of dropping her, I broke up with the attractive and good Julia Roberts.”

Perry’s memoir, which might be launched Nov. 1, dives deep into the actor’s struggles, which embody dependancy points that led to fifteen stays in rehab and 14 abdomen surgical procedures, in keeping with People. “I believe they will be stunned at how dangerous it received at sure instances and the way near dying I got here,” Perry wrote. However by writing the ebook and airing out his secrets and techniques, Perry hopes to assist folks really feel much less alone. “My hope is that folks will relate to it, and know that this illness assaults everyone,” he added. “It would not matter in the event you’re profitable or not profitable, the illness would not care.”

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