Friends star Matthew Perry dies aged 54
Matthew Perry revealed the heartbreaking reason why he broke up with Julia Roberts in his tell-all memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.
The Friends star, who portrayed Chandler Bing in the hit sitcom, was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Saturday – which eerily happens to be his ex Julia’s birthday.
In his memoir, which was released last year, the 17 Again star wrote about his relationship with A-lister Julia – and the saddening reason why he called off their romance.
Julia, 56, guest-starred as Chandler’s childhood friend Susie Moss in 1996, an episode that aired after the Super Bowl.
Matthew claims the pair dated off-screen around the time of filming, but broke up with Julia because he felt “insecure” about himself and the relationship with her.
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In the book, he claims Julia only agreed to appear in the second season of Friends if he would be part of her character’s storyline in the episode.
He added that he tried to charm Julia by sending over “three dozen roses” with a note that read: “The only thing more exciting than the prospect of you doing the show is that I finally have an excuse to send you flowers.”
The actor said he struck up a friendship over fax with Julia, who had already starred in Pretty Woman by then.
The faxes, which “veered romantic”, then turned into “five-hour” phone calls between the pair. The Oscar winner then showed up at his door.
Matthew revealed they were a couple by the time they filmed together for the episode of Friends, and added that they even celebrated New Year’s Eve together that year.
He, however, said that he dumped Julia two months later, saying that dating her had been “too much” for him.
Discussing being plagued by his own insecurity, he said: “I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unlovable. So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts.”
A 911 call made from Matthew’s home on Saturday references “drowning” just moments before first responders found him unresponsive in a jacuzzi.
In a heartbreaking statement, the late actor’s family members wrote: “We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother.
“Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. You all meant so much to him and we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of love.”
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