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Matthew Perry Reveals He Dumped Julia Roberts For THIS Reason

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By Favour Adegoke on October 23, 2022 at 8:30 PM EDT
Updated on October 24, 2022 at 7:35 AM EDT

“Friends” actor Matthew Perry admits he broke up with Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts because he was afraid she would leave him. He played Chandler Bing in the popular sitcom alongside Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc.

Perry is gearing up to release his memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” on November 1. According to an excerpt from the book, it will deal with several deep issues concerning the actor’s past struggles and relationships.

Amongst several other things, Perry notably talked about his short-lived romance with Roberts and what pushed him to end things with the “Notting Hill” actress.

Read on to learn more.

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‘Friends’ Producers Asked Matthew Perry To Contact Julia Roberts

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Perry revealed in his memoir that he started courting Roberts after the producers of “Friends” asked him to reach out to her. She had previously been contacted to appear in the sitcom; however, the actress revealed that she would only do so if her character had a storyline with Perry’s Chandler.

“I sent her three dozen red roses, and the card 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 Times revealed. “Not only did Julia agree to do the show, but she also sent me a gift – bagels, lots and lots of bagels.”

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Perry said he courted Roberts for three months after the actress finally agreed to make a guest appearance in “Friends.” The Oscar winner had a film project in France at the time, so the former couple communicated via fax. They officially started dating before the filming for the episode commenced.

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He Said Dating Julia Roberts Was ‘Too Much’ For Him

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Further on in the memoir, Perry recalled the duo exchanging messages “three or four times a day” via fax, and he would wait by his machine each time for her letters.

The actor wrote, “I was so excited that some nights I would find myself out at some party sharing a flirtatious exchange with an attractive woman and cut the conversation short, so I could race home and see if a new fax had arrived. Nine times out of ten, one had.”

Despite the enthusiasm at the start of the relationship, Perry ended things with Roberts just two months after the actress made her guest appearance on the show. He claimed dating her was “too much” for him, and he constantly worried she would break it off with him soon.

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“Dating Julia Roberts had been too much for me. I had been constantly certain that she was going to break up with me. Why would she not? I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unlovable,” Perry admitted per DailyMail. “So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts.”

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Matthew Perry Said He Had A Terrifying Experience With Opioids

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The “Fools Rush In” actor also talked about his terrifying brush with death due to opioid addiction. Perry revealed that he was admitted into a rehabilitation center five years after splitting with Roberts and watched her win her first Oscar award for “Erin Brockovich.”

He explained that at the time, he was “sweating and twitching” and surrounded by other patients in the facility. “As she made her speech,” Perry recalled. “A voice rose in that room in that rehab, urgent, sad, soft, angry, pleading, filled with longing and tears. I made a joke. ‘I’ll take you back,’ I said. ‘I’ll take you back.’”

The actor revealed that the entire room broke into laughter after his comment. “This was real life now,” he continued. “Those people on the TV were no longer my people. No, the people I was lying in front of, shaking, covered in blankets, were my people now.”

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Matthew Perry Says He 'Was Taken' By Jennifer Aniston

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Roberts was not the only “Friends” cast Perry held romantic feelings for. In his memoir, the actor revealed that he was captivated by Aniston when they met; however, his feelings were not reciprocated. The duo met each other three years before starring in “Friends” via mutual friends.

According to Perry, at the time, he landed two acting jobs in one day and reached out to Aniston and told her. He said, “‘You’re the first person I wanted to tell this to.’ Bad idea. I could feel ice forming through the phone.”

The actor revealed that the “We’re the Millers” actress probably thought he liked her too much, and he made the issue worst by asking her out. “She declined (which made it very difficult to actually go out with her) but said that she’d love to be friends with me,” Perry said.

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