At one point in time he was arguably one of the most famous actors in the world, but life has not been all rainbows and butterflies for Friends star Matthew Perry.
On screen he made us all laugh as Chandler Bing, but when the cameras were off, he was constantly in a dark place. Perry admitted to going through “a very lonely time” for years because of his drug and alcohol addiction.
“It was going on before Friends, but it’s a progressive disease,” he explained. “I was never high at work. I was painfully hungover. Then eventually things got so bad I couldn’t hide it and everybody knew.”
Perry eventually sought help and did a stint in rehab in 1997, but the years of substance abuse had already taken a toll on his body. He was later diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, a rare pancreatic inflammation.
In August 2018, the actor’s rep confirmed that he underwent surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation (GP), which is a “life-threatening condition” that “occurs when a hole forms all the way through the stomach, large bowel, or small intestine,” according to Healthline.com.
The following month, Perry returned to social media to update fans about his condition, revealing that he was going through a slow and painful recovery that confined him to a hospital bed for three months.
Shortly after, a source close to the actor reassured his fans that he’s going to be fine and was finally ready to go home.
However, just when we thought things were getting back to normal, Perry has given fans another scare.
The 17 Again star, who has always been open about his struggles with addiction and mental illness, shared a cryptic message on Twitter about how his therapy his progressing and it raised some red flags.
“I got kicked out of therapy today,” he wrote.
Perry’s fans immediately responded with over 2.5K messages of support, encouraging him to hang on.
Please feel better ❤️ I hope you’re okay. You deserve love and happiness. You made me laugh when I was having rough times and always got me through it. You’re a brilliant, talented man and some day I believe you’ll see light in life. Addiction and depression will not rule you.
— alexa (@LexieRedLipz) February 6, 2019
I hope everything is okay with you, sending love ♥️
— Julia❥ (@Julia_Osterlund) February 6, 2019
Remember, you are a strong person with lots of family , friends and fans that are here for you ! Stay strong 💪
— sheila clifford (@mrsdoyle123) February 7, 2019
We are hoping that you can overcome your problems. You made us smile for many years and deserve a happy life! Receive our positive energies. pic.twitter.com/W9O5XU3llC
— 🌹PLQueen Destruída por EndGame (@lopes_paty2011) February 6, 2019
I hope you are well. Please take care of yourself. Thank you for the joy you’ve given the world. I hope one day soon you will have joy and peace in your life.
— Ann Dillon Tannous (@VieChantant) February 7, 2019
Some longtime fans even used references from Friends to lift up his spirits.
Just remember, you are a strong, confident woman, who doesn’t need therapy.
— Kowalski (@Kowalski_24_) February 6, 2019
Perry and his representatives did not immediately comment, but once the concern started to grow even more, the actor set the record straight with a follow-up tweet the next day.
“Easy guys, it was just one session. I’m back in therapy where I belong:),” he tweeted.
Easy guys, it was just one session. I’m back in therapy where I belong:)
— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) February 7, 2019