He did his third stint in rehab in May 2011, when a representative for the star said it was to prevent a relapse.
Matthew said in a statement in 2011: “I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery. Please enjoy making fun of me on the World Wide Web.”
In 2021, the cast of Friends reunited on screen for the first time in 17 years after being delayed by a year due to the Covid pandemic.
The actor stammered in the special, even slurring together his words at one point.
Though his speech was stilted, Matthew’s physical appearance was on the healthier side.
Ben Winston, who directed Friends: The Reunion, said of those commenting on Perry’s appearance during the HBO Max special: “He was great. People can sometimes just be unkind. I wish they weren’t.
“I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners in the show. I felt just happy and lucky to be in his presence and directing him on something like this.”