In his new book, Matthew Perry talks about his attention-grabbing relationship with Julia Roberts in the mid-1990s and why it ended.
The actress recalls in her new memoir, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” according to an excerpt published by the Times of London, that Roberts expressed interest in appearing on “Friends,” but “would only do the show if she could.” to be [Chandler’s] story line”.
At the request of “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman, Perry sent Roberts three dozen roses and a witty card in an attempt to “burn” the “Pretty Woman” star into taking the job.
“Thus began a three-month courtship through daily faxes. This was pre-internet telephones, all our exchanges were done by fax. And there were many; hundreds,” Perry writes, “three or four times a day I would sit by my fax machine and slowly watch the paper reveal his next missive.”
Soon the faxes “turned romantic”, leading to “five hours” of phone conversations before the pair met face-to-face.
Finally, Roberts showed up at Perry’s door.
“When I opened it, there it was, a smiling Julia Roberts on the other side. I think I said something like, ‘Oh, that Julia Roberts,'” Perry recalls in the memoir, recalling the Chandler-esque reaction.
From there, the pair quickly began a relationship and were a couple when Roberts appeared on the episode of “Friends” that aired after the Super Bowl.
Perry describes some of the sweetest moments of their short-lived romance – including a visit to Roberts’ family in Taos, New Mexico, on New Year’s Day 1996 – but “two months later, I was single”.
“Meeting Julia Roberts was too much for me. I was constantly convinced that he was going to break up with me. Why wouldn’t he?” he writes
Referring to his own serious problems that he identifies as the core of his past addictive behavior, Perry adds, “I wasn’t good enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unlovable. So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing, I broke up with the beautiful and radiant Julia Roberts.’
CNN reached out to a representative for Roberts for comment.
In his memoir, Perry also discusses his struggles with alcohol and addiction and what ultimately led him to sobriety.
“I wanted to share when I was safe from going back to the dark side of everything,” Perry said of her new book People of the People. “I had to wait until I was fairly sober, and away from the active disease of alcoholism and addiction, to write it all down. And the main thing was, I was pretty sure it would help people.”
Matthew Perry’s “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” will be published by Headline on November 1st.