As fans look forward to the release of Friends alum Matthew Perry’s memoir, we’re getting new details on what we can expect. The 52-year-old actor just officially announced his new project, taking to Twitter to open up about why he decided to pen a book. Now, sources are revealing more of what’s expected to be on the pages.
According to US Weekly, Perry is holding nothing back in his autobiography, titled Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing. A source tells the site that he wants to set the record straight on various rumors that have gone around about his life, including but not limited to his struggle with substance abuse and his time on the set of Friends. The insider dishes:
"“He wants to recount his experiences, both good and bad, to help others and set the record straight over a number of incidents that were either untold until now, taken out of context or in some cases totally twisted the wrong way and needing complete clarification.”"
Not only will Perry get into the far past, but he’s set to also discuss the Friends reunion, which just filmed and debuted in 2021. The source continues:
"“He’ll delve into his addictions, of course, plus clear up rumors about his feelings for the Friends costars. Plus, he’ll discuss what went wrong in a number of his past relationships. It wasn’t always a bed of roses for Matthew on and off the Friends set, and Matt isn’t going to sugarcoat the tougher times that he went through with the cast. He’ll also discuss what it was like at the reunion, both good and bad.”"
As fans of the actor know, he dealt with addiction during the time he was filming the beloved sitcom. He’s opened up in the past about how bad he actually got before going to rehab and getting sober, revealing that he doesn’t remember three years of his experience on set.
“From an outsider’s perspective, it would seem like I had it all,” Perry recalled in a 2013 interview. “It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism.”
After he got clean, Perry would still make headlines anytime he was seen in public — with some less flattering than others.
On top of that, there’s also been rumors that he had feelings for his on-screen love interest, Courteney Cox, with sources saying he never got over the actress. “Matthew’s always been in love with her,” an insider told US Weekly in 2019. Because this gossip has never been confirmed or denied by Perry, we hope he addresses his love life in his book.
At the end of the day, whatever Perry chooses to share with the world is his decision, but we’re sure fans are eager to get their hands on the book.
Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing hits bookshelves on Nov. 1, 2022. Pre-order it here!