Renowned American actress Julia Roberts has broken her silence on the sudden and tragic death of her ex-boyfriend, Friends star Matthew Perry. Perry, who portrayed Chandler Bing in the iconic sitcom, was discovered unconscious in a hot tub at his Los Angeles residence on October 28. The news of his demise prompted an outpouring of tributes from celebrities, friends, family, and fans.
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Reminiscing on Friends Set and Expressing Grief
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Roberts shared her shock and sorrow over Perry’s untimely death. Roberts, 56, reminisced about her time on the set of Friends during a cameo appearance in the 1996 episode titled “The One After the Super Bowl,” where she played Chandler Bing’s childhood classmate. Reflecting on the experience, she stated, “They were all so welcoming to me as just a kind of a one-off character, and it was a really fun time.” Expressing her grief, she acknowledged, “The sudden passing of anybody so young is heartbreaking,” emphasizing the need to appreciate life and move forward positively.
A Romance in the Limelight: Perry and Roberts
The actress and Perry were romantically involved for six months between 1995 and 1996. Perry disclosed details of their relationship in his 2022 memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.” He revealed engaging in a “three-month-long courtship” off-camera during Roberts’ guest appearance on Friends. Perry’s memoir also contained a charming anecdote about sending Roberts three dozen red roses with a note expressing excitement about her involvement in the show.
“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,’” Perry wrote. He confessed to being so thrilled that he would cut short conversations at parties to rush home, hoping for a new fax from Roberts.
Julia Roberts’ Poignant Reflection
Julia Roberts’ poignant words echo the sentiments of many grieving fans and colleagues mourning the loss of Matthew Perry. His sudden death serves as a reminder of the fragility of life, prompting reflection on what truly matters and the importance of moving forward with a positive outlook.