The world may remember Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing from the iconic sitcom ‘Friends,’ but there’s another chapter in his life that many might not know about. Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts, two Hollywood stars in their own right, shared a brief but memorable love story that began during the mid-1990s.
Their connection, as detailed in Perry’s memoir, ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,’ was both remarkable and heart-wrenching.
Fateful Meeting on the Set of ‘Friends’
Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts first crossed paths on the set of ‘Friends.’ Roberts expressed her interest in guest-starring in the show but with one condition – she wanted to be included in Chandler Bing’s storyline.
Perry was quick to respond, sending her three dozen red roses with a card that 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.”
In the early days of their budding romance, Perry and Roberts found a unique way to communicate – through faxes. In the pre-internet and pre-cell phone era of 1995, they exchanged “hundreds” of daily faxes, despite their busy schedules.
Perry described Roberts’ messages as “smart” and captivating, making it seem like she was “placed on this planet to make the world smile.” What began as an exchange of thoughts soon took a romantic turn.
The couple’s faxes began to “veer romantic,” leading to extensive five-hour phone conversations before they had even met face to face. Perry vividly recalled, “After that, we could not be stopped: five-hour conversations here, four-hour conversations there. We were falling; I wasn’t sure into what, but we were falling.”
How long did Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts Date
Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts dated for approximately six months before they decided to end their relationship in 1996. Their love story, while relatively short, left a lasting impression on both of them.
Despite the intense connection they shared, Perry’s personal struggles with addiction and profound insecurities ultimately led to the end of their relationship. Perry admitted that he felt Roberts was “slumming it” by being with him and constantly feared her breaking up with him.
He believed that he was not enough and could never be enough for the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts. In the end, his own insecurities led him to make the painful decision to break up with her.