Matthew Perry: I’m looking for love

Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry’s goal in life is to “meet the right woman” and “start a family”.

The 44-year-old actor has never been married and he has managed to keep his love life private over the years. In 1997 he completed a 28-day programme to tackle his addiction to the drug Vicodin and in 2001 he entered rehab again for abusing opioids, amphetamines and alcohol.

Now fully recovered, Matthew is looking to settle down. He also plans to continue supporting others who are going through similar struggles.

“My goals are more in life than work; meeting the right woman, starting a family. Continuing my quest to help people who can’t stop drinking moves me a lot. And trying to become a better man,” he told Time Out London when asked if he has any unfulfilled ambitions.

Matthew feels lucky to have overcome his substance abuse. He advises those suffering to share their problems and is still angered by British journalist Peter Hitchens’ claim that addiction is nothing more than a “fantasy”. The pair had a fiery exchange of words on Newsnight last December and Matthew is strongly against Peter’s view, especially since the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year, following an accidental overdose.

“I’m someone who came out the other side, who can live in a sober, happy fashion even when there’s still work to be done,” he explained. “If you’re having a problem, speak out, because it can be a very isolating disease. It wants you alone. I want to ask Peter Hitchens: ‘Do you think Philip Seymour Hoffman just felt like dying?’ No: he had a disease that made him do it.”

Matthew is best known for his role as Chandler in the hit TV series Friends, which ran for ten years from 1994. Even now, a decade since it finished, fans still refer to the star as his onscreen alter ego.

“No [it doesn't irritate me that people still conflate me with Chandler], it’s been a long time,” he explained. “I wouldn’t be sitting here, I wouldn’t have done the things I’ve done without it. Really, what you want out of fame is an on/off switch. If you need something, fame is great. But if you want to go for a walk, well, you just can’t do that anymore.”

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