In his new memoir, Matthew Perry recalls going on a date with Cameron Diaz and claims that the actress hit him in the face.
Matthew Perry's memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is all set for release on November 1st. While the book majorly discusses Perry's long-term struggles with prolonged addiction, he also pens several anecdotes from his love life. The FRIENDS star talks about his dating experiences, crushes, and relationships in the book. In one such anecdote, Perry recalls taking Cameron Diaz out on a date, which ended up with her punching him in the face. As bad as it sounds, Perry writes about what exactly happened. The actor says he met Diaz in 2007, shortly after her breakup with Justin Timberlake. At a group dinner party, Perry remembers that she was "immediately stoned" and "wasn't interested in [him] at all." They were playing a Pictionary game when he said something witty to Diaz, prompting her to "accidentally" punch his face. Allegedly, she was aiming for the shoulder. To this clumsy reaction, Perry's response was "Are you f**king kidding me?" as per Fox News.
Perry also talks about romancing Julia Roberts for a brief period before breaking up with her. They were dating in the 1990s, when Roberts appeared as a guest on FRIENDS, and remained a couple till a year later. He says that dating the Ocean's Eleven actress was "too much" because he kept expecting her to call off the relationship. "Why would she not? I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unloveable," he recalled. "So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts," Perry wrote in an excerpt published by the Times UK. "She might have considered herself slumming it with a TV guy, and TV guy was now breaking up with her. I can’t begin to describe the look of confusion on her face."
Perry also wrote about accidentally hitting Chevy Chase in the b*lls and allegedly "beating up Canadian Prime Minister" Justin Trudeau when they were children. While he talks about crushing on his co-star Jennifer Anniston and kissing Valerie Bertinelli in 1990 with Eddie Van Halen sleeping right beside him, and several other snippets from his life, he mainly talks about his journey of overcoming addiction after a medical crisis.
According to PEOPLE, Perry said, "I wanted to share when I was safe from going into the dark side of everything again. I had to wait until I was pretty safely sober—and away from the active disease of alcoholism and addiction—to write it all down. And the main thing was, I was pretty certain that it would help people." The actor has publicly acknowledged the immense medical difficulties he faced due to his addiction. He spent weeks fighting for his life after his colon burst from opioid overuse, two weeks in a coma, and five months in the hospital. Eight of his ribs were shattered during CPR after his heart stopped for five minutes during surgery.
"The doctors told my family that I had a 2 percent chance to live," he recalls. "I was put on a thing called an ECMO machine, which does all the breathing for your heart and your lungs. And that's called a Hail Mary. No one survives that." After such a close call with death, Perry persevered to recover and subsequently penned his memoir.
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