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Julia Roberts Breaks Silence on Ex Matthew Perry’s Death

Julia Roberts Breaks Silence on Ex Matthew Perry’s Death

Julia Roberts has offered her first comments in the wake of the death of Friends star and one-time boyfriend Matthew Perry. Roberts had a famous one-off appearance on the NBC sitcom back in 1996. In his memoir, Perry said at that time, he and Roberts had been involved in a three-month courtship.

“The sudden passing of anybody so young is heartbreaking,” Roberts said of Perry on Entertainment Tonight. “I think that, you know, it just helps all of us just appreciate what we have and to keep going in a positive way as best we can.” The actress recalled her time on Friends. She told ET’s Kevin Frazier, “All good thoughts and feelings. They were all so welcoming to me as just a kind of a one-off character and it was a really fun time.”

Matthew Perry Sent Julia Roberts Red Roses

Perry talked about meeting and getting to know Roberts in his book, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. “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.

“Three or four times a day I would sit by my fax machine and watch the piece of paper slowly revealing her next missive,” Perry wrote. “I was so excited that some nights I would find myself out at some party sharing a flirtatious exchange with an attractive woman.” Perry said he’d cut the conversation short so he could race home and see if he’d gotten a new fax.

Yet Perry would eventually break up with Roberts. He would fall into a comparison type of game. He believed a movie star like Roberts wouldn’t go out with a TV actor. None of it is true. Perry lulled himself into believing it.

Roberts’ Next Movie Coming Out Soon

Meanwhile, in Roberts’ new film, Leave the World Behind, there’s an apocalyptic feel to it. The movie thriller has Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, and Myha’la as costars. The movie hits theaters now and will be streaming on Netflix beginning Dec. 8. 

“It’s beautiful he could sort of be honored in that way,” Ali told Entertainment Tonight of the way Friends is included in the dialogue. “Or the show sort of be honored, coincidentally, at this time. So it’s kinda nice that it has a little space in there.”

Perry died on Oct. 28 after being found unresponsive in a hot tub. He was 54 years old. After his death, Perry’s family started The Matthew Perry Foundation. Its sole goal is to help people struggling with addiction and staying sober.

“It is important to us as a family to honor Matthew’s legacy,” his family said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight earlier this month. “The potential that the Matthew Perry Foundation has to help those suffering from this disease is something we are proud to bring to the world.”