A brand new report counters claims by Matthew Perry and a few of his mates, together with Jennifer Aniston, that he had been clear, sober and “in a great place” within the 19 months main as much as his stunning loss of life on Oct. 28.
The truth is, as sources near Perry advised Us Weekly, the beloved 54-year-old actor had been mendacity about his sobriety, together with throughout a promotional tour for his 2022 memoir, “Pals, Lovers, and the Horrible Factor.” In that e-book and in interviews, the “Pals” star spoke overtly about his decades-long battle with drug and alcohol habit, his a number of relapses, stints in rehab and dire well being penalties. However he offered these darkish instances as if they had been behind him, speaking about how he was in a great place and keen to assist different addicts.
However others near Perry advised Us Weekly that he continued to abuse prescribed drugs and to have interaction in different troubling, “abusive” habits.
“He was verbally, emotionally and bodily abusive,” one supply advised Us Weekly, who known as Perry a “manipulative” particular person. “All he knew how one can do was trigger ache and play the sufferer.”
A second particular person insisted to Us Weekly that Perry “wasn’t a horrible human being. (However) he was so warped in his habit that he wasn’t himself and the person he ought to be.” A technique Perry saved himself provided with medication was by way of ladies he met on the relationship app Raya, the supply mentioned. That method, he might get the medication in non-public when the ladies would come go to himself at his home.
“Addicts are sensible, and Matthew was sensible,” the supply mentioned.
The frequent view of Perry, together with proper after his loss of life, is that his life and profession had been lastly on the mend, compounding the tragedy of his loss of life. In accordance with Us Weekly and different experiences, he was in talks with filmmaker Adam McKay and others about some new initiatives, and he had taken up pickleball. On the morning of his loss of life, he left Aniston with the impression that he was doing properly. “I used to be actually texting with him that morning, humorous Matty,” Aniston advised Selection. “He was not in ache. He wasn’t struggling. He was blissful.”
Later that afternoon, Perry was discovered face down down within the scorching tub of his dwelling in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades neighborhood, useless from what initially gave the impression to be drowning. His post-mortem report quickly indicated that he was something however wholesome and blissful when he died, Us Weekly mentioned.
The 29-page doc, launched on Dec. 15, revealed that the actor had died from the “acute results of ketamine,” Us Weekly and different retailers reported. Whereas Perry had been on ketamine infusion remedy to deal with despair, the health worker concluded the medication in his system — equal to the quantity used throughout normal anesthesia — couldn’t have been from his final recognized remedy session, every week and a half earlier than he died.
Whereas the paperwork acknowledged that Perry had reportedly been clear for 19 months, it additionally instructed that Perry had been utilizing the drug recreationally, Us Weekly additionally reported.
One of many insiders advised Us Weekly that individuals who knew Perry greatest weren’t shocked that he died from an overdose, with one saying that the actor by no means obtained correct assist for his psychological well being and that he had turn out to be remoted. Along with his earnings from “Pals,” he was rich and didn’t must work, “so it created an setting to make use of,” the insider mentioned.
These insiders additionally described a terrifying darkish aspect to the charismatic, outwardly amiable actor. He was “abusive” in the way in which he handled some folks near him. In March 2022, he bodily assaulted Morgan Moses, his greatest good friend and “occasional sober companion,” after she confronted him at his dwelling about being excessive on prescribed drugs,” one of many sources advised Us Weekly.
“He threw (Moses) right into a wall and threw one thing at her and shoved her onto a mattress,” the primary supply advised Us Weekly, including that Perry had been recognized to punch partitions, flip tables and throw issues throughout indignant outbursts. After the incident, “he mentioned, ‘If I wished to harm you, I might have,’” in keeping with the supply.
A “mortified” Perry known as Moses to attempt to easy issues over. “He was panicking as a result of the one who was at all times by his aspect had left him,” the supply mentioned. The 2 tried to remain mates however in the end she couldn’t get previous the incident, Us Weekly reported.
The sources additionally revealed to Us Weekly that Perry confronted the specter of a lawsuit by an ex-girlfriend, who was in her 20s when she met Perry. She alleged that he was abusive and had gotten her hooked on medication, together with oxycodone and painkillers, the sources advised Us Weekly. The girlfriend had retained the providers of a high-profile legislation agency and ended up settling with Perry and signing a non-disclosure settlement, although she had proof to assist her claims.
“Their relationship was on and off for a couple of years,” the third supply mentioned. “The substance abuse was a giant a part of the breakup (and) it did flip tumultuous.” This supply additionally mentioned there was “an influence play” of their relationship, on condition that Perry was a well-known TV star and far older — in his late 40s and early 50s. “I believe he took loads of benefit of her as a result of he obtained her hooked on medication,” the supply mentioned.
Others in Perry’s life made extra allegations towards him, Us Weekly reported. The primary supply mentioned that one in every of his nurses left the career as a result of she was “traumatized” by her expertise with him. “He was merciless,” the supply mentioned. “He needed to pay for lots of ladies to go to remedy. He left loads of destruction.”
Whereas Perry was selling his e-book, the actor additionally engaged in reckless habits whereas below the affect, together with by crashing his Aston Martin. “He simply broken the automotive and nobody was harm, (however) he didn’t contemplate (that) he might have killed somebody,” the primary supply mentioned.
The concept he was sober when he doing his e-book tour “was a lie,” the primary supply advised Us Weekly. “He wished to promote books. Every part was crafted and manipulated; the reality wasn’t essential.”
The Us Weekly report additionally instructed that Aniston and Perry’s different “Pals” co-stars — Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — didn’t know him in addition to they believed, particularly after he turned remoted within the final years of his life.
“He lied to all of them about so many issues over time,” the primary supply advised Us Weekly. Perry typically mentioned destructive issues about his co-stars, maybe out of jealously turned that they had not struggled like he did. “He felt inferior (to them), so when he spoke negatively, it got here from that insecurity.”