Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston had actually met each other 3 years before they were cast on the hit TV show "Friends." However, it took Perry several more years to get over his crush on his co-star. Perry revealed his feelings and their special bond in his memoir, "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing," published in 2022.
According to Perry, Aniston gently rejected him before the first season of "Friends" in 1994. However, he still had feelings for her even after she began dating Brad Pitt in 1998. Interestingly, Pitt would later appear in a 2001 episode of "Friends." Perry mentioned in his book that he had
Perry and Aniston initially met through mutual acquaintances, and Perry was immediately attracted to her. He called her to share the news when he booked two gigs in one day before "Friends." Perry enthusiastically told Aniston that she was the first person he wanted to tell.
However, his excitement backfired, and Aniston sensed his strong feelings for her. Perry realized he made a mistake by asking her out, as she declined his invitation. To make matters worse, Perry blurted out that they couldn't be friends either.
Aniston confronted Perry about his addiction when they returned for the sixth season of "Friends." Perry explained in his book that he returned high on drugs, but everyone on set could tell something was wrong. Aniston approached him and told him that she knew he was drinking heavily. Perry was devastated and confused, as he had tried to hide his addiction.
The cast of "Friends" ultimately intervened when Perry's substance abuse became more apparent. They confronted him after he slurred his words during a run-through. Perry received help from a sober companion hired for the set, but it wasn't effective. Eventually, Perry made the decision to seek help after spending around $9 million on his journey to sobriety. He was reportedly clean at the time of his death.
The news of Perry's death hit Aniston hard. A source revealed that she had always been there for him during his struggles and genuinely believed that his worst days were behind him. She had dreaded this day for 20 years and wanted to help him in any way she could. The tragic loss came as a blow to Aniston, regardless of the circumstances surrounding Perry's death.