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Matthew Perry recalls ‘scary’ confrontation with Jennifer Aniston over his addiction

Perry added that Aniston’s support was desperately needed in his recovery journey. “She was the one that reached out the most,” he said.
/ Source: TODAY

Matthew Perry is opening up about his decades-long battle with addiction, and how Jennifer Aniston was the friend who really stepped up and intervened.

The revelations are coming in his upcoming memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” and an interview with Diane Sawyer set to air on ABC on Friday, Oct. 28.

In a sneak peek of Sawyer’s interview with Perry, the 53-year-old “Friends” star details his substance issues like never before.

“Secrets kill you,” Perry said in the preview clip, obtained by E! News. “Secrets kill people like me.”

Jennifer Aniston and  Matthew Perry on Jan. 23, 1995 in Century City, Calif.
Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry on Jan. 23, 1995, in Century City, Calif.Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

“At the time I should have been the toast of the town,” he added. “I was in a dark room meeting nothing but drug dealers and completely alone.”

Sawyer lists “methadone, Xanax, full quart of vodka” as Perry’s drugs and booze of choice, before he adds “55 Vicodin a day.”

Later in the preview clip, Perry is asked about Aniston, whom he calls Jenny, detailing a confrontation the two had at the height of his addiction.

Sawyer quotes Aniston as saying: “We know you’re drinking.”

“Imagine how scary a moment that was,” Perry responds.

Perry added that Aniston’s support was desperately needed in his recovery journey. “She was the one that reached out the most,” he said, adding, “I’m really grateful to her for that.”