Matthew Perry spent $9 million ‘trying to get sober’ as ‘Friends’ star details public battle with addiction
He was the oldest of four sons and grew up on Long Island with a mother who loved him dearly
Said in a recent interview, ‘Everything comes down to what’s in your heart’
Goes back to his family’s homestead near Lake Como, Italy, and has a farm near there
His mother left him when he was a teen, and he struggled as a child, leading to his father calling him a ‘lazy, worthless piece of shit’
His mother abandoned son after he was just five years old, saying he was ‘not good enough’
Eventually, she moved back to the US after he ran away from home to live with a family friend while his father was away
After his mother was divorced from his father, she married his dad. A decade later, she gave him up for adoption
When he was finally 18 he’started drinking’ because he was so miserable during his teen years in Italy
‘All the girls wanted to give me drugs’ in his teenage years, he says
Soon he developed alcohol hangovers and ‘got sober’ in a desperate attempt to be like his younger brother Steven
After an overdose and a stint in rehab, he was prescribed medication to stop his alcoholism
When he was finally 18 he ‘started drinking’ because he was so miserable during his teen years in Italy, it turns out and he started drinking because he was so miserable during his teen years in Italy, it turns out.
It wasn’t much of a reason, but he had been drinking heavily ever since he was a teenager.
Now 30, Perry had been drinking and using drugs for the previous ten years, most not in public, but rather in secrecy.
‘I was one of these sickos,’ he told the New York Times. ‘I thought I was going to die so I needed all the help in the world, and then I found drinking.’
In the years before his overdose, Perry had been seen around New York, but he said that when he was sober he found it difficult to make friends.