For many years as a young guy, Matthew Perry believed he lacked sexual potential. The book Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir, written by the actor, 53, came out on Tuesday, and it includes yet another account of how his addiction damaged his life.
Matthew Perry first drank when he was 14. Later, out of anxiousness, he started sexual experimentation only after drinking “six beers prior.” At 15, he believed he had “a dick that didn’t appear to want to work” because he “couldn’t perform.”
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Sex sounded incredibly fun, but it was not in my toolbox, which meant that in my mind and at least in my underwear, I was born without the ability to have sex. He wrote, “I failed to correlate the booze and my private parts not working.
And no one could know about this. No one. So I was walking around the planet thinking sex was something for others for a long time. Years. When Matthew Perry started dating Tricia Leigh Fisher, the actress and singer who is the half-sister of the late Carrie Fisher and the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens, he discovered this was untrue.
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Perry, 18 when the relationship first began, remembered Tricia, now 53, as charming. She also treated the undiagnosed impotence that he had. Matthew Perry initially told Tricia he wanted to wait until he was married to have sex to conceal his secret from being discovered, citing his Catholic upbringing.
However, he asserted that Tricia took matters into her own hands when they were alone at his studio apartment two months later. He claimed he was both in love and terrified that his secret would be discovered. To avoid being abandoned himself, he disclosed to her “the whole horrible narrative,” admitting that he “was impotent and always would be.
That it was no use, he was taken to the bedroom after Trisha informed him gently and simply that his inability to perform “was never going to happen again.” He chuckled, “Sure enough, pure splendour for two solid minutes. Tricia, “a gorgeous woman that deserved better,” credited with helping him lose his virginity.
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Everything about me, at least physically, functions excellently. Impotence has not been part of my language since, as she promised it would not be. How did he pay Tricia back, too? He continued, “by sleeping with practically every lady in Southern California.”
Perry tells numerous tales of relationships and romances in his book, including how he kissed Valerie Bertinelli, a co-star from the Sydney film, in 1990 when she was still legally wed to Eddie Van Halen. He wrote of dating Julia Roberts during the Friends era and ending their relationship out of concern that she would leave him first.
“About 3 out of every 4 people who have a substance use problem will eventually recover.” https://t.co/uNBuTQToEf
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He claimed to have had a disastrous date with Cameron Diaz after Friends and sex with Gwyneth Paltrow. While these love triangle tales are sleazy, Perry’s goal in authoring the book was to share his decades-long battle with alcohol and drug addiction. When Friends was at its peak, he was ingesting 55 tablets every day.
After his colon exploded in 2018, he was in danger. It didn’t deter him from using, though. Two years later, he experienced another close call. The past 18 months have seen him remain sober. Now available in Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir.