'Friends' star Matthew Perry reveals that he has been secretly hospitalised for three months, after major surgery
49-year-old 'Friends' star Matthew Perry reportedly underwent an operation last August to repair a hole in his stomach and he's been getting treatment all summer
Matthew Perry has secretly been hospitalized for three months following a stomach operation, the 'Friends' star has revealed. The 49-year-old actor has been cooped up in a hospital after having a major abdominal surgery, his latest in a series of health problems.
Matthew tweeted in the early hours of Saturday morning to update his fans on his condition. "Three months in a hospital bed. Check," he wrote.
Three months in a hospital bed. Check.— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) September 15, 2018
While the star, who played Chandler Bing in the hit New York-based sitcom, did not disclose further details about his health, it's believed the hospital stay is connected to his recent surgery to repair a gastrointestinal perforation.
He had the operation in August in a Los Angeles hospital, with his rep saying at the time: "He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals."
A gastrointestinal perforation – a hole in the stomach, large bowel or small intestine – can be caused by trauma to the area or from a number of diseases, including appendicitis and diverticulitis.
It's not the first time Matthew has had a medical emergency. The renowned actor has been open in the past about his previous addiction to the prescription painkiller Vicodin and his battle with alcohol abuse which he struggled to keep under wraps while filming 'Friends' in the 1990s.
He turned to drugs and booze after a jet ski accident in 1997, telling People magazine in 2013: "I did and I felt better than I ever felt in my entire life. I had a big problem with pills and alcohol, and I couldn't stop." Following which, he had a futile stint in rehab.
"You can't have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it solved in 28 days. Getting sober is a really hard thing to do," he explained to the publication.
It has been reported that Matthew would never drink on the 'Friends' set but often came to work hungover and suffering from withdrawal symptoms, resulting in the other 'Friends' stars begging him to get help.
The actor was in denial about his problems until 2001, when he suddenly flew to LA and checked into rehab. Matthew has now been sober for 17 years and even turned his Malibu mansion into a sober living home to help other addicts coming out of rehab.