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Julia Roberts and Matthew Perry had a brief but impactful relationship, and with his sudden death, Roberts is remembering the late actor. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she revealed that nothing but “good thoughts” came to mind when reflecting on her time on “Friends.” She said, “They were all so welcoming to me as just a kind of a one-off character and it was a really fun time.”
Leading up to her appearance on “Friends,” Roberts had hit it off with Perry the most as they sparked a relationship. However, the “17 Again” actor revealed in his memoir that he was the one to call it quits with Roberts, per Us Weekly. He shared, “I had been constantly certain that she [Roberts] was going to break up with me. Why would she not? I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unlovable.” He continued, “So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts.” Despite the breakup, it was clear the two deeply cared about one another and still did even years later.
When speaking with ET in 2023, Roberts expressed her grief over Perry’s death. She said, “The sudden passing of anybody so young is heartbreaking. I think that, you know, it just helps all of us just appreciate what we have and to keep going in a positive way as best we can.”