Matthew Perry Broke Julia Roberts’ Heart? Friends Alum Admitted He Was the One Who Initiated Split From the Pretty Woman Star

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Matthew Perry revisited his romance with the Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts in his upcoming memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing. In the book, she detailed how he convinced his ex-girlfriend to appear on Friends and why they split.

Matthew Perry Shares How He Convinced Julia Roberts To Appear On Friends

Perry and Roberts were an item between 1995 and 1996. According to Perry, who played Chandler Bling in the hit NBC sitcom, he wrote an entire paper about quantum physics to convince the Ticket to Paradise actress to appear on the comedy show.

The Notting Hill actress was offered a cameo but had a condition — she wanted to appear in Chandler's storyline. Perry decided to woo her and even sent her flowers.

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However, the Ocean's Eleven actress was not having any of it and asked for an adequately researched paper about quantum physics. If he would satisfy her, she would agree to be on the show.

"The following day, I sent her a paper all about wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle and entanglement, and only some of it was metaphorical," he wrote in the excerpt of his book published by the U.K.'s The Times. "Not only did Julia agree to do the show, but she also sent me a gift: bagels — lots and lots of bagels. Sure, why not? It was Julia f---ing Roberts."

Yes, Perry did impress Roberts. She appeared in Friends Season 2 episode, The One After the Superbowl, Part 2.

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Matthew Perry Shares Details About Julia Roberts' Romance And Split

Their exchange via fax machine sparked a friendship that eventually turned romantic. They eventually exchanged phone numbers and their first phone call lasted for five hours.

"After that we could not be stopped: five-hour conversations here, four-hour conversations there. We were falling; I wasn't sure into what, but we were falling," Perry wrote, Yahoo! Sports reported.

They met shortly afterward. By New Year's Eve of 1995, they were already a couple. They were already an item when they filmed Roberts' cameo on the sitcom.

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However, Perry, who has been struggling with addiction, didn't feel he was "enough" for the "beautiful and brilliant" actress. So, he eventually decided to break up with her.

"Dating Julia Roberts had been too much for me. I had been constantly certain that she was going to break up with me," he added. "So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts."


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