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Matthew Perry has some real friends in his corner.
The “Friends” star did not relapse; he is just reportedly recovering from “emergency dental surgery.”
Perry raised concern during the sneak peek of the iconic show’s upcoming reunion where he appeared to be slurring his words on camera and appeared distant during an accompanying video interview with People.
But a source reportedly said that the actor – who battled substance abuse in the past, even once admitting he’d forgotten three years of the hit show – hasn’t relapsed, but instead had recently undergone “emergency dental surgery” before the much-delayed special, which was filmed last month.
“Matthew turned up to the reunion...and members of his team said that he had an emergency tooth procedure that day,” the source reportedly told The Sun. “That was said to impact his well being and also how he was feeling.”
The unidentified person furthered: “He had been in pain from what we understand, which caused the slurred speech,” adding, “Obviously no one wants to film after a procedure, but it happened.”
“Matthew has told those around him that he is sober, and there is no need to worry,” the source tells the paper about the 51-year-old actor who gained notoriety for his portrayal of Chandler Bing on the NBC sitcom from 1994 to 2004.
The Williamstown, Massachusetts native first entered rehab in 1997, spending 28 days at a Hazelden Betty Ford facility in Minnesota for a Vicodin addiction. In May 2000, Perry was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for pancreatitis, an inflammation condition of the pancreas from alcohol abuse
“Friends: The Reunion Special” launches on HBO Max in May 27.