Instead of riding high from participating in his widely acclaimed reunion with his “Friends” co-stars, Matthew Perry has been fending off several personal controversies, and now his engagement to his literary agent fiancée, Molly Hurwitz, has ended.
“Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them,” the 51-year-old actor told People in a statement on Wednesday. “I wish Molly the best.”
Matthew Perry Splits from Fiancé Molly Hurwitz: ‘Sometimes Things Just Don’t Work Out’? https://t.co/r6SyqlSQSd
— People (@people) June 2, 2021
While Perry tried to sound sanguine about the breakup, the news that his relationship was ending will no doubt add to concerns among “Friends” fans about his health and well-being. Perry, who has well-documented history of addiction to painkillers and alcohol, already sparked worries last week because he appeared to slur his speech during the “Friends: The Reunion” special.
Perry also has a well-documented history of being “unlucky” in love, with a string of failed relationships with actresses that include Julia Roberts, Yasmine Bleeth, Heather Graham, Lauren Graham and Lizzy Caplan, The Sun reported.
There was hope that Perry was finally going to settle down with Hurwitz, 29. After Perry proposed to Hurwitz in November, he told People: “Luckily, I happened to be dating the greatest woman on the face of the planet at this time.”
An insider also told Us Weekly that his friends hoped he would go “the distance with Hurwitz.”
“His inner circle have wanted to see him settle down for a long time, especially Courteney Cox,” the insider said. While Hurwitz had previously dated men in the entertainment industry, she also was said to prefer quiet nights at home, watching movies and eating home-cooked meals rather than going out to parties and premieres.
“She brought him to a place where he’s positive and confident,” the insider said. “Nobody can remember seeing him this happy. He’s got a spring in his step that wasn’t there before.”
But there also were reported signs of trouble in the relationship. He and Hurwitz, who began dating in 2018, briefly broke up last spring.
That’s apparently when Perry went looking for dates on the exclusive dating app, Raya. Unfortunately for Perry, a woman he connected with on Raya chose to go public last month with his attempts to get to know her, even after she told him she was only 19.
Kate Haralson, a Los Angeles-based personal assistant posted to TikTok a private FaceTime call she said she had with Perry back in May. She said her purpose in sharing the call, in violation of Raya’s strict privacy guidelines for members, was to reveal how older men in Hollywood men are “taking advantage” of young women on dating apps.
During the FaceTime chat, Haralson said Perry, then 50, laughingly asked her, “Am I as old as your dad?” He also suggested they get to know each other by playing a version of “20 Questions.”
While Haralson said none of Perry’s questions were sexual, she said she felt uncomfortable, especially because she said she was upfront about the fact that she was only 19.
“I feel like a lot of guys in Hollywood are talking to all these young girls, and it’s something that I think a lot of people should be aware of,” she told Page Six.
Haralson’s revelations helped spark a Twitter debate about older male stars being “creepy” on dating apps, as social media personality Chrissy Teigen said at the time. But Haralson and a woman who outed Ben Affleck’s Raya adventures also faced backlash for releasing private messages.
More concerns about Perry reared last week when he appeared to slur his speech during the “Friends: The Reunion” special. Sources close to Perry rushed to defend the star, telling The Sun he was still sober and attributed the slurred speech to “emergency dental work” that left him in pain during the two-day reunion shoot in April.
Both the director and executive producer of the reunion special also spoke up for Perry in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. Producer Kevin Bright said that Perry seemed “OK” and “stronger and better since the last time I saw him.” Director Ben Winston added Perry was “great” and his usually “brilliantly funny” self. Winston added that “people can sometimes just be unkind” in spreading rumors and speculation.
“Friends” fans also were concerned that Perry had abruptly quit Cameo, a video-sharing website that allows celebrities to send personalized messages to fans, the AV Club reported. Perry was apparently charging $999 to record a 20-second video to fans, but paused his account in December.