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24th Oct 2022

Matthew Perry says he spent $9million trying to get sober

Tobi Akingbade

Some of us can only wish get our hands on that amount

Matthew Perry has revealed the staggering cost of his journey to sobriety.

The Friends star, 53, shared the head-turning amount of money he spent on getting help for his addiction in a recent interview with The New York Times, while promoting his upcoming memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.

The actor, while shared that he recently celebrated 18 months of sobriety, estimated: “I’ve probably spent $9 million or something trying to get sober.”

The timeline suggests that Perry was newly sober during the Friends reunion special, which aired in May 2021.

Perry’s net worth stands at $120 million (£106 million), according to Celebrity Net Worth.

The Chandler Bing actor made $22,500 (£19,900) per episode on the first season of Friends, with his salary rising to a whooping $1 million (£874,600)  per episode for the last two seasons (nine and ten).

This comes after he revealed that he nearly died from an opioid addiction, and detailed how his drug and alcohol addictions left him with a 2% survival after opioids caused his colon to burst and left him in a two-week coma.

The TV star is set to sit down with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer for an exclusive broadcast interview, airing Friday, October 28.

In the trailer Perry revealed that co-star Jennifer Aniston confronted him about his drinking and revealed to the actor that she and the rest of the cast ‘”know you’re drinking.”‘

He also shared Aniston’s continued support during his recovery: “[Aniston] was the one that reached out the most,’

He added: “I’m really grateful to her for that.”

The extent of Perry’s drug addiction was revealed on Thursday during his interview with People Magazine, while he was speaking about his upcoming memoir.

During this interview, Perry spoke about his decades long battle to rid himself of the disease of addiction.

The actor also said he had to go to rehab 15 times in a bid to get clean; his first bout was in 1997 and then again in 2001 and in 2011.

He revealed that he had to have 14 surgeries on is stomach and had to use a colostomy bag for nine months; he said his stomach has a number of scars from the multiple surgeries.

The 17 Again actor said news from his therapist keeps him from relapsing – he was told he may have to use a colostomy bag for the rest of his life if he takes drugs again.

Perry did not disclose when he got sober but said he is “pretty healthy” now and chooses to “count each day”.

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