Friends star Matthew Perry and literary manager Molly Hurwitz have decided to end their relationship following a six-month engagement. The split came just five days following the Friends: The Reunion special.
“Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them. I wish Molly the best,” said Perry in a statement obtained by People.
The couple, between whom there is a 22-year age gap, announced their engagement on Thanksgiving 2020. “I decided to get engaged,” the actor told People. “Luckily, I happened to be dating the greatest woman on the face of the planet at this time.”
The split came just five days following the Friends: The Reunion special. During the special, some fans remarked on Perry’s alleged quietness, while others raised questions of his health, given the actor’s past struggles with addiction.
However, director Ben Wilson quickly came to the actor’s defense. “He was great,” Wilson said to the Hollywood Reporter. “People can sometimes just be unkind. I wish they weren’t. I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners in the show. I felt just happy and lucky to be in his presence and directing him on something like this.”
The sudden end of his relationship in conjunction with fans’ fears that Perry may be relapsing has prompted much speculation online. However, as reported by Page Six, sources close to the actor insist that fans need not worry and that Perry is still sober.