Jennifer Aniston Pours Her Heart Out in Farewell Message to Matthew Perry
Jennifer Aniston opened up about her “little brother,” Matthew Perry, with a heartbreaking farewell message to him. The emotional tribute includes one of the final texts Perry ever sent to Aniston.
Jennifer Aniston was the last member of the Friends main cast to break her silence on Perry’s death.
Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Jennifer Aniston all decided to pay tributes on social media to their longtime friend and co-star Matthew Perry. Aniston’s message was the last, and she chose a special interaction between her and Perry to say goodbye to him publicly.
“Oh boy, this one has cut deep... Having to say goodbye to our Matty has been an insane wave of emotions that I’ve never experienced before,” she wrote. “We all experience loss at some point in our lives. Loss of life or loss of love. Being able to really SIT in this grief allows you to feel the moments of joy and gratitude for having loved someone that deep. And we loved him deeply.”
“He was such a part of our DNA. We were always the 6 of us. This was a chosen family that forever changed the course of who we were and what our path was going to be,” she continued. “For Matty, he KNEW he loved to make people laugh. As he said himself, if he didn’t hear the ’laugh,’ he thought he was going to die. His life literally depended on it. And boy, did he succeed in doing just that. He made all of us laugh. And laugh hard.”
“In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been poring over our texts to one another. Laughing and crying, then laughing again. I’ll keep them forever and ever. I found one text that he sent me out of nowhere one day. It says it all,” she said of a text message she screenshotted.
“Matty, I love you so much, and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain. I talk to you every day... sometimes I can almost hear you saying, “could you BE any crazier? Rest, little brother. You always made my day,” she ended.
Matthew and Jennifer met each other way before Friends.
The way they met could’ve become a plot for a Friends episode. They met 3 years before the show through mutual friends, and Matthew was so astonished by her that he tried to ask her out. “I was immediately taken by her (how could I not be?) and liked her, and I got the sense she was intrigued too — maybe it was going to be something,” said Matthew, remembering the beginning of their relationship.
Jennifer turned him down but said she’d love to be friends with him, and so that’s the way it was.
Jennifer was always there for him when times got rough.
Sudden fame, along with a huge workload, turned out not to be easy for Matthew, and he went into a dark period of self-destructive behavior. He described that period as being “in a dark room” and “completely alone.”
It’s hard to imagine the possible consequences of this if it weren’t for his co-stars. Jennifer Aniston stepped in to lend her friend a hand, and she confronted Matthew directly. That moment was scary for him, Matthew confessed. However, at the same time, he was very thankful to Jennifer. “She was the one who reached out the most, you know. I’m really grateful to her for that,” he remembered.
Matt LeBlanc, who co-starred in Friends alongside Perry as Joey Tribbiani, was the first member of the cast to break the silence on Perry’s death. LeBlanc publicly said goodbye to his longtime friend with a touching tribute on social media.