What Matthew Perry Said About His Break Up With Molly Hurwitz

Matthew Perry has announced the end of his engagement to fiancée Molly Hurwitz, six months after he revealed the couple's plans to wed.

The Friends star, 51, said in a statement to People that he wished literary manager Hurwitz, 29, "the best" as they embarked on separate lives.

He told the publication: "Sometimes things just don't work out and this is one of them. I wish Molly the best."

Hurwitz, whose Instagram account is private, has yet to publicly comment.

Perry and Hurwitz began dating in 2018, going on to announce their engagement in late November 2020.

"I decided to get engaged," Massachusetts-born Perry told People at the time. "Luckily, I happened to be dating the greatest woman on the face of the planet at this time."

Perry and his Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc recently got together for a long-awaited onscreen reunion, 17 years after their hit NBC sitcom came to an end.

During the broadcast of Friends: The Reunion, which was released May 27, Perry candidly spoke of the pressures he endured during his decade-long run of playing Chandler Bing.

The screen star told how the cast would act out their lines in front of a live studio audience before taping, so that writers could alter any jokes that didn't land.

However, Perry confessed that he was regularly hit with bouts of anxiety as he feared the audience would not laugh at his jokes.

"To me, it felt like I was going to die if they didn't laugh," he said. "It's not healthy, for sure, but I would sometimes say a line and they wouldn't laugh and I would sweat and just go into convulsions if I didn't get the laugh I was supposed to get. I would freak out."

After previews for the HBO Max special were released, fans took to social media to express their concerns for Perry's health, as they claimed he was slurring his words.

Friends executive producer and director Kevin Bright subsequently told The Hollywood Reporter: "I think he's OK. I talked to him. It was great seeing him again.

"And what people say is what people say. I don't have any[thing] to say about that, except it was great to see him. And I think he's very funny on the show."

He added: "But yes, I think he's OK. He seems stronger and better since the last time I saw him, and excited about going forward."

In an interview with People, published in October 2020, Perry's stepfather, Keith Morrison, stated that the star went through a "hard" time after a gastrointestinal perforation left him bedridden for three months in 2018.

"We were able to be with him a lot of the time through that, which was I think good for everybody," said Dateline correspondent Morrison. "It's awful when people have a serious [illness] and have to have operations and worry about whether or not they're going to make it through."

Perry has been open about having had "a big problem with alcohol and pills" during the height of his long-running sitcom's popularity.

Back in 2016, the star confessed that he "couldn't remember" filming a number of Friends' seasons as he battled his demons.

"I was a little out of it at the time—somewhere between seasons three and six," he told BBC Radio 2.

Speaking to the New York Times in 2002, one year after getting sober, he said: "When [fame] happens, it's kind of like Disneyland for a while.

"For me it lasted about eight months, this feeling of 'I've made it, I'm thrilled, there's no problem in the world.' And then you realize that it doesn't accomplish anything, it's certainly not filling any holes in your life.

"I didn't get sober because I felt like it. I got sober because I was worried I was going to die the next day."

"Friends" star Matthew Perry calls off engagement
Matthew Perry poses at a photocall for "The End Of Longing," a new play which he wrote and stars in at The Playhouse Theatre, on February 8, 2016 in London, England. The actor has announced the end of his engagement to literary manager Molly Hurwitz. Dave Benett/Getty Images