Matthew Perry Shares Upbeat Photo in First Candid Post Since Split with Fiancée

Matthew Perry wants his fans to know that he's now experiencing "happy days," in his first non-promotional post since announcing his split from fiancée Molly Hurwitz.

The Friends star, 51, took returned to his Instagram account for the first time in a month on Wednesday, to share a candid photo of himself smiling while seated at a restaurant table.

Sporting a flipped black baseball cap, which matched his dark shirt, the actor flashed his pearly whites in the image, which he captioned: "Happy days..."

The post, which garnered more than 1 million likes within 12 hours, marked just the second time the star had returned to the image-sharing platform since announcing the end of his engagement to Hurwitz.

Perry's previous post, shared on June 9, featured the star posing in the limited edition Friends merchandise that he had been selling around the time of the sitcom's reunion special.

In a statement shared with People on June 2, Perry said that he wished literary manager Hurwitz, 29, "the best" as they embarked on separate lives.

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

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

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

The news came within days of Friends fans seeing Perry and his co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc in their long-awaited onscreen reunion, 17 years after their hit NBC sitcom ended.

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

He 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 during the reunion 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."

In an interview with People, published in October 2020, Perry's stepfather, Keith Morrison, said 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.

In 2016, the star said that he "couldn't remember" filming a number of Friends' seasons as he battled his demons, telling BBC Radio 2: "I was a little out of it at the time—somewhere between seasons three and six."

Speaking to the New York Times in 2002, one year after getting sober, the actor 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
Matthew Perry poses at a photocall for "The End Of Longing", a play which he wrote and starred in at The Playhouse Theatre, on February 8, 2016 in London, England. The star made a return to Instagram on Wednesday, one month after his last post on the image-sharing platform. Dave Benett/Getty Images