Matthew Perry has concerned fans after tweeting that he was 'kicked out of therapy'
A recent tweet actor Matthew Perry shared with his 1.26 million followers has his fans a little worried for his wellbeing.
The 49-year-old has battled with addiction for many years, opening up about his struggles with alcoholism and drug abuse in an interview with ABC news last year. "Mostly it was drinking and opiates. I think I was pretty good at hiding it but eventually people are aware," he said at the time.
He was fighting this battle even when filming the immensely popular sitcom Friends, as he explained to People Magazine. "I couldn’t stop," he told them in 2013. "Eventually things got so bad that I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew."
Later, he checked into a rehabilitation centre in both 1997 and 2001, but he didn't find the 28-day rehabilitation programs that effective. "You can’t have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it be solved in 28 days," he explained to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, a recent post to his Twitter account was a little worrying for those that have followed his journey."I got kicked out of therapy today," the tweet read.
His tweets are usually quite blunt and to-the-point, even when he's referring to serious issues. For instance, when he was rushed to hospital for surgery following a gastrointestinal perforation, he simply tweeted, "Three months in a hospital bed. Check."
Following his tweet on Wednesday, many of his fans came forward to show their support for him. "I don’t know what is going on, but I hope you are alright and have people to support you," one Twitter user wrote.
Meanwhile, another said: "Please feel better. I hope you’re okay. You deserve love and happiness. You made me laugh when I was having rough times and always got me through it. You’re a brilliant, talented man and some day I believe you’ll see light in life. Addiction and depression will not rule you."
Back in 2015, the actor reportedly got sober by checking into the California-based treatment centre, Phoenix House. Speaking to THR that year, he spoke about how his celebrity status means he can speak up about these issues and do a little good for the world:
"When I was in big trouble, it was so public because I was on a TV show that 30 million people were watching. The fact that I [am] on TV makes people listen a little bit more, so I take advantage of that from time to time.
"I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades. But the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I will say, ‘Yes. I know how to do that.'"
Hopefully, Perry's mysterious tweet isn't as bad as it looks, but if so, let's hope that he's in a good mental state.