Matthew Perry speaks out after photos of himself looking 'disheveled' raise concern

Matthew Perry speaks out after photos of himself looking 'disheveled' raise concern

Matthew Perry has clapped back after a newspaper pointed out his "disheveled" appearance and "long dirty fingernails".

In the MailOnline article, published on Thursday, a reporter claimed Perry looked "unwell, was wearing stained clothing and his hands appeared to be swollen" in fresh pictures snapped in New York.

The newspaper said the pictures were likely a sign that the Friends star - whose struggle with addiction and depression has been well-documented in the media - is battlking with his health once again.

Speaking of Friends stars, Jennifer Aniston recently had some interesting comments on Rachel Green's future:

However, it appears the 49-year-old was left unimpressed by the piece. Perry took to Twitter on Friday, his usual sharp wit in hand, to assure the masses that he was "getting a manicure this morning".

"I’m getting a manicure this morning. That’s okay right? I mean it says man right in the word," he wrote.

Despite his quip, fans still remain worried by his rare public appearance, with many news outlets claiming it was the first time he's been spotted since August 2017.

"He looks significantly thinner. I'm worried now," wrote @om2kool. Fellow Twitter user @NathanBitencou1 added: "Keep Strong! We just wanna see u better and better." There has been no official comment from the 17 Again actor on his health, however.

The TV funnyman spent three months in hospital last year for a ruptured bowel, addressing his condition on Twitter in September, writing: "Three months in a hospital bed. Check."

Then, in February, he sparked concern among fans by tweeting: "I got kicked out of therapy today." A day later, he clarified the situation, putting: "Easy guys, it was just one session. I’m back in therapy where I belong :)."

The actor has been vocal in the past about his struggles with addiction. It first came to public attention in 1997 when he completed a 28-day program for a Vicodin addiction.

FRIENDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani -- Photo by: David Bjerke/NBCU Photo Bank Credit: Getty

Following this stint, he gave his fans a scare by losing close to 20 pounds. After this weight loss, he was admitted to a hospital for two weeks with acute pancreatitis, a condition caused by alcohol and drug abuse.

In 2001, he was filming Serving Sara in Texas when he suffered severe stomach pains and flew to Los Angeles to check into Marina del Rey's Daniel Freeman Hospital. He entered rehab in February for addiction to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol.

The 49-year-old joked in 2015 that he was an "award-winning alcoholic" after receiving an accolade from California-based rehabilitation organisation Phoenix House.

He has confessed in the past that he can't remember three years of filming hit show Friends due to the amounts of drugs he took and alcohol he drank.