For Friends fans, the reunion special was the event we’d been waiting a long time for. For others – mainly Matthew Perry – it seems to have been a catalyst for misery. Not even a week after the special aired, the 51-year-old actor announced that he had split from his fiancée of seven months, Molly Hurwitz.
In a statement, Matthew said, “Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them. I wish Molly the best.”
The pair had been together since 2018, and largely kept their relationship out of the spotlight. But we’re told the 29-year-old talent manager and producer was fed up with having to act like a mother figure to the actor.
“Molly has been holding his hand and taking care of Matthew ever since they got engaged,” an insider tells heat.
“She said it couldn’t work if Matthew was unable to stand on his own two feet and be more self-sufficient.”
On Wednesday, the actor’s longtime confidante – Briana Brancato – took to her Instagram Story to share a mirror selfie she took using a car window to show off “work attire,” which included a black hoodie with a photo of the 51-year-old Friends star making the shape of a heart with his hands.
And if that weren’t enough of a sign that there’s more than just “work” going on between these two, Briana also shared a TikTok video of herself letting out a sexy rawr, accompanied by the caption, “Me when I find someone who can handle me.”
Internet sleuths first began speculating that romance was in the air just last week after Matthew posted a photo of himself and Briana sitting very closely next to one another on a couch, both wearing his new merchandise. He captioned the shot, “Ready for the long weekend and an even longer bath! After a week like this, I know my team is!” Many followers left comments saying they were confident the two were an item.
Brancato has worked for Perry since September 2015, managing “all aspects of [his] day to day schedule including the high level coordination between executive team and the studio’s [sic].”
Briana says she has “strong experience in dealing with media, public exposure, security, and privacy,” coordinates all of Matthew’s travel, and is responsible for all aspects of managing his estate.
Honestly, she seems like an ideal mate for him.
Then – not a week after posting the viral couch photo with Brancato – Perry announced he had called off his engagement to 29-year-old literary manager Molly Hurwitz.
“Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them,” he said in a statement. “I wish Molly the best.”
Perry began dating Hurwitz in 2018 and proposed last November. At the time, he gushed that she was “the greatest woman on the face of the planet.”
While a source previously said Hurwitz secretly loved the attention she got from dating Perry, she was also a positive influence on his life. Matthew’s inner circle – including his pal and former co-star, Courteney Cox – reportedly hoped he and Molly would “go the distance.”
“She brought him to a place where he’s positive and confident,” the insider said. “Nobody can remember seeing him this happy. He’s got a spring in his step that wasn’t there before.”
News of the split came on the heels of the actor’s bizarre behavior during the Friends reunion with former co-stars Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, which aired on HBO Max.
“The cast knows there is something going on with Matthew. What we got to see on TV was Matthew at his best,” sources told Radar at the time, calling the actor’s troubling appearance just “the tip of the iceberg.”
“We didn’t get to see all the edited footage and him backstage before and after the cameras were rolling,” our insiders said. “It wasn’t pretty.”
To viewers, Perry – who played Chandler Bing on the long-running NBC sitcom – appeared disheveled while displaying signs of delayed speech during the special. Sources later claimed the issues were caused by emergency dental surgery, though Matthew never commented on the matter publicly.
Regardless of the real cause, insiders have told us that the entire cast has rallied around Perry to make sure he’s on the right track.