Could we *be* any more shocked?
Former Friends star Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing in the 90’s hit series, revealed he has an emergency surgery over the summer in order to repair a ruptured bowel, which put him on a hospital bed for 12 weeks.
Perry broke the news to fans on Saturday in a light-hearted tweet, joking: “Three months in a hospital bed. Check.”
A representative for Matthew had previously confirmed he was having the surgery. “He is grateful for the concern and ask for continued privacy as he heals,” the spokesman said last month.
A gastrointestinal perforation or ruptured bowel occurs when a hole develops in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and can be caused by illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, colitis and appendicitis.
And though details on Perry’s surgery are not known, the actor has been very open in the past about his struggles with alcohol abuse, which can contribute to a digestive health issue like his.
In 1997, the 17 Again star completed a 48-day program in rehab for Vicodin addiction after he turned to the drug to stop him from “drinking as much” as he was. In 2001, he checked back into a rehab facility to recover from his use of Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines, and alcohol.
Matthew has now been sober for 17 years. “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’.”