According to reports, Matthew Perry “never fully” moved on from Courteney Cox; the “Friends” stars had a covert arrangement on work

When Friends debuted in 1994, Matthew Perry and his co-stars went on to become global celebrities. The six principal performers had secured their financial futures when the show came to an end after ten seasons, a decade later.

But life is about more than simply money, and Matthew Perry’s addiction and alcoholism were only getting started.

Promotional portait of the cast of the television series, ‘Friends,’ in 1995. L-R: Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, and Matt LeBlanc. Credit/Warner Brothers Television/Fotos International/Getty.

The Friends actors came together to become more than just close friends—they became a family. Fans could not help but wonder if any of them were romantically involved with one another at the same time. The six actors actually had a deal, despite various rumours to the contrary.

Although Matthew Perry dated a number of well-known ladies before to, during, and following the premiere of Friends, US Weekly claims he never moved on from one of them. Courteney Cox, his co-star and love interest on screen.


Few sitcoms on television are as well-known and well-liked as Friends. More than 1 billion people have streamed the now-iconic programme about six young adults attempting to navigate their lives in New York City since it premiered.

When Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane created Friends in 1993, their careers were in a slump and they had no idea what was ahead.

After a failed try at making a sitcom named Family Album, they had an epiphany. Things began to move as they began to feel nostalgic about graduating from college and going to New York City.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 1: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Matthew Perry poses for pictures at Magic Radio on April 1, 2015 in London, England. Perry is presenting Magic Radio shows on April 2nd and 9th. (Photo by Alex B. Huckle/Getty Images)

The future was more of a question mark at the time we were looking at it. Perhaps because that’s how we were feeling at the time, but there’s something intriguing about that question mark. That’s a sentiment that everyone can relate to, Marta Kauffman told NBC in 2004.

They had a seven-page proposal ready by December 1993 for a programme named Insomnia Café.

It’s about relationships, careers, sex, love, and that period of your life when everything is possible. Parts of the pitch read, “And it’s about friendship because your friends are your family when you’re single and in the city.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: Matthew Perry attends “The Circle” premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

NBC approved and purchased the concept. Kauffman and Crane started working on the script’s pilot episode at the same time. The show’s original title was Friends Like Us, but it was subsequently shortened to just Friends.

As with every series, Kauffman and Crane had begun production on the project, and the casting process was drawn out. David Schwimmer was cast as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as his sister, Monica Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Matthew Perry as the witty Chandler Bing were the six main cast members that were ultimately decided upon.


Matthew Perry, who costarred with Courteney Cox, called her “cripplingly beautiful” in his memoir. He also mentioned that he had heard about Lisa Kudrow from a mutual friend. He writes, “She was exactly as gorgeous, hilarious, and incredibly smart as my friend had said.”

Subsequently, Perry disclosed that he and his fellow actors had never shared a bed together. He stated, “I don’t think any of them had sex, or else I was really missing something; I didn’t.”

Courteney Cox (Photo by © Aaron Rapoport/CORBIS OUTLINE/Corbis via Getty Images)

During her January 2014 Conan appearance, Courteney Cox talked about how much she loved having Perry as a coworker on Friends.

“Working with him was an absolute pleasure. He’s very kind,” she remarked. “For ten years, working on Friends with him literally gave me my personality.”

Even though they didn’t date while filming Friends, Matthew Perry supposedly developed a thing on Courteney Cox that he would never get over. In 2019, US Weekly reported that Perry hoped to have dated his former co-star in real life in addition to having her as an on-screen lover.


A source stated, “Matthew has always been in love with her.” Matthew hasn’t been able to move on from her completely.

Perez Hilton, a celebrity rumour expert, revealed in 2015 that Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox had started dating in a loose sense following Cox’s breakup with musician Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol.

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