Matthew Perry says he made out with Valerie Bertinelli as Eddie Van Halen was passed out nearby

Matthew Perry says he made out with Valerie Bertinelli as Eddie Van Halen was passed out nearby
The Friends alum looks back on his unrequited love for his former costar in his forthcoming memoir Friends. Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing .

The Friends alum recounts what he says are the details of that bold night in his forthcoming memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (out Nov. 1), revealing that he harbored an unrequited crush on his former costar at the time. Before his star-making turn on Friends, Perry starred opposite Bertinelli in the short-lived 1990 sitcom Sydney, centered on a young woman (Bertinelli) trying to make it as a private detective in Los Angeles.

Perry played Bertinelli’s younger brother, but their relationship was not familial. Perry writes, “I fell madly for Valerie Bertinelli. She was clearly in troubled marital relationships.” “My crush was crushing. She was not only out of my league but was also married to Eddie Van Halen, one of the most well-known rock stars on the planet. He fantasized about Bertinelli leaving Van Halen because of his intense feelings.

Valerie Bertinelli and Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry and Valerie Bertinelli

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“I was nineteen and lived in a one-bedroom apartment on Laurel Canyon and Burbank (called Club California, mind you),” Perry recounts. “But fantasies, first loves don’t know anything about real anything. ” Perry claims that he took the chance with his costar one night at Bertinelli’s and Van Halens homes.

“As the night progressed it became clear that Eddie had been enjoying the fruits of the vine a bit too hard. He just passed out, not 10 feet from us but still,” he wrote. “This was my chance!” You would be wrong to think that I didn’t have a chance in hell. Valerie and me had a long, detailed make-out session. It was happening — maybe she felt the same way I did. I told her that I had been thinking about doing that for a while, and she said it right back. ” The next day, Bertinelli made no mention of what had happened and behaved, “as her should have,” Perry writes. “This was just a regular day.” He continued, “I quickly got the hint, and also played the part I was supposed to, though inside I was devastated.” Perry had to endure “tearful” nights. Thankfully, the show was canceled. ” Reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request to comment on the excerpts.

Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry looks back at his unrequited crush on his former costar Valerie Bertinelli in his forthcoming memoir ‘Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing’

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Perry also dives deep into his time on the hit sitcom Friends and his alcohol and opioid abuse in his memoir, sharing stories about his multiple brushes with death amid his addiction struggles. The actor recounts nearly dying in 2018, at the age of 49, after his colon burst due to overuse of drugs. He previously shared that doctors had told his family that he had a 2 percent chance of living. “I was placed on an ECMO machine that does all the breathing for your heart. This is called a Hail Mary. That doesn’t happen. “

Lovers, Friends, and the Big Terrible Thing Hits Bookshelves Nov. 1.

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