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THE TRUTH ABOUT MATTHEW PERRY AND COURTENEY COX'S RELATIONSHIP
By ALEX ANAGNOSON
Although the relationship between Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry never turned into anything more behind-the-scenes, it seems as though at least one of them would have liked it to. According to a 2019 Us Weekly report, Perry developed feelings for Cox during their time on "Friends," and the feelings have not gone away since the series ended.
"Matthew's always been in love with her," a source close to Perry told the outlet, adding that Perry has "never fully been able to get over her." In the "Friends Reunion" in May 2021, castmates David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston admitted to crushing on each other, but Perry kept his mouth shut about his personal feelings.
Perry shared how nervous he would get onstage, paranoid that his performance wouldn’t be funny, saying, "I felt like I was going to die if [the audience] didn't laugh." In a February 2022 interview, Cox opened up about Perry and what he revealed at the reunion, expressing sadness that he relied on audience laughter "for his own self-worth."
When it came to Perry's personal issues, however, Cox had an optimistic outlook. "He's just struggled for a while," she said, likely referring to — among other things — the substance abuse problems Perry has been open about.