In a staggering reversal of fortune, once high-flying Friends hunk Matthew Perry is now a pathetic loner who bounces between hospital beds and a hotel room!
That’s the tragic revelation of a National ENQUIRER investigation that’s learned the fallen star’s only regular companions are bartenders at the Big Apple crash pad where he’s lived for months.
Sources said Matthew, who turns 50 on Aug. 19, has been staying in a $7,000-a-night penthouse after surgery last year for a “gastrointestinal perforation” left him hospitalized for months.
Although Matthew has been to rehab three times, one bartender claims the actor is still hitting the bottle!
“He doesn’t like to be disturbed and would go into private areas of the hotel where only VIPs are allowed. He’ll order a few strong [drinks],” the source said.
“Hardly anybody recognizes him because he’s such a mess compared to what people remember. He kept to himself and would hardly leave his room until after dark except for a cigarette or a hospital appointment.”
An insider added: “He was mostly holed up in his room. When I saw him, he seemed out of it and sickly.”
Another source squealed: “He’s been living here so long that he bought his own super-sized TV for the room!”
The ENQUIRER recently published photos of the bloated and disheveled star — who’d been spotted smoking cigarettes and guzzling diet soda before checking into New York University Langone hospital.
The actor, who did not respond to a request for comment, earned $1 million per episode on the hit sitcom in 2002, but he was recently snubbed by his on-screen wife, Courteney Cox!
“Courteney has been here while Matthew is moping around, but I’ve never seen her acknowledge him or say hello,” the snitch revealed.
As The ENQUIRER has reported, Matthew shamelessly chased Courteney look-alikes on dating apps. But insiders said he’s barely socialized in months — except for random women who were put off by his grubby finger-nails and ratty clothes!
“Matt would be with the same young blonde but on three occasions there were different women on his arm,” the source said. “He would leave with the girls and go through a door into a private area.”
His downfall has sparked concerns among pals.
“Matt needs help,” a mole said. “We hope he’s getting it — or he won’t be around much longer.”