Matthew Perry Cleans Up, Slims Down

Friends star Matthew Perry says his partying days are over after a health scare in the spring that forced him to straighten out his life.

Perry, who appeared as a dramatically thinner Chandler in the new season of the hit NBC television sitcom, denied tabloid press rumors that he was on drugs, or that he had damaged his liver so badly because of drinking that he needed a transplant.

Perry, 31, told Us Weekly in an interview to be published Friday that he had lost 20 pounds since being hospitalized in May with acute pancreatitis — a rare inflammation that is caused partly by alcohol abuse and prescription drugs.

“In my case, it was hard living and drinking hard and eating poorly. You play, you pay,” Us Weekly quoted Perry as saying.

Looking For a WifePerry, who had voluntary treatment three years ago for dependency on the painkiller Vicodin and whose weight has ballooned up and down since then, said the pancreatitis episode scared him.

“It was time to put back the pieces back together and that’s what I did,” he said, adding, “I’m back on my feet again and feeling fine.”

Perry said he was sober, had not been to any of his old nightclub haunts for six months and was now looking forward to settling down and having children.

“I don’t think I’m going to meet my wife at the Sky Bar,” he said.

“My twenties were about work — making enough money so that I could do what I wanted to do — and partying, stuff like that.

“I think, I hope, that my thirties are going to be more about developing my social skills in a way I haven’t done before so that I get married in my thirties and have children in my thirties,” he told the magazine.