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Matthew Perry says he was saved by a "higher power"

Matthew Perry was always the sarcastic one as Chandler in Friends, but while promoting his new memoir he sincerely claims he was helped through his life-threatening drug battle by a “higher power”.

Perry speaks about the highs and lows of his life and career in his new autobiography, Friends, Lovers, And the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir. When promoting the tome on Bill Maher’s Real Time, he spoke about some of the battles he has faced. 

At one point, when his colon burst as a result of drug abuse, the actor was given a one in 50 chance of surviving. Surviving those odds has changed the way Perry sees the world, and he believes he is the benefactor of divine intervention. 

“I believe there is a higher power,” he told Maher. “I have a very close relationship with him that’s helped me a lot.” Maher responded saying: “Everyone is on your side. Everyone is glad you’re here.”

While Perry was vague on his new-found spiritualism, his book looks to lift the lid on how he overcame his troubles. The opening line reads: “Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”

It is described as “an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening – as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety.”