Friends Cast always looked happy and sorted with their friendship, but they had many challenges in their lives and maintaining those relationships.
Friends Show, released in 1994, is one of the classic sitcoms everyone loved. Viewers prefer to watch it during the time of Holidays, with their families, with friends, and other times. In the show, all the characters from the Friends TV Series – Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross, Joey and Rachel, seemed to figure out their lives in the end, but it wasn’t easy in real life.
Friends Cast struggled with many failures and difficulties that seriously affected their lives. Matthew Perry, Chandler, the sarcasm king, shared that he doesn’t even remember the three years of his life because of the substance abuse.
Let’s get to know about Friends Cast real lives, the complications they faced, and how they overcame them.
15. Friends Cast: Matthew Perry & Substance Abuse
The popular character Chandler Bing from the friends show, played by Matthew Perry, never hid his struggles from anyone. He was honest and struggled through addiction in some years of his life. Matthey Perry has been to rehabilitation twice in his life, once in 1977 and again in 2001.
Some people might think that a person at such a young age got into a popular series, a dream come true, and living a happy life. However, the reality he faced is different, battling addiction and living through challenges.
He honestly mentioned that he didn’t remember three seasons from the sitcom and said he didn’t abuse drugs on the set. “I was never high at work; I was painfully, painfully hungover. Then eventually things got so bad I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew.” – Matthew Perry.
14. Jennifer Aniston: Not Able to Escape Brangelina’s Shadow
The separation news of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in 2005 was a shock to everyone, and it wasn’t easy on Jennifer either. The rumours were heard that Brad Pitt hooked up with Angelina Jolie, his co-star, during the shooting of Mr. & Mrs Smith.
Jennifer struggled to move on from the relationship, but the people also talked about it. And people always questioned Anniston, never Brad Pitt. Every time Pitt’s relationship was in the news, with Angelina Jolie, Anniston was in there somewhere too, whether she liked it or not.
In 2020, Brad and Jennifer had a reunion in the Award Show, but they both are just friends now. And they both want each other’s happiness.
13. David Schwimmer opted for Solitary life During Friends Fame
During one podcast in 2016, one of the dark secrets of Friend’s Cast David Schwimmer was revealed. He mentioned that becoming famous from the Friend’s show wasn’t all good things but faced some challenges because of the popularity.
“It was pretty jarring, and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with,” Schwimmer said.
The role he got in Friend’s Show, Ross, a paleontologist, showed him the dark side of fame. He could never go unnoticed, because of which he had to wear a baseball cap so that no one could recognize him.
12. Friends Cast: Matt LeBlanc, Victim of Fame
Yet another famous actor experienced a slightly worse side of fame from the Friends TV Show, Matt LeBlanc. During one of his talks with Mirror, he shared his struggles and mentioned that it was a very dark time as he almost had a nervous breakdown.
Due to the limelight, he couldn’t even get out of his house because he felt completely burned. Then in 2006, he tried to focus all of his attention on his daughter, who was diagnosed with “cortical dysplasia, a condition which affects the brain, bones and motor skills”. And spend time with his daughter out of the fame which he loved.
11. Matt LeBlanc: 2 DUI’s Before the Popularity
“When I was young and stupid. I wasn’t driving fast, just crooked. The press never got hold of the mugshots, and I was lucky.” – Matt LeBlanc.
During the talk with The Telegraph, Matt LeBlanc, the famous Joey from the Friend’s series, admitted that he got two DUI’s in his real life. Friends, however, mentioned that when the same situations were given to act out in front of the camera, it helped him not to repeat in real life.
10. Lisa Kudrow: Sued by Ex-Manager
In 2014, the law found Lisa Kudrow guilty of breaching her contract, which resulted in filling a Law Suit from her ex-manage, Scott Howard. He stated that he was entitled to 5 per cent of Lisa Kudrow’s surplus, which she earned from the popular Friends Show.
Scott Howard stated that Phoebe Buffay, aka Lisa Kudrow, still owes him her residual from the reunions with the Friend’s Cast. Lisa Kudrow gave him 1.6 million dollars to get out of that conflict.
9. Jennifer Aniston Provoked Her Ex-Boyfriend’s Widow
In the New York Times interview with Jennifer Aniston, she stated a non-offensive statement regarding her ex-boyfriend, Daniel McDonald, who died because of cancer. She said, “He would have been the one. But I was 25, and I was stupid. He must have sent me Justin [Theroux, her then-fiancé] to make up for it all.”
Her ex-boyfriend’s wife, the widow, named Mujah Maraini-Melehi, didn’t like what Jennifer said and accused her of exploiting her husband’s memory. She mentioned that Jennifer didn’t realize the treasure Daniel was, and she wasn’t present during his time of illness or any other difficult situations.
8. Courtney Cox Confessed about Cosmetic Enhancements
In an informal talk with New Beauty in 2017, Courteney Cox, who played the character of Monica Geller, a perfectionist, confessed about all the things she did to look ‘youthful’.
She mentioned that growing up; she had a whole concept of believing that looks were the most important thing. And to maintain that, she went a little extreme and made everything worse.
7. Matt LeBlanc’s Personal Life Became Tabloid Fodder
The ladies’ man, Joey Tribbiani, played by Matt LeBlanc, became tabloid fodder during many years of his life. In 2005, Matt mentioned encountering an ‘aggressive stripped’ in an interview when he was drunk.
In 2006, the divorce news of Matt LeBlanc and Melissa shocked everyone, along with her wife. The divorce (Matt didn’t comment) was a co-start Matt LeBlanc was dating, named Andrea Anders.
In 2014, it was rumoured that Matt cheated on his girlfriend Andrea for a long time, as he was witnessed being close with various women at a Halloween Party. Matt LeBlanc’s team refused the theory and said that the fans came and took pictures with Matt LeBlanc.
6. Chandler Bing, Matthew Perry: Missed Reunion
In 2016, an announcement done by NBC about Friend’s Cast. They would be meeting each other for the first time after a long time. The reunion will be pre-taped to honour the success of the director James Burrows.
The fans were disheartened when they knew that Chandler Bing, the sarcasm king, Matthew Perry, wouldn’t make it to the reunion because he was shooting in London. However, he taped a message for the director, James Burrows, who played on the big screen during the reunion.
5. Jennifer Aniston: Estranged from her Mother
Jennifer Aniston, played the role of Rachel Green in the Friends Show, was no longer close to her mother, Nancy Dow. The split was mostly Nancy Dow publishing her infamous reveals from a Memoir in 1999.
Jennifer Aniston mentioned that her mother was very critical of Jennifer. And she wasn’t invited to Jennifer first marriage with Brad Pitt. However, in 2015, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer commented that she and her mother are fine now.
4. Friends Cast: Jennifer Aniston didn’t invite the whole Cast to her Wedding
Surprising news about Jennifer’s marriage to Justin Theroux attracted everyone’s attention. And as it made headlines, it was found out that some of the friends’ Cast wasn’t present at her Wedding.
Jennifer Aniston’s co-start Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer were not seen in her wedding pictures and were unaware and uninvited about it. As Matt LeBlanc mentioned, “If she wanted me there, I would have been there.”
3. David Schwimmer Pissed off his Neighbors
His neighbours in real life didn’t love the loved and famous Ross Geller from the Friend’s Show. David bought a property in New York City and destroyed the townhouse to build a six-story mansion.
The neighbours hated David so much as they spray-painted “ROSS IS NOT COOL” on the construction boards of the property.
2. Courtney Cox: Halted the Production of Cougar Town
Five years after the end of Friends Show, Courtney Cox came back in another sitcom named Cougar Town. The Cougar Town was going to release its sixth and last season in 2015; however, the future of the show became doubtful when Courtney left the series.
The show was temporarily shut down because Courtney decided to leave the series. She left because her daughter, Coco, and Courtney gave themselves to her daughter, leaving everything behind.
1. Lisa Kudrow: Body Issue Struggles during Friend’s Show
In 2021, Lisa Kudrow appeared in one of Marc Maron’s podcasts, where she shared her struggles with her body image during the shooting of Friends.
She tried to stay skinny on purpose for the show, and the efforts took a toll on her physical health. She said, ‘Unfortunately for a woman if you’re underweight, you look good. During the struggles to remain skinny, she became vulnerable to various infections like cold, sinus, etc.
The Dark Secrets of Friends Cast are shocking, and one can’t imagine the challenges they underwent in their lives.