Matthew Perry has called off his engagement to Molly Hurwitz.
The Friends star, who proposed to the literary manager, 29, in November last year, confirmed the split in a statement to People on Tuesday, just weeks after he was spotted on celebrity dating app Raya.
The actor, who also recently worried fans with his ‘slurred speech’ during the 15 year reunion show, said in a statement: ‘Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them. I wish Molly the best.’
News of the split comes just weeks after Perry was outed for using the dating app Raya, where he allegedly asked a 19-year-old girl, ‘Am I as old as your dad?’ during one flirty exchange.
It’s over! Matthew Perry has called off his engagement to Molly Hurwitz weeks after he was spotted on celebrity dating app Raya (pictured on the Friends reunion show)
Perry can be seen in a video posted in May flirting with TikTok user @kittynichole – real name Kate Haralson – who claims they matched on the membership-only dating service in May last year.
Haralson, now 20, shared the footage of herself with the caption: ‘When you match w Matthew Perry as a joke on a dating app and he facetimes you and plays 20 questions with you.’
In the 16-second video, Perry is seen smiling as he asks his potential date, ‘Do you always play with your hair this much?’ to which she responds, giggling: ‘I guess so.’
Haralson, a personal assistant who says she was 19 when Perry first contacted her, told PageSix on Thursday that she wanted to show how older men in Hollywood are ‘taking advantage’ of younger women on dating apps.
Confirmed: The 51-year-old Friends star, who proposed to the literary manager in November 2020, confirmed the shocking split in a statement to People on Tuesday; Molly pictured
‘A lot of people were saying I’m a bully and mean for posting this, and it made me feel kind of bad, but at the same time, I feel like a lot of guys in Hollywood are talking to all these young girls and it’s something that I think a lot of people should be aware of,’ she told the outlet.
Haralson claims the FaceTime exchange happened in May last year, which is when Perry is said to have briefly split with his current fiancée Hurwitz, who he had been dating since 2018.
The LA-based PA said she had matched with other celebrities before but wouldn’t ‘ever talk to older guys’ though she thought talking to the Friends actor ‘would be funny.’
Haralson, who said she ‘never even really watched Friends,’ claims that Perry asked her at one point, ‘Am I as old as your dad?’
Could this BE more embarrassing? News of the split comes just weeks after Perry was outed for using the dating app Raya, where he allegedly asked a 19-year-old girl, ‘Am I as old as your dad?’ during one flirty exchange
She alleges that she told Perry he was only about a year older than her father, which she claims he ‘laughed off’ and said she felt ‘uncomfortable’ at times during their call.
‘I don’t think he minded that,’ she claimed. ‘It kind of felt weird talking to someone my dad’s age and it just felt not right, especially when he knew how young I was.’
Halston also said that she was ‘inspired’ by Nivine Jay, who posted a video of Ben Affleck in early May and the pair are now in touch with each other.
TikTok tell-all: It appears some TikTok users have started a new trend of outing celebrities for using the dating service
Cringe: In the 16-second video, Perry is seen smiling as he asks his potential date, ‘Do you always play with your hair this much?’ to which she responds, giggling: ‘I guess so’; Perry pictured in 2016
However, Haralson said she decided to delete the video because she thinks Perry is a ‘nice guy’ and stated that they never met up in person, though he allegedly tried to.
‘Maybe one day you can get a COVID test and come over’ he is alleged to have told her.
While Haralson said she did it ‘more for the joke of it’ she added: ‘Honestly, it’s not really OK for these older guys to be talking to such young girls.’
Raya is often described as the celebrity version of Tinder, as the dating app requires a membership and a vetting process, which is enticing to big movie stars like Affleck.
The app – which launched in 2015 – describes itself as being ‘an exclusive dating and networking platform for people in creative industries.’
Final send off: ‘Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is one of them,’ said Perry, adding: ‘I wish Molly the best’; Perry and Hurwitz pictured in April
The private, membership-based, social network application first launched as a dating app, but then added features to promote professional networking for members of the entertainment industry.
There is no suggestion that the Tik Tok video is the reason behind Perry’s split.
Perry and Molly were first romantically linked in 2018, with the actor gushing to the outlet last year that she is ‘the greatest woman on the face of the planet.’
Back in November, Perry joyously announced his engagement to People.
‘I decided to get engaged. Luckily, I happened to be dating the greatest woman on the face of the planet at this time,’ he said at the time.
Although Perry was the one to announce their engagement, Hurwitz used social media last February to confirm their relationship to the world.
‘Second year being my valentine, but his first as an Instagram influencer. HVD to my favorite,’ she wrote to Perry to celebrate the holiday, alongside a photograph of him appearing to be sound asleep, while cradling a bright yellow smiley face balloon.
The greatest: The couple were first romantically linked in 2018, with the actor gushing to the outlet last year that she is ‘the greatest woman on the face of the planet’; Hurwitz pictured in December
Prior to going ‘Instagram official,’ Perry and Hurwtiz were photographed being affectionate together outside a restaurant in West Hollywood in November 2019.
The couple also spent the 2019 Holiday season together in Los Angeles at Perry’s $35million Century City apartment in Los Angeles.
At the time, Hurwitz shared a photograph of herself and the 17 Again actor to Instagram, labeling him as her ‘boyfriend’ in the post’s caption.
She wrote: ‘According to my parents’ custody agreement, my mother was not allowed to have a Christmas tree… Fortunately, there’s no such agreement for a daughter’s boyfriend, so Hurwitz gets a treeeeeeee!!!’
Big step: Back in November, Perry joyously announced his engagement to Hurwitz in a statement to People; Perry pictured
Last May, the pair were reported to have endured a brief split that an insider described as ‘very amicable’ but that they had ‘both decided to go their separate ways.
‘It is unclear when the pair reconciled and how closely that reconciliation occurred to their November 2020 engagement.
It comes after fans expressed their fears for Perry after he appeared to slur his speech in a promotional interview for the recent Friends reunion.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Just saw People interview and can’t believe how Matthew Perry looks like… seriously it breaks my heart.’
Another tweeted: ‘It pains me to see Matthew Perry like this, he just seems off, gazing at the void, speaking slowly.’
Concern: It comes after fans expressed their fears for Perry after he appeared to slur his speech in a promotional interview for the recent Friends reunion
‘Hate to say it, but I’m sad and scared like hell for Matthew Perry,’ wrote a third, while a fourth added. ‘Damn, Matthew Perry in those PEOPLE Friends interviews.’
Although some fans queried whether Perry had relapsed following a bast accident battle, it was later revealed his slurred speech was down to recent dental work.
A source revealed to The Sun that Perry’s slurred speech was due to ‘an emergency tooth procedure’ that had been performed just hours before filming.
Emergency: But a source revealed to The Sun that the actor’s slurred speech was due to ‘an emergency tooth procedure’ that had been performed just hours before filming
‘Matthew turned up to the reunion [in April] and members of his team said that he had an emergency tooth procedure that day,’ the insider recalled.
‘That was said to impact his wellbeing and also how he was feeling. [Matthew] had been in pain from what we understand, which caused the slurred speech.
‘Obviously no one wants to film after a procedure, but it happened. The feeling was one of huge sympathy for Matthew, especially in recent days given how people have reacted online. Matthew has told those around him that he is sober, and there is no need to worry.’
Hours before: ‘Matthew turned up to the reunion [in April] and members of his team said that he had an emergency tooth procedure that day,’ the insider recalled
Meanwhile, Ben Winston, who directed the reunion, had nothing but kind things to say about the the comic actor following his appearance.
‘He was great,’ he said of Perry during an appearance on The Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast, released Saturday.
Winston, who is also a television producer, seemed to attribute the worried chatter among friends to a desire to be nasty.
‘People can sometimes just be unkind,’ he continued. ‘I wish they weren’t.’
Heartbreaking: ‘Just saw People interview and can’t believe how Matthew Perry looks like… seriously it breaks my heart,’ one fan wrote on Twitter upon the promo clip’s release last week
Perry, who portrayed Chandler Bing in the NBC sitcom from 1994 to 2004, has battled addictions to Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines and alcohol over the years, and also had two stints in rehab.
Matthew has been open about his past addictions and once told the BBC he couldn’t remember three years of shooting Friends, but has since gotten sober.
He became hooked on Vicodin after a jet-skiing accident in 1997 and told People his habit became ‘out of control and very unhealthy’ afterwards.
In December, his ex Kayti Edwards alleged in The Sun that when he was in the depths of his addiction he would take 80 Vicodin in one day.
Keeping a low-profile: Matthew has stayed under the radar in recent years. He caused concern in 2019 when he looked dishevelled in his first sighting for almost two years
Raya: The VERY exclusive dating app which approves only 8% of applications
Raya is often described as the celebrity version of Tinder, as the dating app requires a membership and a vetting process, which is enticing to big movie stars.
The app – which launched in 2015 by Mike McGuiness, who at the time was a partner at Los Angeles PR company the Co-Op Agency – describes itself as being ‘an exclusive dating and networking platform for people in creative industries.’
Users must be referred by an existing member and their application will then be voted on by a membership committee.
Only about 8% of applicants are reportedly approved.
In addition to subscription fees of $9.99 a month, the company also charges for sponsored placement of user requests.
Little is known about Raya, but in late 2016 it acquired video messaging startup Chime led by Jared Morgenstern, who was part of Facebook in the early days.
Morgenstern, who was Raya’s first investor, told TechCrunch: ‘Raya is a utility for introducing you to people who can change your life. Soho House uses physical space, we’re trying to use software.’
Other stars rumored to have used the service include Moby, Lily Allen, Cara Delevingne, Raven-Symoné, Tommy Lee, Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Handler.