The Riddle Behind Matthew Perry’s UNBELIEVABLE New Look: Is The 'Disheveled' Star In The Throes Of A Relapse?

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Dec. 20 2013, Published 4:05 p.m. ET

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Former Friends star Matthew Perry looked worse for wear on Wednesday afternoon during an appearance in Italy, raising the question: What is going on with Perry and what is the reason behind his "disheveled" new look?

The 43-year-old actor — who has been in and out of rehab facilities, most recently sober since a 2011 stay to "focus on sobriety" -- looked scruffy, messy and tired when he addressed the Magna Administration of the National School of Rome on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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One expert exclusively tells the 17 Again star "could be on the throes of a relapse."

"Based on Mathew's recent photos, he appears disheveled and could possibly be in the throes of a relapse although he could also be lacking sleep, over working, and/or not providing himself with self care," Sherry Gaba, LCSW and Certified Recovery Coach at Soba Malibu and VH1's Celebrity Rehab, and author of The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery, told

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"Often in December there are numerous holiday parties and without staying close to a recovery program, it can be a slippery slope for many addicts and alcoholics, especially celebrities."

Gaba has never treated Perry, and notes she is not accusing him of a relapse, simply saying it's a possibility given his appearance.

Perry recently opened up about his drinking and drug addiction saying, "I was a sick guy," and admitted to being "painfully, painfully hungover" throughout his stint as Chandler Bing on the popular 90s sitcom Friends.

"…eventually things got so bad I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew," Perry said.

"I’ve had a life of extreme highs and extreme lows. I was in the white hot flame of fame. From an outsider’s perspective it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism." reached out to Perry's rep for comment, but got no response.



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