Matt LeBlanc Almost Had A “Nervous Breakdown” After “Friends”

Matt LeBlanc Almost Had A "Nervous Breakdown" After "Friends"
The former "Friends" star recently revealed in a new interview that he almost had a "nervous breakdown" around the time the hit NBC series came to an end.

While we all love to kick-back on any day that ends in “y” and binge-watch a season or two of Friends on Netflix, it’s strange to think that things weren’t always hilarious and easy-going behind the scenes of the NBC series.

Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani for 10 seasons, recently spoke with The Mirror and revealed that after Friends ended and Joey flopped, he almost left Hollywood behind him.

In 2006, Matt’s marriage to Melissa McKnight was falling apart and his daughter, Marina, was diagnosed with cortical dysplasia, a “devastating” brain condition.

“For years and years, I barely left the house,” the 47-year-old Episodes star said. “I was burnt out. I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere… I almost had a nervous breakdown.”

“My agent was bummed,” Matt continued. “Most actors call their agents and say, ‘What’s going on?.’ I’d call mine and say, ‘Please lose my number for a few years.’”

The new host of UK’s Top Gear confessed that he wanted to badly to hide from Hollywood that he gave himself a mohawk to make sure he’d stay away from cameras.

However, it was the need to care for his daughter that pulled him out of his “dark times.”

I’m so glad Matt was able to make it through such a rough patch in his life. Television just wouldn’t be the same without him!

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