Finding Love in New York

Matthew Perry on the challenges of finding true love when you’re filthy rich and live in Manhattan.

I’m not sure what it is about New York, but sometimes it can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride when it comes to finding love. It can be very hard to find someone to settle down with in a city like New York — especially for someone like me who is just too rich and too comfortable to find love. I don’t want to feel like a homeless person. I don’t want to be forced to share a cramped apartment with a stranger on the street. I don’t want to live in a homeless shelter. It’s just so hard to find love in a place like New York where they’re willing to pay a premium to live with a very, very rich man in an unbelievably expensive building. It’s not just finding a man to settle down with, but it’s finding someone who sees me as a worthwhile investment at the same time.

But to find love after a decade in Manhattan with an incredibly successful man, you gotta pull up your socks. It can be very difficult finding someone to spend quality time with, someone with the same values, someone who shares the same lifestyle and interests. I don’t have time for all the drama, the drama queens, the drama-a-holics who are always trying to talk some guy into taking the relationship to another level. It’s enough that I can count on one hand the women I’ve dated over the last decade who have any real connection with me. And I’ll be honest, I’m not really a fan of those types of relationships, because they’re just not worth sacrificing all your money, all your time, all your energy and all your energy to be with. I’m not into the drama of having to prove myself to others, especially since at this stage in my life I’m barely making money to start with.


But that’s how I’ve ended up finding a second love. Last year, I was sitting across the table from my ex-wife, in a gorgeous $9-million-dollar apartment in a very fancy building in the East Village, and I realized I was at a crossroads in my life and I had to decide how I was going to choose between my career and my family.

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