Matthew Perry said personal wealth is one of the most important assets he looks for in a romantic partner.
The 53-year-old actor told People magazine that after several failed relationships because the women he dated were only interested in his money, he decided to find love with a woman of her own wealth.
“The next person I’m really going to take seriously is someone I’m going to fall in love with and not be afraid of the things that used to scare me… someone who’s self-sufficient.” In every way, but especially monetarily, because I got burned several times by women who wanted my money, who didn’t really care about me,” he explained.
When asked about any dating contract violations, Perry questioned his conviction. “People I’m starting to think are in it for the money. And that happens more often than you think. Someone who has their own wealth is a pretty key factor for me.”
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Beverly Hills-based celebrity matchmaker and dating expert Alessandra Conti told Fox News Digital that Perry’s fear of getting involved with women who may not have pure intentions is common among celebrities and powerful men who seek her services.
She explained that the majority of her clients hire her not just to find love, but also specifically to weed out any women who might only want them for their money.
“I also love that he specifically uses the phrase ‘self-reliant,'” Conti added of Perry. “Men who are at this advanced stage in their careers, which usually comes with financial wealth, of course, want a woman who is an accessory. This is a woman who brings femininity and care and warmth and passion into their lives.”
Conti explained that ideally a partner for a celebrity would come from a certain level of wealth. “So she or he isn’t completely shocked and dismayed by the lifestyle or just totally put off or just mesmerized by it,” she said
“But I love matching public figures with down-to-earth people,” she added. “Men and women on the ground who live full lives and have passions outside of the relationship, even if they are a kindergarten teacher. It doesn’t necessarily matter what the job is, but where are the values?”
George Clooney, once considered a lifelong bachelor, met his match in wife Amal Alamuddin, an international human rights lawyer who built her own successful practice representing high-profile clients including Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
The two bonded over their dedication to fighting for human rights around the world and co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice in 2016.
Conti said that in addition to using matchmaking companies like her own, celebrities often meet successful and wealthy partners through volunteer work or by attending high-end events and galas.
In 2006, Salma Hayek met French billionaire François-Henri Pinault at a gala in Venice, Italy. The couple welcomed daughter Valentina in 2007 and married in 2009.
Miranda Kerr was first introduced to billionaire Snap CEO Evan Spiegel at a 2014 Louis Vuitton event in New York City. The couple have been married since 2017 and have two sons.
In addition to Hayek and Kerr, a number of female celebrities, including Janet Jackson, Elle MacPherson and Mariah Carey, have dated or married billionaires. Conti shared his insights on why famous women might be more likely than their male counterparts to choose ultra-rich partners.
“I think more female celebrities tend to be more attracted to men who come from very strong financial backgrounds because often there’s that dynamic provider, dynamic protector, that’s incredibly attractive to a woman, even for a quote unquote alpha female or even a woman who is a public figure or a celebrity,” she said.
“A lot of times when they’re in their day job, they’re on, they’re the leader. But when they’re in their romantic partnership, they want to tap into their femininity.”
In recent years, many celebrities have turned to dating apps to find relationships. Raya, a members-only dating app for celebrities and influencers, is particularly popular with stars looking for love with partners who have also achieved a certain level of wealth, status and fame.
Drew Barrymore, Channing Tatum, Demi Lovato, Kiernan Shipka and Olivia Rodrigo are among the stars who have tried to find romance on Raya.
In a 2020 appearance on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” Barrymore said swiping through Raya was like “looking through Us Weekly.”
“I was doing terrible, too. I got up and I didn’t fit in with anyone,” she admitted to Cohen, himself a Raya user.
She continued, “And my friends gave me this inflated sense of false confidence. They were like, ‘You should try it.’ You’ll do great.” It was a car accident.”
However, Raya boasts several success stories. Olympian Simone Biles met her fiance, Houston Texans safety Jonathan Owens, on the app in March 2020, shortly before the shutdown of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NFL star later admitted he “hadn’t heard of” the four-time Olympic gold medalist when they first met.
“I didn’t know who she was,” Owens told Texas Monthly in June 2021. “I just hadn’t heard of her, and when I told her, that was one of the things she liked.”
The two went public with their relationship in August 2020 and announced their engagement last February.
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“Real Housewives of Orange County” alum Meghan King and President Joe Biden’s cousin Cuffe Biden Owens’ short-lived romance began after they met on the app in September 2021. The couple tied the knot three weeks later but called it quits after two months of marriage. .
Regardless of how they meet, Conti told Fox News Digital that she believes celebrities like Perry put strong values ahead of financial considerations when it comes to dating.
“I know what Matthew is saying, and I think it’s a bit wrong to look for a rich woman,” she said. “So what I found is that women who have successful marriages and partners with high achievers, they’re not necessarily billionaires, but they have a strong family-based value system.
She continued: “It’s based on connections, in friendships and experiences. So that’s where he really needs to prioritize. He needs to prioritize meeting women who aren’t necessarily financially driven. That’s really what I think he’s trying to express.”
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