While Matt LeBlanc is regaining the spotlight through the much-anticipated Friends: The Reunion on HBO Max, his dad says they haven’t talked for nine years.
Following a squabble with Matt, 53, Paul LeBlanc, a 79-year-old Vietnam veteran, felt compelled to leave his home.
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In a new interview, Paul told The Sun:
I’ve been living without any contact for nine years and it is still hard to believe what has happened.
I’ve been cut off and locked out of my house over a humiliating argument about money and a motorbike.
Matt’s great financial success throughout his career, particularly during his ten seasons on Friends, Paul argues, has altered him as a person.
The problem is that when someone has money, you don’t get into their lifestyle unless they want you there, and they can shut you down. Matt is erratic with me and he has a short temper. One minute he is nice, the next he is cutting your throat — not literally, obviously.
LeBlanc’s father went on to say he is now an old guy who relies on social security. He wouldn’t be capable of surviving if it weren’t for his savings.
However, LeBlanc’s representative claims there is another side to the story.
The rep said,
To put this in perspective, Matt’s father abandoned Matt and his mother when he was an infant.
Unfortunately, the rep was reluctant to shed further light on it.
According to The Sun, Paul reappeared in Matt’s life when he was eight years old, and he only saw him on weekends. As claimed by the paper, Matt assisted his dad in purchasing a property in Colorado in 1998, six years before the finale of NBC’s Friends.
The star, who portrayed fledgling soap actor Joey Tribbiani on the show, reunited with co-stars Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), and Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) on the show’s renowned soundstage for the special, which premiered on HBO Max on 27th May.