Twenty five year old model Athenna Crosby was photographed dining with the former Friends star, 54, at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles on Friday, 27 October.
Despite rumours that they may have been dating, Athenna has confirmed they were just friends and met through a mutual friend a few months ago.
She said that Matthew was chatting “enthusiastically about the things that he had coming up in his life,” and revaled that he was “so happy and vibrant”.
The actor from the much-loved sitcom sadly died on Saturday, apparently drowning in a jacuzzi at his $5million home.
Law enforcement sources said only prescription drugs were found at the property, reporting “antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and a COPD drug in the house”. The star had previously spent $9million battling his drugs and alcohol addiction, including 15 trips to rehab, in an attempt to get clean.
Model and entertainment reporter Athenna shared on social media that she “had the honour of knowing Matthew personally”. She also wrote a heartfelt message after his death, expressing her devastation.
She wrote: “I am so devastated from his death but felt it was in poor taste to talk about it publicly as the attention should not be on me but rather on him and his legacy and he was an extremely private person and I always respected that in our friendship.”
However she revealed some details about Matthew’s last hours, sharing that he was “really into Batman”, even calling himself ‘Mattman’ and referring to his car as the ‘Batmobile.’
Some fans thought Matthew’s Batman-themed posts were a cry for help in his final days, but Athenna dismissed this theory.
She told the publication that he was a “playful guy in the months she knew him” and “the conspiracy theory he was pushing subliminal messages about his safety by using the superhero reference is way off.”
Athena explained that his Mattman posts were simply him “being a nerd” and added that fans are getting carried away.
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