Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s marriage is one that a lot of fans still like to talk about to this day, even though it’s been several years since they’ve pulled the plug on their marriage. Unlike Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s relationship, not much is known about Courteney and David’s union. But that’s not to say that it wasn’t full of rollercoaster moments just like so many marriages out there.
As a matter of fact, despite their very high profiled lives, Courteney and David have done one heck of a job of keeping most of their private business, private. A lot of celebrities of their caliber can’t say the same.
With that being said, a lot of fans can’t help but notice certain oddities from their marriage and post-married life. For instance, they both moved incredibly fast with different people before the ink from their divorce papers managed to dry. While David’s personal struggles have been well documented by the media, Courteney has had her fair share of hardships, too. There are certain things that people say behind her back but wouldn’t dare say to her face. That’s why we’ve got 20 things that David Arquette and Courteney Cox don’t want fans to know about their divorce below.
20 David’s Personal Struggles And Hardships
David Arquette has often been very open and public about his personal struggles and hardships. He doesn’t hide the fact that being a celebrity in the spotlight hasn’t been easy for him. And unfortunately, most of that did impact his relationship with Courteney.
Thankfully, David has managed to pick up the pieces of his life and get things in order. But it didn’t happen overnight. With the support of his family, their daughter Coco, and the willingness to change, David Arquette is in a better place now. But the steps he took happened too late and after the couple’s separation.
19 Working Together, But Separately In Hollywood
When it came to their Hollywood jobs, Courteney Cox and David Arquette tried everything they could to make things work. They appeared in films together. They appeared in films separately. Courteney ended up being a huge television star while David chugged along with one film after another (with none of them making much of an impact at the box office). Like many working couples, they often brought their work troubles at home. There’s even speculation that David might have been frustrated with Courteney being the bigger name in their marriage. Despite the rumors, he did make a cameo appearance on her hit comedy, Friends.
18 The Celebrity World’s Not-So-Golden Couple
Some fans feel that it might have been hard for Courteney Cox and David Arquette to know they had so many issues, that they worked so hard trying to keep buried from the press.
From the outside, they might have looked perfect, but from the inside, it was a different story. Plus, all of the criticism hasn’t helped either. Luckily, Courteney has managed to get past it. "I feel lucky. I don't feel burdened by it," the actress said, according to E! Online. "I mean, people can be pretty mean, though, now that there's all this social media. The comments...if I ever want to feel really bad about myself, I just click on one of those Daily Mail comment sections."
17 Was David Jealous Of Courteney’s Success?
There’s also speculation that Courteney’s success with Friends might have been too much for David at the time. After all, she, along with Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and the rest of her co-stars were the biggest stars of television at the time. Courteney couldn’t leave her house without being recognized. And as we all know, no one wants to feel like they don’t matter, especially in their own marriage. That’s not to say that David felt that way, but it could have been a possibility. It’s not easy being married to a huge star in the spotlight, no matter who you are or where you come from.
16 Courteney's Life After David And Trying To Move On
Courteney admits that even though it’s been years, she is still working on ‘moving on’ so to speak. "I think that we were such good friends," Courteney explained, via E! Online. "We found ourselves leading separate lives and just coexisting and being great friends, but not having the [closeness] that...is so important in a relationship. I think you really need to work in a relationship, and I think that we tried. We're just really different, too. I'm the polar opposite of him. That can be great for a lot of things, but I need this kind of real, one-on-one connection. And I don't know. I don't know." These days, Courteney has been dating singer/songwriter Johnny McDaid since 2013.
15 David Managed To Move On…. With His Ex’s Doppelganger
A lot of people couldn’t help but notice that David Arquette not only moved on in his life, but he also moved on with someone who looks like his ex-wife’s doppelganger (isn’t that always the case?). David is now married to Christina McLarty, and yes she looks so much like Courteney that the two of them could definitely pass as sisters. No word on how Christina and Courteney get along behind-the-scenes but from the looks of it, Christina has embraced their daughter Coco as if she were her own. At the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.
14 Keeping All Of The Separation Details Under Wraps
You gotta hand it to Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Unlike so many other celebrity couples in the entertainment industry, they are an ex-couple who have never said one bad word about each in the press. In fact, they’ve done a fantastic job of keeping their used laundry well hidden from the public. You can’t say that about everyone. In fact, even Jennifer Aniston didn’t have such an amicable split with Brad Pitt back in 2005. No matter what is said about Courteney and David, they still have enough love between them to respect one another, which is something we love about them.
13 David Is Trying To Keep Things Real, Too
David, meanwhile, is trying to keep the faith, too. He’s got a new wife, a new family, a new life. And while he’s hit a few bumps along the road (like a recent heart attack), David is still doing things that make him happy. He’s involved in professional wrestling, he appears in cameos on both television and in films, and he’s very happy in his family life right now. While his post-separation life with Courteney might not be perfect, the two of them are trying very hard to make the best of it. You have to give him credit for trying, right?
12 Courteney Admits Their Separation Was One Of The Better Ones
Although they’ve managed to keep the details of their separation under wraps (which in today’s celebrity world is pretty hard to do), Courteney admits that their split was pretty dramatic. In other words, it wasn’t pretty, to say the least. Thankfully, they’ve managed to weather the storm. "It wasn't a dramatic ending. It was more of a...just, I don't know. I've really been...No one's ever asked me in this way, so I haven't really thought about it like this," she said, according to E! Online. "I mean, as divorces go, I would say it's one of the better ones. For sure. We're good co-parents together."
11 Courteney Vs. The Arquette Family
A lot of fans couldn’t help but notice that Courteney was never really close with the rest of the Arquette family throughout her marriage to David. One of the reasons why this might have been was because both Courteney and David came from totally different worlds. David always lived in the Hollywood bubble while Courteney grew up with her middle-class family in Alabama. They definitely had a different set of values and different childhood experiences. And while they tried to make things work, their personal differences might have been too much in the end. Courteney was friendly, but never too friendly to any of her in-laws.
10 Courteney’s Ever-Changing Look May Have Affected Her
Courteney has gotten a lot of flack for her attempts to look younger than her real age. A lot of it has been harsh, too. Courteney told Bear Grylls while on his show, "You know, I think I was trying to keep up with getting older, trying to chase that...you know, it's something you can't keep up with. So, the more you relax into it and the less I try...'cause sometimes you find yourself trying and then you look at a picture of yourself and go, 'Oh, God.' Like, you look [bad]. I have done things that I regret, and luckily they're things that dissolve and go away. So, um, that's good, because it's not always been my best look. So, now I just have a new motto: 'Just let it be.'"
9 All Of The Public’s Rude Comments
With so much that has happened in her life, both professionally and personally, you would think that Courteney would be the kind of person that would turn off the lights, shut the front door and never leave her house. But that hasn’t been the case. Even with all of the mean spirited people she has endured (from her critics, mostly) Courteney is still pushing forward. She’s made it clear that she’s got work to do. She’s not letting anything or anyone stop her. Sure, there have been a lot of mean-spirited things said, both in private and in public. But Courteney is strong enough to not let it bother her.
8 Courteney’s Fertility Journey
Courteney Cox recently opened up about her fertility journey and how difficult it was for her to get pregnant. As a matter of fact, she calls her now teenaged daughter Coco her “miracle child” just because she went through so much heartache in the past.
These days, Courteney wants to help erase the stigma that is associated with child loss. She says that she also shared her story with the public because she wants others to open up about the joys and disappointments that many women experience in their own fertility journeys. Courteney admits that doing things together definitely makes it less painful.
7 She Didn’t Want To Give Up
Despite everything that happened before she got pregnant, Courteney never wanted to give up. These days she’s a mother to a fantastic daughter, Coco, that she loves having by her side. She even says that she doesn’t mind getting older, either. Courteney has said, "There are certain parts about getting older that are fantastic. Just watching my daughter go through, you know, the game of life...I see so much of myself in her, and I'm glad that...I've been through it, and learned enough now to actually help her go through things that are hard...I just have a great time with her."
6 Their Surprise Pregnancy And Life With Coco
If there’s one thing that Courteney regrets, it's her father not getting to know her daughter Coco. She believes that they would have a fantastic relationship together. Speaking about her father, Richard Cox, Courteney said (via E! Online): "He died in 2001 before I had Coco...He died of this really rare cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma... He just didn't want to go. So, it wasn't like a surrender. I'm one of these people that if you say, 'Courteney, get me well'—which is kind of what he said—I will find every... I mean, I sent the guy to Switzerland to do some radioactive treatment that no one had ever heard of. It kind of put me on a mission. He was supposed to live six months, and he ended up living a year and a half. Throughout that year and a half, even though he was doing chemo and all this stuff, he really had a great time."
5 Relying On Real Friends To Get Through Bad Times
Despite everything that Courteney Cox has gone through over the years, there have been a few people that have always remained by her side: her friends. And yes, we do mean her real friends. Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are best friends in real life (to this very day) in the same way they were the best of friends on the small screen. Without Jen, Courteney’s life wouldn’t be the same. Sharing a photo of herself and Jennifer Aniston on her birthday, Courteney wrote, “The world definitely got brighter the day this girl was born. Happy birthday, sweetheart! I Love you!”
4 Struggling To Co-Parent As A Team
No matter how hard you try to keep things drama free between you and your ex, he’s still your ex for a reason, right? Well, we are sure that Courteney feels the same way. In a perfect world, they would still be married. But because they live in an imperfect world, they sometimes struggle to see eye-to-eye on many things, including how to parent their daughter Coco. Luckily, the teen is an easy, care-free, and intelligent young lady who loves both of her parents very much. For Courteney, she’s everything she’s ever hoped for in a daughter. Courteney said, “She's funny. She's sweet. She's very sensitive. She's really a combination between me and David, for sure."
3 But At Least Courteney Has A Good Sense Of Humor
Courteney Cox knows that if it weren’t for her Friends fame, she wouldn’t be the household name that she is today. Thankfully, she is incredibly proud of all that she’s accomplished and over the fact that she was a part of one of the most successful sitcoms in history. That’s why she recently shared a cute clip of her “going home” to her old Friends apartment in New York City. To add even more of a chuckle, she captioned her post with “The One Where My Rent Goes Up $12,000.” Gotta love the Big Apple, right? And you gotta love Courteney’s sense of humor, too.
2 David Was The Real Star In Hollywood
Courteney Cox only became a huge star after 1994 thanks to her fame in Friends. But truth be told, it was David who was the bigger star in their marriage. Courteney admits that Hollywood did a bad number on her, as she often felt pressured to keep up, especially when it came to the looks department. She admits that being a woman in the industry is more difficult than it should be. "I think there's a pressure to maintain [your looks], not just because of fame, but just, you know, being a woman in this business. Getting older has not been...I don't think it's the easiest thing. But I have learned lessons," Courteney said according to E! Online.
1 Courteney’s Spotlight Isn’t What It Used To Be
While Courteney enjoyed massive success playing Monica Gellar on Friends for 10 years, it’s safe to say that her professional life isn’t what it used to be. Sure, she did enjoy some success and attention on Cougar Town, but that didn’t last very long. These days Courteney isn’t doing much work in front of the cameras, but she does have projects behind it. But then again, it’s not like she has anything to worry about. Fans from all over the world are still enjoying Friends reruns, which has surely benefited Courteney Cox’s bank account in more ways than one.
Sources: People Magazine, E! Online, etonline.com, Us Weekly, Deadline