Their marriage lasted over ten years, but in the end Courteney Cox and David Arquette couldn’t overcome their differences. After two years of separation, David Arquette filed for divorce.
Divorce finalized May 2013
When their romance first started in 1996 it seemed an unlikely one. But eventually nobody doubted that these two were in love. They married in June 1999 and welcomed daughter Coco five years later.
It was obvious that the couple could not have been happier and for a long time nobody knew that they did have troubles in their marriage. Only after they separated and eventually divorced, did Courteney Cox and David Arquette open up about their marriage. Yet, despite all its shortcomings, the two remain friends to this day.
Rumors of trouble in paradise emerged in 2010, but initially the pair refuted them. Eventually, however, they announced their separation. And it didn’t sound as if they had taken that step lightly. At the time they considered it a trial-separation to see where both of them stood in life and if there was a chance to stay together in the future.
For some time it seemed that both wanted to reconcile, but it never happened. David was troubled, mostly emotionally, which led to drinking and too much partying. Eventually he checked himself into rehab, which Courteney very much supported.
It emerged that the pair had been in couple’s therapy for quite a while before deciding to separate. And in a candid interview with Howard Stern, they spoke of their marital troubles. It appears that David was not always the most mature and reliable husband and that he tried to solve problems, of whatever nature, with sex rather than simply being a supportive partner.
David revealed at some point that he cheated on Courteney, with whom he hadn’t had sex for months at that time, and that it made him feel quite manly. In hindsight it seems there were a few problems in their marriage and they all added up when the two separated.
Courteney also said that David was so much more gregarious than her, who was more of an introvert. Relationships between introverts and extroverts are not necessarily set up to fail. Both can greatly benefit from each other’s different natures. But concessions have to be made and Courteney said last year that they certainly tried. They were together long enough to show that they had tried, but in the end they were too different.
She also admitted to having regrets and that she had wished not to have put her daughter through the experience of her parents divorcing. But the exes always kept it amicable. After a separation of two years during which Courteney and David were frequently seen together, kept working together and continued to co-parent their daughter, it was David who filed for divorce in 2012.
At the time he had already started seeing his new fiancée Christina McLarty, which is likely one of the reasons he filed for divorce.
It seems that Courteney and David let each other go in the end. Courteney said in an interview last year that she wished him happiness. It’s what you do. You want the person you love to be happy, even if that is not with you.
Courteney and David have repeatedly said that they have nothing but love for each other and that they continue to be family. That includes their new partners as well. Courteney approves of Christina and said that her daughter was very excited to be a big sister. She even revealed the gender of the child on Ellen Degeneres’ show.
Courteney herself has been dating Johnny McDaid, a member of Snow Patrol, since 2013 and is now engaged to him.
Perhaps Courteney and David will get their happy endings after all, even if not with each other.