Since their split, fans have wondered why Courteney Cox and David Arquette split and where they are now after starring in five scream movies.
Courteney and David met on the set of 1996 scream, in which they played love interests Gale Weathers and Dewy Riley. We fell in love with the first, hated each other on the second, got married just before the third and… what are you talking about, what’s wrong? Is there any news about us?” Courteney told ABC News in 2011. In a 2009 interview with People, David revealed that he and Courteney met at a pre-party before filming for scream started. “We met at a pre-party before filming Scream. I was a little cocky and Courteney said, “Ah, I’ve heard of you,” and we just kept flirting for a while. She’s just so beautiful and she makes so many jokes,” he said. He also confirmed it wasn’t love at first sight for Courteney. “It was for me, but not for her. I had to fool her,” said he.
David proposed to Courteney after dating for two years in 1998. According to a People report at the time, David proposed to Courteney on an east coast beach while on vacation. “Courteney Cox Arquette, will you marry me?” he said as fireworks shot off a boat he’d rented. Courteney said yes and David handed her a Victorian engagement ring. That was classic Courteney and David,” scream director Wes Craven told People. “He did something so unabashed and so sincere, and she just carried on with it.” David and Courteney married in 1998 at a San Francisco wedding attended by stars like Courteney’s friends co-stars, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc, as well as Aniston’s then-husband, Brad Pitt, and David’s sister, Patricia Arquette.
In 2004, Courteney and David welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Coco. In an interview with The Daily Mail in 2008, Courteney claimed that “divorce” was “not an option” between her and David. “I’m always scared of people getting divorced, that’s why I choose to work on it. Therapy helps us,” she said at the time. “It’s so easy to grow apart; marriage takes work. I suppose you can work it out by talking to each other – I’d just rather have a referee, it reminds us why we’re together.” Two years after the interview, Courteney and David announced their separation. They finalized their divorce for three years after their announcement So why did Courteney Cox and David Arquette divorce?Read on for the real reason behind their breakup and where they are now.
Why did Courteney Cox and David Arquette divorce?
Why did Courteney Cox and David Arquette divorce? Courteney and David announced their separation in October 2010 after more than 11 years of marriage. In a statement to People at the time, Courteney and David revealed that they…
“agreed to a trial separation that [dated] a while back” before deciding to make their split official. “The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage,” the statement read. “We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other very much. As we go through this process, we are determined to use kindness and understanding to get through this together.” The statement continued: “We are comfortable with the boundaries we have set for each other during this separation and we hope that our friends, family, fans and the media will show us respect, dignity, understanding and love during this time as well.”
In an interview with Howard Stern that same month, David confirmed that he was “not the one to mention this” [separation] in order.” “It breaks my heart,” he said. “I begged Courteney to come back to me. She’s confused too.” During the interview, David hinted that he and Courteney were breaking up because of how immature he was. “She said to me, ‘I don’t want to be your mother anymore,'” he said. “And I appreciated that about her… She wouldn’t tell me, ‘Don’t do that.’ She didn’t want to bother me anymore.”
Courteney, for her part, told Stern in April 2011 that she and David broke up because of their sexual differences. “It was early in the morning,” Courteney said of a time he and David were at a Disneyworld hotel with their daughter Coco. “This is one of our problems in our relationship. Whenever I needed comfort from David, he couldn’t literally put his arm around me for a second without getting a boner.
Courtney later clarified that David had not asked her for sex at the time. “[He] was never like, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry your father is dying. Can we fuck?’” she said. “So [Disney World] just wasn’t the right time and I don’t want to confuse the issue. We are going through a difficult time.” Later in the interview, Courteney revealed that the real reason for her and David’s breakup was because of how “different” they were. “You can’t count [Disney World] like the place where you know I don’t love you. I just woke up,” she said. “I do not think so” [sexual attraction] is the problem. The truth is we love each other so much. We have so much affection for each other, but we are very different.”
She continued: “We are not fighters. We probably won’t get as real as we should, like we do now. there are a lot of things that David likes to do, completely the opposite things that I do. I am a house sparrow. David… doesn’t drink anymore, he’s completely sober, but he likes to go out and dance… I don’t want to put a brake on his life,” Cox explained. “He’s a really nice guy, he’s very outgoing. I am much more introverted.”
Courtney and David filed for divorce on the same day in June 2012. They finalized their divorce in May 2013. “Irreconcilable disagreements have caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage,” court documents obtained by People read Courtney, David and a judge. “The marital status of the parties is terminated.” They agreed to joint custody of Coco.
After their divorce, David and Courteney starred in two more scream movies: 2011’s shout 4 and that of 2022 shout 5. Together they continue to run their production company Coquette Productions. The company, which they founded in 2012, is an amalgamation of their names. In a 2020 interview with Yahoo, David revealed that he and “never fought” during their divorce or as co-parents to Coco. “We are co-parents of our daughter who is 16, so we have a very good relationship,” he said at the time. “We are friends and we communicated a lot thanks to Coco.” He continued: ‘Our daughter is really wonderful. There are tough parts, especially through the teenage years. There are many emotions and feelings. We just haven’t had it easy with it, we’ve just been very open and supported each other. We never went up against each other [or] fought each other, through the process of divorce and through the process of raising our child. So it was made for a friendship and relationship that is out of respect.” Courteney also called David her “best friend” in a 2012 interview with People. “He’s my favorite person in the world,” she said. “He’s my best friend. Whatever happens in our future, he’s my best friend.”
Less than a year after finalizing her divorce from David, Courteney started her Snow Patrol lead singer Johnny McDaid. They announced their engagement in June 2013. In 2019, Courteney confirmed that she and McDaid had ended their engagement but are still in a relationship. David, for his part, began dating Entertainment Tonight reporter Christina McLarty in 2011. The two welcomed their first child together, a son named Charlie West, in 2014. David and McLarty became engaged in July 2014 and married in April 2015. They welcomed their second child together, a son named Augustus Alexis, in 2017.
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