David Arquette on Oprah Show

Many of you, I’m sure, will know of David Arquette and Courteney Cox. They were one of the most famous couples in Hollywood but in 2010, it was announced that the couple was separating after eleven years of marriage. On 24 February 2011, David Arquette appeared in his first television interview since his release from rehab on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He revealed details from his struggles with sobriety after a lifetime of substance abuse to what it was like growing up in a dysfunctional family to his split with “Friends” star Courteney Cox.

Arquette and Cox first met in 1996 on the set of the horror movie, Scream, and their on-screen relationship turned into a real-life romance (engagement). They were the perfect example of “opposites attract”; according to Arquette, he was the “livewire” and Cox was his “grounding force” (complementary differences).  Arquette and Cox seemed like the perfect couple until tabloid scandals started to surface. There were rumours about Cox having an affair with her Cougar Town co-star, Brian Van Holt, which Arquette feared were true (actions that undermine trust).

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“I thought she was having an affair with someone. And that made me angry. That made me like, ‘I’ll show you.’ And my way of doing that was getting really self-destructive and virtually suicidal. There were dark moments of real pain and loss and sadness”

Although Arquette has accepted that Cox was faithful throughout their marriage, there were other factors that caused problems in their relationship. Arquette admitted that he was jealous of Cox’s career; he felt that he “was sort of always in her shadow” (aversive emotional state). This was because of her success in the television sitcom Friends, and then going on to the television shows Dirt and Cougar Town. Thus, he felt that Cox has always enjoyed a more successful career than him, leading to his jealousy.

Now, Arquette is trying to get used to living alone in his LA home that he and Cox owned together. However, he “hopes they can still save their relationship” and he “is determined to remain on good terms for the sake of their six-year-old daughter Coco”. (de-escalation).

Personally, I really hope that they will get back together someday. They were a, and this will sound cliche, “match-made in heaven” even though they are complete opposites of each other. So hopefully there will be good news for these two celebrities in the future!


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10 responses to “David Arquette on Oprah Show

  1. Sarah

    The break-up of a marriage is more stressful when the couple is in a publicised relationship and are well known celebrities. I wish them both the best and hope they get the privacy they need.

  2. Thanks for the comment Sarah! And yes, it is a lot more stressful when you’re going through something horrible such as a separation or divorce and being in the limelight 24/7. Celebrities, just like everyone else, deserve a break and the media should respect the fact that they need their privacy, especially when handling these kinds of issues.

  3. It broke my heart when I read this news! They were so sweet together, and they really live up to the popular phrase of opposites attract! </3

    Being celebrities in Hollywood, maintaining a relationship seems like a harder thing to do. I mean a normal couple had troubles, but being celebrities where your problems are shared to the world (willingly/unwillingly), it added pressure to the couples. Personally, I think Arquette should not divulge too much information on his marriage to the public even if they are going through a separation. After all, their problems are their own and sharing them make add further strain to their already troubled relationship.

    • I think he talked about all those things because he wanted people to understand what was really going on in his life, what with all the family problems he faced and stuff. It might seem like a bit more than what people should know about his private life but if he thinks that it can help his relationship with Courteney Cox, then it’s his prerogative I guess.

      I agree with what you said about the added pressure celebrities face when their problems are being publicized for the whole world to see. It’s really unfair, but I’m sure these celebrities know of the consequences they might face by being in the limelight. To some extent, they have to do their part and take extra precaution when it comes to their personal lives.

  4. ok although i really have no idea who they are, i personally feel that it is hard for them to get back together. what is done has been done and in this case i am talking about their distrust. to me, once it is broken, no matter how much effort one puts in, the situation cannot never be salvaged.

    • I think David Arquette has moved on from his trust issue with Courteney Cox but it will probably still be hard for him to get back together with her because so many things have happened in his life. It’s too much drama.

      However, the fact that he wishes to remain on good terms with Cox (de-escalation) is a good sign. Hopefully the two of them will be able to work things out and get back together!

  5. TheycallmeKenneth

    Were they always that popular? After the death of F.R.I.E.N.D.S I thought they faded for a while. But this is a pretty good example of the culture of relationships in Hollywood, easy formation, easy break-up. Seldom do you ever see long lasting relationships anymore. Good observation on their relationship, the coverage from the media makes it easier for us to apply theories on celebrities.

    • Yes the situations you see celebrities getting themselves into are sad but true. It’s hard to find a celebrity couple actually staying together “til death do [they] part”. (Ryan Reynolds & Scarlett Johansson!) But this does make it easier for us to analyze these relationships and apply the theories we learnt. Real-life examples are always of good use for learning. (:

  6. cheryl

    I think this is quite sad because 11 years of marriage have just gone down the drain just like that. Personally, I feel that it is quite amazing for two celebrities to last that long given the number of divorces between celebs rising for the past few years. One example will be that of Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley. However, there is no reason to continue a relationship that has already changed. Arquette will still continue to get jealous of Cox even though he placed his trust back to Cox. Hence, splitting up might be a better option, maybe not towards their daughter though.

  7. Yeah which was why it was really shocking when they said they were separating. I think the fact that we’re seeing so many celebrity couples getting divorced every other day shows how hard it is to maintain a relationship. This is especially when they are in the limelight 24/7. Relationship maintenance is already hard to begin with, what’s more if you’re being scrutinized by everyone all the time.

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