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!