Courteney Cox Comes Clean About Break-Ups And Aging

Courteney Cox rose to fame first with her appearance in the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” and has remained in the public spotlight ever since, but that doesn’t mean she’s comfortable being under a constant spotlight. During her new appearance on Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Cox talks about the increased pressure to cling to one’s youth with the advent of the internet and how that has affected her approach to aging. Courteney also opened up about her failed marriage to Scream co-star David Arquette and rekindling her latest romance with Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid.

Cougar Town Star Courteney Cox On Growing Older In The Public Eye

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Courteney Cox explored the Irish Highlands with the host of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, as she shared her thoughts on aging in Hollywood and how the online community makes it that much harder to accept the changes that aging brings about. According to Entertainment Tonight, Cox says she has always felt doubly pressured by her fame and by the mere fact that she’s a professional woman in the Hollywood industry. Courteney added that remarks left in comments on the internet can add to one’s insecurities.

“If I ever want to feel really bad about myself, I just click on one of those Daily Mail comment sections,” she told Grylls.

Courteney says she spent too much time trying to hang on to her youth and to keep up with the image the public had of her, which only added to her stress and contributed toward aging even faster. Eventually, Cox learned to accept the process as a part of life.

“I have done things that I regret, and luckily they’re thing that dissolve and go away. So, that’s good, because it’s not always been my best look,” Ms. Cox shared. “So, now I just have a new motto: ‘Just let it be.’”

Love Is New Again For Courteney Cox And Johnny McDaid

Last December, Cox and Snow Patrol frontman Johnny McDaid split up, ending their engagement and seemingly going their separate ways, but, as E! Online reveals, the separated couple reunited in April, sharing passionate PDA’s that hinted the romance was back on track. As it turns out, the reconciliation rumors were true.

“It’s just… everything’s new,” said Courteney on Running Wild with Bear Grylls. “And we have both really worked on ourselves on the parts that needed the most attention. And it feels really different.”

Cox explained that she had been engaged to McDaid for over a year, before they had their split and, while she doesn’t say what prompted the break-up, Courteney does hint that it might have been due to miscommunication. She says that Johnny’s Irish upbringing instilled a very different view of love than what is generally accepted in American culture. Cox says, for McDaid, love is more precious and considered to be special in ways that are taken for granted here in America.

“I didn’t know how to regard love the way he does,” Courteney shared. “And it definitely made a lot of mistakes that I see, whether it’s co-dependency or people-pleasing. I didn’t know how to bring it in. I was always external.”

The relationship with McDaid has been a learning experience for the Cougar Town actress and whatever else may have come of the split, Courteney says she came away from it with a new understanding of love and of Johnny McDaid.

“I definitely have learned a lot, and no matter what, I will be a better person from that breakup, even though it was so brutal.”

While Courteney is focused on her renewed relationship with the Snow Patrol frontman, she hasn’t completely forgotten about her previous marriage to David Arquette. In fact, that’s fairly hard to do, when it’s brought up in so many interviews. Talking about it, Cox says there was nothing remarkable about the divorce. It was just a matter of having fallen out of love and realizing it was time to step away from a failing relationship.

“We found ourselves leading separate lives and just coexisting and being great friends, but not having the intimacy that…is so important in a relationship,” says Ms. Cox. “I think you really need to work in a relationship, and I think we tried.”

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