Courteney Cox will always be an inspiring actress, which is why it’s super important that she opened up and got real about something a lot of us often face — the aftermath of a bad breakup. But, she chose an interesting platform to share this information — on the set of Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
Grylls put Cox through a survival test, and decided to ask a bit about her romantic life in the process. First, Cox opened up about one of her first public breakups, from ex-husband David Arquette back in 2010.
“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. I think you really need to work in a relationship, and I think that we tried. We’re just really different, too,” Cox said, noting that she was looking for a bit more of an intimate connection.
Cox is currently dating Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid, and while the two are currently together, they did have a bit of a rough patch: In 2015, the two briefly separated, after announcing their engagement. While they’re back together, the breakup was definitely a little devastating for her.
“There’s something about … you know, he’s from Ireland. And the way he regards love is precious,” she told Grylls. “We have to treat it in a different way. It’s more special. … You coddle it. So, I didn’t know how to regard love the way he does. 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. It was always external. 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.”
Since Cox’s breakup with Arquette seemed to be somewhat mutual, and always friendly (the two lovingly still co-parent daughter Coco, who’s currently 12) this small parting was definitely on a completely different level. Fortunately, it seems like Cox and McDaid truly grew from the experience, and currently have a relationship that they both truly believe in.
It’s incredible that Cox is so willing to share these parts of her life, proving that she’s really a great role model for young women looking for a little bit of advice. Cox has been through quite a lot, and has managed to stay both healthy and positive throughout all of it.