Courtney Cox says divorce is not an option, talks friendship w/ Aniston

Courtney Cox has given an interview, promoting nothing in particular, although her new show Cougar Town is currently in production. She’s given some great sound bites about her personal life to the Daily Mail.

On her marriage:
Courteney is one of the few celebrities I’ve met who is candid about her relationship, admitting their nine-year marriage has had its rocky patches. ‘Is marriage for ever? I think you get married with the intention that it will be, but who knows?

‘I get shocked by people getting divorced all the time, that’s why I choose to work on it. Therapy helps us,’ she says, twirling her fingers around a long lock of hair. ‘It’s so easy to grow apart; marriage takes work. I suppose you can work it out by talking to each other – I would just prefer to have a referee, it reminds us why we’re together.’

Courteney’s own parents divorced when she was a child. ‘Before my dad died, he said one of his big regrets was that he hadn’t worked on their marriage enough. I don’t know what the future’s going to hold, but divorce isn’t really an option.’

Isn’t it difficult working together? ‘It seems like it would be the worst thing in the world but we manage to handle it really well. We argue, but never about work. We love being together.’

On Jennifer Aniston:
What makes her friendship with Jennifer Aniston so enduring? ‘We’ve known each other nearly 15 years now, we grew up together emotionally. I lost my father, Jen got divorced, and I had a baby. We’ve been through huge life changes together. I can be myself around her.

‘We never judge each other, we support each other, but we’re honest with each other too. I feel lucky to have her.’

Courteney won’t comment on her friend’s love life. ‘I want for Jen whatever she wants; she’s really happy at the moment, so I don’t have to worry about her.’

On beauty:
Courteney is even willing to put the record straight on internet rumours about plastic surgery. Now 44, she looks younger, but there are lines around the eyes. ‘I’ve done Botox,’ she admits, ‘and there were times when I thought, “That was nice”, but I had one bad experience when I wasn’t able to move my face for two or three months.’

Will she do it again? ‘I don’t know,’ is her candid reply. ‘I’m sure I’ll be tempted when I get older, but you see too many people who look really strange.’

She adds that David, who’s seven years younger, doesn’t think she needs any improvement. ‘He loves the ageing process; he thinks it’s beautiful. Right now, I don’t do Botox – or anything except this,’ she says, pointing to a cabinet of creams and serums by Kinerase, the American skincare company for which she’s spokesperson.

On parenthood:
‘I can’t imagine life without a child; I don’t even remember what it was like four years ago. Coco is everything to me,’ she says.

‘We did a lot of in vitro fertilisation, and it was tough. But we’d waited a few years before trying, and in retrospect I would say: don’t wait as long as I did, especially if you want more than one child.’

Mail on Sunday

Courtney has said in the past that she has done botox and been unsatisfied with the results, feeling that as an actress she needs to be able to move her face. Nicole Kidman did not get that memo.

Courtney also says that she’d love another child, but if it ‘doesn’t work’, she’ll adopt. She adds that while she wants to buy one really great present for Coco, David ‘wants to buy her 900 presents’. Usually David gets his way. This is how it often happens in our house, where we try to keep Christmas and birthdays low key but you just can’t resist those cute toys.

Courtney to me always seems like the most successful of the Friends stars, because although Jennifer Aniston’s movies earn good box office, I feel like her personal life has distracted from her success. Courtney seems to have walked away from Friends and found a great life with her family if not necessarily with her work. She also looks fabulous for 44, cosmetically enhanced or not.

Courteney Cox is shown at the premiere of Bedtime Stories on 12/18/08. Credit: Vision

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  1. Mr. T says:

    It’s good to see that she is committed to staying married. Yawn.

  2. NotBlonde says:

    It’s kinda sad when we live in a day and age when a person saying that they watch their marriage to stay together elicits yawns.

  3. vdantev says:

    Divorce isn’t an option, apparently neither is having a steady paying job. Who knows, they might make another Scream movie.

  4. Susan says:

    Helen I think that Jennifer thinks that she has had great success in her personal life – but that it doesn’t fit inside the box that North American society believes is the “right” way to have happiness. Sad that you also believe this. Just because the tabloids have reported untrue stories about Jennifer does not mean that she is not successful in her personal life. What is success in personal life? A man and babies? Really sad that this is what being a women is all about now. No man – no kids – uncessful woman. How have we gone back to this in this society?

  5. Bodhi says:

    I think that most people would say that Jen’s personal life has been “distracting” at best.

    I’m glad that Courtney & David have turned to therapy rather than call the lawyers.

  6. Susan says:

    It has been distracting because of the tabloids – that is the only reason. Jen has been, until this last movie push, living a very quiet life with family and friends and dating. However the tabloids have cannot seem to stop writing about her. However even if it is distracting because of the tabloids does that mean she is less successful?

  7. Bodhi says:

    Obviously the definition of success is vary from person to person. Anyway, I’m pretty sure Helen was referring to her professional success, rather than the success or failure of her personal life.

  8. california angel says:

    I really missed the memo where people were given the ability to make sweeping generalizations about an ENTIRE continent and it’s views on success. I wish I knew that much about everything.

  9. paris herpes says:

    Courtney looks better older than she did when she was younger. She was severely thin and now looks healthy and great. Good for her. Also, I like her criticism of Botox…love your lines and wrinkles!

  10. Kaiser says:

    She used to be so beautiful. It’s heartbreaking what she’s done to her face. And even worse because all she’ll cop to is trying Botox once. Yikes.

  11. geronimo says:

    I don’t know, Kaiser, can’t honestly see that she’s had a lot of work done, at least not here in this pic. I think she looks great, beautiful eyes.

  12. Kaiser says:

    Geronimo – I think a lot of the stuff she’s doing is temporary, like Botox or Restolin or whatever. Sometimes she looks all puffy and waxy, sometimes she looks normal- like in this pic.

  13. Ellen Smith says:

    Another star with crooked nostrils.

  14. lene says:

    but she has this botox glow…

  15. Sarah says:

    I think she IS the most successful actor/actresses of the Friends-ensemble, just because she did loads of movies back in the 80s already. She’s been in the business for almost 25 yrs and is still running high. I think that classifies her “most successful”, at least to my definition.

    Besides that… I personally think that she is a very nice and down to earth person, because I don’t feel she has changed her behaviour towards fans or press over the years, no matter how well she was received criticially or economically. I appreciate that with ppl generally and I think it’s hard to achieve when you’re so much in the focus like any celeb is.

  16. Maritza says:

    Jennifer is lucky to have such a good friend as Courtney. She is really beautiful.

  17. Cheyenne says:

    I wouldn’t say Aniston has had “great success in her personal life” since she’s been dumped by one man after the next since her divorce. But maybe she’s happy as a serial dumpee, and if that’s the case, more power to her.

    It’s nice that Courtney and David have been able to work through their problems. I would imagine their relatiionship has grown stronger since Dave put his foot down about Aniston being a perpetual third wheel in their marriage.

  18. Rosebudd says:

    I think she is beautiful and looks the same now as then. Minus the facial fat you lose w/ age & hormone variations. If she is still trying for a child, she is probably having fluctuations causing her to look different at times. She seems to be a great, LOYAL friend. I have two great friends like that fr. HS & regardless of our differences or anger, restraint of pen & tongue brins us back together again quickly. I feel blessed. Go Courtney!

  19. MT says:

    I am sorry to say this, but I think she looks a bit depressed.

    I hope she is only tired or perhaps has a cold.

    I am not sure she is a good friend to Jennifer. I think she is a little bit using her friend’s name to get ahead or get some coverage, but if Jen is fine with that and aware of that- then, I guess is fine.

  20. so what says:

    Cheyenne???I didn’t know you were privy to private conversations between Courtney and seem to know so much about them..when exactly did David put his foot down???And please tell us who all these men were who dumped Jennifer…besides the cheating Brad?

  21. Granger says:

    I’m so tired of reading how a celebrity (usually female) looks so fabulous “for her age.” People who write that must live in a part of the world I’m not aware of, where women suddenly turn into old hags when they hit 40. Because where I live, most of my late-30s/early-40s friends look just as good as women like Aniston, Cox, Kidman, Berry, etc. They may not have the “perfect” bodies of these women, but they make a point of exercising regularly and eating well — and they do it ALL while raising two or three kids without any help from nannies, housekeepers, personal assistants and chefs. (YOU hire all of those people for a month and tell me that, by the end of it, you aren’t looking a lot tighter, toned and more rested!)

    As for Cox’s (and other celebrity women’s) skin, she probably *hasn’t* had Botox or Restalin recently. What she does have is the benefit of regular visits to the spa for expensive facials that make her skin glow, PLUS she uses one of the most expensive skincare lines in the world. Creams and lotions don’t have the same effect as plastic surgery, but they sure can help.

    And the last item on my soapbox list… Don’t forget, whenever you see a photo of a celeb on the red carpet, they’ve just spent two hours having their make-up applied by a professional, who is adept at hiding any and all flaws; and the lighting on the carpet is so bright it would wash out the pores on an elephant’s back!

    Sorry. I just find myself feeling more and more frustrated with the constant reinforcement of this idea that celeb women look so much better than the rest of us poor slobs. I think the average woman is much more admirable, because we work hard to take care of ourselves, AND our careers, AND our children, AND our homes, AND our communities, without all of the help these celeb women have.

  22. Cheyenne says:

    To #20: well, let’s go down the list: There was Vince Vaughn who said “enough” after five or six mtnths; then their was Paul Sculfor who said “enough” after five or six weeks; then there was another guy (I think his last name was Lewis) whom everyone said she was really interested in until he had a party and failed to invite her (I think she got the message), and then of course there is John Mayer who famously kicked her to the curb in public and youi can bet your bottom dollar he is going to do it again. But hey, like I said, as long as she’s happy, who’s to complain?

  23. Susan says:

    Don’t you know Cheyenne thinks she knows Jennifer and company. Or at least she thinks she does in her sad little mind. What I love about your post Cheyenne is that Vince, Paul were the ones who decided that the relationship should end. How do you know that it wasn’t Jennifer. And also the whole Lewis thing was made up by Star. You really need to do some reading besides Star and In Touch. I got to say though that I do find your posts entertaining though. They always serve for a good laugh. However your obsession is starting to show a bit – perhaps you should go and post on other people and not worry about jennifer so much – i know it would be hard for you but just for christmas try to think of something other than Jennifer if not for your mental health then for your family.

  24. lene says:

    granger you are so right. very good comment.

  25. Kristen says:

    Susan ~

    That’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

  26. coffee says:

    Courtney Cox possesses an under-appreciated beauty i think