Shock of shocks, David Arquette and Courteney Cox’s split took only one cover story this week. And by that I mean, the big cover, not the sidebar. Their split made it to every sidebar story, and the tabloids didn’t have time to do a big “WHAT HAPPENED?!” to Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman. But Courtney got her solo People cover – probably her first in a years and years. Unfortunately for all of the tabloids, deadlines are deadlines, and my guess is that no one got the chance to update their stories with David’s candid comments to Howard Stern yesterday. So what we’re left with is bits and pieces of unnamed sources doing a lot of hand-wringing – where were these sources when the blogs and the budget tabloids (like Star) were saying that something weird was happening in their marriage, and that Courteney was boning Brian Van Holt?
Shooting their movie Scream 4 this summer, things didn’t seem right between David Arquette and Courteney Cox. The pair put on a united front for daughter Coco, 6, but often retreated to separate trailers between takes.
“It seemed like the worst-kept secret that things were weird between them,” a set source tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
In the wake of their separation announcement this week – and Arquette’s recent revelations about the couple’s issues and their sex life to Howard Stern – friends of the famously mismatched pair say they always had differences but seemed to work through them.
Now, however, both Arquette, 39, and Cox, 46, are figuring out where to go from here.
“This was not an overnight thing,” a source close to the pair says of their trial separation. “They needed to figure things out and try to find a happy place again.”
Yeah, I feel pretty confident saying that they’re not going to get back together. I’m just hoping that David doesn’t spin out of control and that they both maintain a strong friendship for their daughter.
Meanwhile, many of these a-hole “sources” are putting the “blame” for the split on Courteney’s years-long fertility issues. One source tells OK! Magazine: “They had trouble getting pregnant after Coco so it really put a strain on the marriage and on the relationship. Eventually they drifted apart.” I find this a low-blow, and it offends me deeply. For all of her faults, I always admired Courteney’s candid, honest discussion about her fertility problems, and I know she spoke for many women facing the same difficulties. I’m sure both David and Courteney would have liked to have had other kids, and maybe they still will, separately or in other, future relationships. It just seems like some of the tabloid “sources” are making sure that Courteney gets the “blame” for the split because she didn’t have enough babies, or because she had fertility issues. When really everyone is ignoring her jump-off, you know?
One more thing – that chick Jasmine Waltz, the one David boned when he and Courteney were separated… well, she’s trying to get her 15 minutes’ worth. Radar and TMZ both have stories about her this morning. Ugh.
Here are some photos from a few months ago, with Laura Dern sitting in between them like the harbinger of DOOM.
People cover courtesy of CoverAwards.