Radar: Courteney Cox & David Arquette had an open marriage?

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 17: Actress Courteney Cox and actor Brian Van Holt attend the InStyle and Warner Bros. 67th Annual Golden Globes post-party held at the Oasis Courtyard at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for InStyle)

When news came out yesterday about David Arquette and Courteney Cox’s split, my first thought was, of course “Yeah, I knew that was going to happen.” My second thought was this story from several months ago, about Courteney Cox being SO close to her Cougar Town costar, Brian Van Holt, to the point where tabloids were claiming they were openly having an affair. But I totally forgot about these stories here and here – about David “throwing a birthday party” for 21-year-old Hayden Panettiere, and about David’s seeming “mid-life crisis”. All in all, their marriage seemed in disrepair for about a year now, so nothing would surprise me. Not even the murmurings of an “open marriage.”

It was the night Courteney Cox chose to send her chauffeur driven limousine home, without her, and opt instead to spend it on the Cougar Town set with her hunky co-star Brian Van Holt. In April this year, at the height of headlines romantically linking Courteney, 46, to Brian, 40, the former Friends star chose not to go home following an intense day of shooting, as had become the norm for the mother-of-one.

“The driver went there to get her to take her home but Brian (Van Holt) came out instead,” according to one eyewitness, who spoke exclusively to RadarOnline.com.
“Brian dismissed the driver, telling him that she (Courteney) would be staying there, and that he didn’t need to come back.”

It was yet another instance that got tongues wagging on the ABC lot. Instead, Courteney and Brian, who plays her affable ex-husband on the hit sitcom, escaped to the sanctuary of the actress’ luxurious bungalow, RadarOnline.com learned.

“The talk on the set was that she and David had an open marriage,” our on-set source told RadarOnline.com. “David came to the Cougar Town set maybe four or five times over the course of the season, that’s not a lot compared with other actors.

“Courteney spent a lot of her time on the set with Brian.”

In a move that stunned Hollywood, Cox and Arquette – who married in 1999 after meeting while filming the 1996 thriller Scream – announced Monday they had separated, but remained “best friends and responsible parents” to their daughter six-year-old Coco.

In a statement, the pair said, “The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage.”

Yet for Courteney’s Cougar Town co-workers, the sudden split didn’t come as much of a surprise.

“It was clear to those working on the set that something was going on with her marriage,” the source told RadarOnline.com. And on set, it wasn’t always all-work-and-no-play for Courteney and her close companion Brian, who once commandeered a golf cart owned by the studio for a joy ride to a nearby bar.

“They just jumped in – basically stole it – and took off to meet friends across the street for drinks,” an onlooker said. “They seemed to have a lot of fun together… they were always chummy.”

As RadarOnline.com reported, around the same time as the night Courteney didn’t go home, she and Brian had been spotted dining together four times – with David nowhere in sight. Reports of a strain in her marriage to David first surfaced in 2007 after the couple admitted to seeking couples’ therapy to deal with the stresses associated with a relationship.

Rumors were fuelled two years later when she and Brian were spotted laughing and flirting while at dinner at Malibu’s Coral Beach Cantina and drinking at The Other Room, a Venice Beach watering hole. Courteney even flaunted Brian in front of David at a charity fundraiser her husband hosted at his PROPR shop on December 17, 2009.

[From Radar]

When David was previously reported to be in the midst of a mid-life crisis, I honestly thought he seemed like a guy in pain, not like a guy who had a license to cheat. So, I have a theory. I think their marriage was already on the rocks and Courteney went to David and said “I don’t want out – yet. I want to see other people, though. And you can too.” And David was devastated, but he agreed. So Courteney started up with Brian Van Holt, and David did whatever to keep busy. But, in the end, it was just the final nail in their coffin. It makes sense, doesn’t it?

These are new pics of Courteney walking around with some hot guy yesterday. She wasn’t wearing her ring. It shocks me to think that there are so many men wanting to hook up with her BotoxFace.



The 2010 Crystal + Lucy Awards held at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California on June 1st, 2010. Courteney Cox, David Arquette         Fame Pictures, Inc

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 17: Actors Courtney Cox-Arquette (L) and David Arquette arrive at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 17, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

45439, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Saturday September 25 2010. A wedding ring-less David Arquette clowning around with funnyman Jeff Beacher in West Hollywood. Arquette, who is married to Cougartown star Courtney Cox-Arquette, and Las Vegas showman Beacher are working together on a new Madhouse venture at the world-famous Roosevelt Hotel in LA, which is set to launch next month. According to reports, the Madhouse will feature a live cabert and all the waiters will be little people. Photograph:  Hellmuth Dominguez, PacificCoastNews.com *FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE E-TABLET/IPAD & MOBILE PHONE APP PUBLISHING REQUIRES ADDITIONAL FEES**

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  1. Samigirl says:

    It shocks ME that some people consider Van Holt “hunky.”

  2. bizzy says:

    in the end, it was just the final nail in their coffin.

    yeah, it’s surprising how often sex with random other people fails to fix a marriage.

  3. Statler says:

    Only when compared to Arquette. They’re both pretty unfortunate-looking.

  4. devilgirl says:

    According to Radar, everyone in Hollywood has an open marriage.

  5. Maritza says:

    David seems like a really fun nice guy,I hope he finds some beautiful young girl who will understand and love him.

  6. terryo says:

    From the pics on other sites it looks as if David made a great trade! Younger, firmer, probably buys in to David’s agenda better.

  7. Stephie says:

    It’s the eyes. (and the bod probably). She has awesome eyes.

  8. Carol says:

    She’s talented & gorgeous, plastic surgery or not. BVH is just creepy. But David’s offbeat, so she doesn’t go for lookers. I like David and I think he really loves her. I always felt they had more of a mommy-son vibe: she was the control freak and he the mischevious little boy. She probably got sick of it. BVH strikes me as a bad boy. It would be great if they saw what they had and stayed together, but when does that ever happen? I hope David finds someone fabulous who appreciates him.

  9. viper says:

    everyone in hollywood having an open marriage?! Depp was never like that. Granted he never married but I dont believe he would do that at all.

  10. flourpot says:

    I hope neither of them are too busy screwing other people to give their daughter the attention she really needs right now as her parents go their separate ways. Always feeling for the kid in these situations.

  11. Lori says:

    Heard Arquette on Stern this morning. He is soooo devastated.

  12. michael says:

    yeah, brian van holt used to be very sexy but nowadays he…. is…. just not.

  13. Nancy says:

    They didn’t seem to me like they had an open marriage it looked like they were very commited to each other. If they did have an open marriage that never works out there are other couples I suspected of having an open marriage for example(Sean Penn and Robin Wright) probably others to but I don’t know why people do that stupid stuff whats the point of getting married if you’re gonna cheat.

  14. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    @viper Depp wouldnt!! Thank you for bringing him up! He has honor, a lot of these celebrities do not.

    I am not shocked just sad. All these marriages flaunting affairs.. What kind of message does that send out to our young people? It’s ok just to drop commitments and sleep around??

    I wish the kid well, she’s gonna need it.

  15. Iggles says:

    I’m sure perma third wheel Aniston had to do with some of the stress. Still all that glitters isn’t gold. Courtney may have been itching to be a single gal again, like her friend, but is it worth trading you’re family?

    For her sake I hope this works out for the best.

  16. Liana says:

    According to Radar, everyone in Hollywood has an open marriage.

    Radar would be wrong.

  17. Get Real says:

    LMAO at “Johnny Depp would never do that”…Puhlease!

    Depp is a total wierdo LOSER and cheats on Vanessa constantly…that’s why he doesn’t want to get married.

  18. lrm says:

    I think CC is beautiful. Always have…
    don’t know her as a person…so i cannot comment on that.
    but she’s a classic beauty in my opinion…even with the recent ‘interventions’-which i hope she will slow down on….

  19. Raven says:

    Pretty strange comment there, Get Real.

    As for this couple, I can buy Kaiser’s theory that she told him she wanted an open marriage and he was kind of stuck with his mouth open, not sure what to do next. She seems like one of those women who is too insecure to leave a relationship until she has someone else lined up.

  20. Lila says:

    Lainey Gossip has been say this forever.

  21. Rosanna says:

    She is a beautiful lady so it doesn’t shock me that somebody wants to hook up with her. But given her antics, what shocks me is that somebody might want to STAY hooked up with her LOL

  22. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    @Get Real…. Prove it.

  23. Riley says:

    The dude in the picture with the Ohio State shirt on looks like he is probably gay. She is probably opening up to her gay best friend right now.

  24. la_chica says:

    according to Celebitchy no one in Hollywood has an open marriage and it’s completely unbelievable that any couple could actual -gasp!- condone sleeping with other people

  25. Kim says:

    They had problems from day 1. Both of them always said they were way to different and had nothing in common. Being a mother Courtney should wait until divorced before moving on to a co star or anyone else. Tacky she hasnt waited. Time spent w her new boyfriend/co-star is time she WASNT working on her marriage & time away from her daughter. Its just good karma and morals to wait til ink dry before moving on.

  26. The Bobster says:

    When an actress feels the need to hyphenate her name, it’s a bad omen.

  27. viper says:

    @ Get real

    I don’t see any proof and your assumption is not only baseless it’s DISCUSTING. You fall under the lot that peobablly laughed when you heard Depp (hoax) died in a car crash a few days ago.

  28. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    @Viper Thank you! Good point!

  29. Strawberry says:

    I don’t know their situation, but I did bump into her on Queen Street West in Toronto about 5 years ago, and she was so sweet. Walking her dogs with a friend, said hi and we bonded over our love of dogs (we both had King Charles Spaniels). Have to say I’m sad she’s mucked up her face, bec. she was gorge back then without a sprig of make-up on.
    Feel bad for Coco too.

  30. Jeri says:

    The whole situation is sad and so are everyones’ comments/guesses on the status of celeb marriages.

  31. mln says:

    The Arquettes grew up on a commune my thought has always been that she wanted out of the marraige and he offered an open marraige as an alternative.

  32. Ruffian9 says:

    “When an actress feels the need to hyphenate her name, it’s a bad omen.”

    Ok, that makes NO sense whatsoever….