Courteney Cox & Johnny McDaid called off their 18-month-long engagement


I’m surprised to realize this, but Johnny McDaid and Courteney Cox were together for a somewhat significant amount of time, since at least late 2013. Meaning they were together for two years or longer. They announced their engagement in June 2014, and they’ve allegedly been planning the wedding ever since. Johnny is an Irishman, but he decamped to LA to be with CC, and he’s been living in her home this whole time. But according to sources, Johnny packed his bags a few weeks ago and now the engagement is totally done.

Courteney Cox and her fiance rocker Johnny McDaid have broken up, and called off their wedding — but we’ve found out they fought like hell to make it work. Sources close to the former couple tell us the Snow Patrol guitarist packed up and moved out of Courteney’s homes in Malibu and L.A. shortly before Thanksgiving. We’re told he flew back home to England.

They got engaged in June 2014 after 6 months of dating, but we’re told they’ve been struggling over lifestyle choices: She enjoys going out with friends, but he’s more low-key and private. Photogs last spotted them together back in August. Our sources say they tried going to counseling to work out their issues, but finally they mutually decided to end things.

[From TMZ]

Radar had much the same story, and it seems like Radar might have even broken the story of the split. Radar’s sources make it sound like this was mostly Johnny’s call, that up until a few weeks ago, Cox was still planning the wedding and now she’s devastated: “Johnny was really the love of her life. She doesn’t know where this came from.” Sources claim that McDaid didn’t really like Cox’s LA lifestyle, nor did he like her “cougar” reputation. Page Six also has a lengthy piece about why they split, with sources claiming that McDaid didn’t like that Cox was so close to so many male costars, and some claiming that Cox hated that Johnny smoked/vaped.

Just FYI: everyone agrees on the fact that McDaid was the one to pull the plug on the engagement. So was this just your average cold-feet situation? Or was it something else? I noticed time and time again that Courteney really started doing some crazy stuff to her face when she got with McDaid. I mean, she’s been tweaking, filler-ing and Botoxing for years now, but she did look extra-jacked when she was with Johnny. CB doesn’t think this split was about her appearance, and I guess I sort of agree. The split might have happened because of what’s behind Cox’s constant tweaking though, which is that she’s a woman deathly afraid of aging.

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  1. Nancy says:

    Kind of ironic that Courteney and Meg Ryan are both stories today. Both victims of looking for eternal youth and bad surgery. I never thought this relationship would last and I feel bad for her. She seems like a cool lady. Tis the season……

    • Naya says:

      It seems more than just your average vanity with Courtney and Meg. I feel like these two may suffer from dysmorphia and/or addiction to cosmetic surgery. They clearly dont see what everybody else sees when they look into a mirror. And as with any addiction they are clearly in denial over how much longer they can keep this up.

      • AmyB says:

        I agree completely @Naya. When women (or men) constantly resort to cosmetic surgery to change their look, something more serious psychologically is going on. Neither Meg nor Courtney must be able to accurately see what is in the mirror, and that is truly sad b/c both are beautiful women who have destroyed their faces with constant surgery — they just don’t even look normal anymore. I am sure most women have a hard time getting older and seeing their bodies/faces change with age, and that process must be a million times harder in Hollywood where there is always a younger, talented starlet being discovered. However, if your only happiness is acquired through your looks, you are bound to be very disappointed. No one can stay young forever, and really….who wants to? LOL.

      • Anne says:

        I’ve been living abroad (outside U.S.) for about a year now and the other day I saw an episode of Friends for the first time in what feels like forever – I couldn’t believe how skinny Jennifer Aniston & Courtney Cox were on that show. When I was younger, that never struck me as strange because I was used to it, but now they both looked SO thin to me – I couldn’t believe I didn’t see it before.

        I think Courtney’s lived with pressure to look a certain way for a LONG time. I just hope she’s doing well . . .

    • Pri says:

      In all fairness, he looks like he’s been getting Botox too.

  2. Esmom says:

    Yeah, I doubt that her appearance alone had anything to do with the split but the psychology around why she’s so fixated on her appearance probably did for sure.

    I’m getting a distinct Daniel Day-Lewis vibe from him that I’ve never noticed before.

    • Joaneu says:

      Wow, he does look strikingly like Daniel Day-Lewis. Good call.

    • ell says:

      daniel is far better looking though, and what is he now like 60? he’s my dad’s age. i don’t like much older men but he’s something else. sorry, ot.

    • Kitten says:

      “I doubt that her appearance alone had anything to do with the split but the psychology around why she’s so fixated on her appearance probably did for sure.”

      This 100%. It’s got to be exhausting to date someone that insecure.

      Yes! A bit of Daniel and even a bit of Ralph Fiennes?

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Agreed. If these were men we were talking about, we’d call it a mid-life crisis – this grappling for youth and struggle with age acceptance. Oddly, the article on this site states completely different reasons for the split than the article about the same on Lainey’s site. While this site’s article suggests the culprits were Cox’s obsession with her face/body and a smoker v. an avid non-smoker, there was only hints at their differences in lifestyle. Lainey’s site clearly states the reason for the split is because he’s a home body and she wants to go out with friends all the time. The irony about that is you’d think he, being 11 years younger, would be the partier, and she, with a daughter and being 50, would have tired of the party scene by now, but I guess not. I don’t fault either – just two different personalities and different wants out of life. Lainey’s article said they’ve been to therapy but they couldn’t work it out. I just find it odd that they thought therapy could work out polar social styles/desires. You can’t make a homebody into somebody that likes to be out and about alot. You can’t make an extrovert who needs people on them and wants to be at all the right places at the right times, be a homebody. Ah well. They will move on and be totally fine.

      Random comment – hard to beleive Cox’s daughter is 10 yo already. She looks alot like David Arquette – in a good way. She’s cute.

  3. saywhatwhen says:

    Are these filler/botox/face procedures reversible? Or does it stretch the skin so much that you have to continue doing it even after the results look disastrous?

    • Tate says:

      I really don’t have much knowledge about it but I often see people make comments about how someone’s face “settled” after a procedure. So maybe there is an initial period were their faces look jacked after a procedure and with time it looks better?

      Anyway, I am happy I don’t have to age in the public eye.

    • LAK says:

      I think it depends how often and how much you use. Meaning that if you use a little, the skin probably won’t stretch irreversibly and if you use only a once or a few times, the skin will still have muscle memory. If you use a lot and or over a long period of time, the effect will be irreversible such that when you stop, your face collapses and you’ll look worse than you would have if you’d never started.

    • ell says:

      no idea about botox, but i got lip fillers and yes they are reversible, both by waiting and by having it dissolved with a solution. if you get to look like she does, it’s because you’ve overdone it though.

      • TheSageM says:

        I get botox. It lasts about 5 months and then it’s totally gone.

      • ell says:

        @TheSageM, yeah she looks like that because she does it too often and too much, probably. btw, these women’s faces are proof celebrities are surrounded by yes men who never tell the truth, or else her doctor would have warned her she was taking it too far.

    • xpreson says:

      Her problem, and Meg’s for that matter is not so much the botox, is the damn fillers… look at the picture of her with the red dress on ( not the one with the red blouse ) and you can tell her fillers there are almost gone, reabsorbed and she looks almost back to normal!. Stop those awful pillow faces.

    • kate says:

      If you just have a normal amount done, then yes, totally reversible. Once it all wears off you’ll just be back to your regular face. But of course, if you have a normal amount done then you shouldn’t look that different, just fresher.

      If you have so much Botox parts of your face don’t move (that’s not actually a standard effect, it’s a sign you’ve overdone it massively), and you do that for years, those muscles aren’t getting a workout for all that time and once the Botox wears off, you’ll look saggier than you would have otherwise.

      With fillers, if you actually have lip/cheek/chin implants, unless you’re young and have the kind of skin that just bounces back, you’re essentially stuck with them or something like them. Injectables will wear off, but like Botox, if you’ve gone too far and done it too long, you’ll look worse than you would have when it’s all gone. For example, if you’ve been inflated your bottom lip for years, when you stop, there’s a good chance that lip will flop over a bit to where you can see the other side of the lip, like you see in many elderly people.

      Meg and Courteney have gone to far to ever get their old faces back. That they’ve had eye work doesn’t help.

  4. Kt hatuh says:

    This one and the Meg Ryan one just broke my heart today. They used to be two of my favorites, now they just look scary. I don’t think CC can even smile. What a shame.

    • Luca76 says:

      Yeah Cox will always, always be that girl in the Bruce Springstein video to me. It’s not just that she was young and pretty but she was so natural and seemed so free spirited, it’s tragic what she’s done to her face. (Same for Meg Ryan except she’s Betsy Andropolos).

      • MrsBPitt says:

        Luca76…you made my day!! Betsy Andropolos!! As The World Turns!! MY Mom got me into that show when I was just a kid, and I watched it for years!!! Thanks for the memories of watching it with my Mom. She just passed away at the age of 92 this past November, so the memory was especially sweet!

      • Jaded says:

        @MrsBPitt – awww I’m so sorry about your Mom’s passing. Mine passed at 92 a year ago and I was remembering yesterday how we used to both love watching “As Time Goes By” together every evening.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Betsy! Ahhh yes… and Craig was it? She was really good at crying on cue especially for being so young.

  5. Naya says:

    Hasnt she also dated both her Cougar Town co-stars? No judgement here, werk it girl.

  6. Lucky says:

    She looks like she’s holding onto him for dear life in these pictures. So sad that she went overboard with the PS. I think she’s one of those women who could have aged gracefully with just a touch of good work

  7. Chelly says:

    I get the whole “deathly aftaid of aging” part. I just turned 35 (geezus!) and although i still look 21, i know it wont last and I am terrified of not getting but looking old. But if the alternative is looking like a jacked up, puffed up, small eyed despo for youth….i guess i say, bring on the wrinkles.
    Those pics on the bottom though, smh

    • ell says:

      just to make you feel better, if you look so puffed up it’s because you’ve overdone it. if you’re more moderate and go for smaller changes that will still make you look your age but just brighter let’s say, you’ll be fine.

    • Azurea says:

      Chelly , as a 57-yr-young woman who has always looked younger than my age….Really get your mind off fearing getting older. Think about how great you look, ENJOY IT! I remember getting my hair cut once in my late 30′s, and saying something to my hairdresser, who was quite a bit younger than me, very cute, & who had a bit of a crush on me,) rolling his eyes when I complained about my jowls. An older woman sitting next to me laughed and said,
      “You look great! Just tell yourself that! Enjoy it!” So I’m passing her advice on to you! I just eat well, exercise (though not fanatically,) take care of my skin, and try to think positively. I’m lucky, too, for good genes passed down by my mum (and she fussed continually about looking old when she was young.) 💗

  8. Barbara Owens-DeWitt says:

    I flew in front of them last October from Chicago and I couldn’t believe it was her until I caught a glimpse of her boarding pass. Her face was so jacked that it actually made her look older. She was terribly insecure and the entire flight she complained and whined. Annoying.

    • tracking says:

      She seems like a type A, major control issues type. I think her excessive ps is in part a symptom of this. She seems like a nice person, but probably not easy to live with.

    • Paloma says:

      Oh my gosh! What was she complaining about? I think Johnny is gorgeous. That had to hurt. Hope she stays strong.

    • Cindy says:

      Now I have to know! What was she complaining and whining about? I am such a nosy jerk *hangs head*

    • maggie says:

      A friend of mine sat in front of her at a play. He said she was a total bitch and looked terrible. I was surprised because she comes off as pretty cool.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Sounds like she and her neurotic character, Monica on “Friends,” have a lot in common.

      Also, whatever work she had done to her face is pretty awful. It completely ruined the shape of her eyes as well.

  9. Reine_Didon says:

    Fear of aging, fear of being alone. They create a very insecure wonen desperate for life. Ends up being both badly tweaked AND alone. Tell me about it, mom.

    • Kitten says:

      Uh-huh. She always seemed so scared of being alone, being without a man.

    • Jaded says:

      So sad isn’t it – she does come off as being very needy and neurotic. I learned a long time ago to accept aging and being alone as a right, not a curse. I spent 10 years without a guy in my life until recently and was quite happy – having good friends, family and health, and staying busy doing stuff you love is what it’s all about.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        And when/if you do find yourself attracted to somebody new, you know you’re in a healthy place and you’ll be fine. Rather than those I’ve seen go from person to person, pretending the dude is better than he is, or that the relationship is better than it really is – willing to be with just about anybody because they don’t know how to be alone. Good for you!

      • bionerd says:

        I wish more women said this! I live in a very vain area and no one really emphasized happiness over looks to me until recently. Enjoying what is around you/what you have is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Spending one’s life always looking for that next big thing (significant other, better job, better looks) just creates misery.

  10. tracking says:

    Aw, that’s a shame. They probably got engaged too soon, in the haze of early love, without sorting out their differences.

    • Carol says:

      I think so too. It’s actually a shocker they stayed together this long. She seems so LA and Hollywood and he seems very anti that.

      • Elisa the I. says:

        right? I adore Snow Patrol and I follow them more or less closely and he seems like a really sweet, low-key and laid-back guy.
        I guess it’s hard to make it work in the long run if your lifestyle is totally different from your partner…

  11. Bridget says:

    Courtney’s face has been screwed up for a really long time, before McDaid came into the picture. She was almost unwatchable on Cougartown.

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah that’s when it started. It was like she and Christa Miller were having a Botox contest.

      • tracking says:

        Although Christa’s work was apparent, it never looked as painfully overdone as CC’s.

      • tealily says:

        Ooo, tracking, I have to disagree there.

      • kate says:

        I don’t think Christa is into fillers as much, but she’s had so much Botox her mouth barely moves enough to get words out.

      • Bridget says:

        Christa’s work was pretty bad too. But Courtney started with the Botox way back when Friends was finishing, and has just upped the ante over and over again during the intervening years. The crazy part was that people kept talking about how great Cougartown was and how they couldn’t believe no one was watching… and never mentioned the fact that Courtney had mutilated her face and made herself unwatchable. But they did consider changing the show’s name.

      • tracking says:

        Ha ha, fair enough! I guess unmoving faces (botox) bug me less than filler faces.

  12. suze says:

    I think at this point it’s been said so often that it is unhearable. She was gorgeous and had exactly the type of looks that would have aged beautifully in a natural manner. Since she is a Hollywood creature, some tweaking was inevitable, but had she kept it subtle she would be fabulous to this day.

  13. IrishEyes says:

    she is practically unrecognizable. I watch Friends reruns all the time and I’m always stunned when I see a current pic of her. Poor thing

  14. Neelyo says:

    He looks a little ‘surprised’ himself.

  15. OSTONE says:

    Her and Meg were SO beautiful. Fresh, beautiful faces. It is so sad what they have done to themselves.

  16. Crumpet says:

    I’m sad for Courtney for lots of reasons.

  17. maggie says:

    She’s 51. He’s 39. It was never going to last.

    • april says:

      Exactly! She will be going through menopause and unfortunately losing her looks and that will not help with such an age difference.

  18. d says:

    The last season of Friends, near the end, was almost unwatchable for me as her CC’s face was already frozen … she was messing with it too much back then already and it took me right out of the show. It’s too bad. I think Hollywood ruins a lot of people and while I think HE might deserve a side-eye as much as anyone, he’s probably done a good thing getting out at least.

    • kate says:

      She was pregnant in the last season, that’s why she looked different. Her face got really puffy.

      I kind of doubt she was having Botox at that time since back then it was still considered to possibly be very unsafe. After so many miscarriages I doubt she would have risked it while pregnant.

      She had a few things done after Friends, but it was after her separation that she really went nuts and ruined her face. I think David held her back, helped her with her insecurity about aging, and once they ended things she went out and got 10 years worth of surgery and injectables at once.

  19. kanyekardashian says:

    Courtney told Howard Stern that the very reason things didn’t work out with David Arquette is because HE liked to go out and she liked to stay home. She said she likes to have people over but rarely ever goes out. So this nonsense about her being a party animal while Johnny is a homebody is completely backward.

  20. trace says:

    This may sound like a ridiculous question but how can a professional,competent, ethical doctor perform these procedures over and over again when the outcome is so hideous? Even when you take away the ethical component, every patient is a walking advertisement for the “work” the doctor has done. How many people are coming up to Ms. Cox begging to know who she goes to?

    • LeAnn Stinks says:


      You answered it, most are not ethical, all they care about is money. Plus, even if one doctor refuses because he/she actually has a conscience, they will easily find another doctor who will be more than willing to do what is asked of them.

      • april says:

        She has the money to find a reputable doctor. She works with people in the industry who would go to the best. So it wouldn’t be the doctor, but what aging has occurred or is occurring to the patient’s face that the doctor has to deal with. I’m sure the same doctor can do great work on some people and what looks like poor work on others.

  21. holly hobby says:

    She looked ok in the black dress but those red clothes pic, wow! I feel sad because I do remember her in the Springsteen video and I thought she was so pretty. I think if she did bare minimum work, she would still look the same now she did this. :(

    I wonder if she went full out ps because her ex was much younger? If she’s that insecure, I would say she did that to keep up with him.

    Ugh, if it’s true that he broke up with her, I can’t believe what’s going through her mind or if she’s reaching out to her surgeon for more work. :(