Courteney Cox on love: ‘I’ve learned you can’t take a lot personally’

Courteney Cox has always seemed pretty cool, in a very anal retentive way. Like, she comes across as someone who is extremely Type-A, very organized, ambitious, intelligent and someone who doesn’t tolerate fools. The only thing I haven’t enjoyed about Cox in recent years is all of the botched cosmetic work on her face – for someone so cool and organized, it’s painful that she’s done that to herself willingly. For the better part of eight years, Cox has been with Johnny McDaid. There was a time when they were on-and-off, but they’ve been solid for years now. That’s what this week’s People Mag cover story is about: what she’s learned about life and love at the age of 57.

What she’s learned about love: “I’ve learned you can’t take a lot personally. I used to think, ‘Oh well, if you loved me…’ It’s not really about you. People do things because of their own history and their own past. I had to learn that lesson for sure.”

Being forced to spend time apart during the pandemic: Having spent time apart during the first part of the COVID-19 pandemic when McDaid was stuck on lockdown abroad, Cox is even more appreciative of their longtime romance. “I’ve learned that love is precious,” she adds. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that.”

She adores him: McDaid is “a great listener. And I’ve never met someone more patient. He’s a great advice-giver. I love his heart, his intentions. His morals. He’s extremely talented and obviously musical, but he’s a poet and a writer. He’s just so smart, and I find that really sexy. And then he is gorgeous.”

Whether she would get married again: “I don’t know. I’m definitely not opposed to it. I just don’t think about it.”

She likes being home: “I like to putter. I like to get things done during the day. And then around 6 o’clock, it’s time to relax, whether it’s with my close friends who come over or with Johnny. I cook a lot.”

She hosts regular Sunday gatherings for friends at her house. “My family used to go to my grandmother’s house — and I have 21 first cousins — every single Sunday at 5 o’clock. I like bringing people together. I try to accept people the way I’d want to be accepted.”

[From People]

In case you were wondering why this cover story sort of came out of nowhere, she is promoting something: her new home-care product line, Homecourt. Considering she’s known as someone really into real estate, renovations and having beautiful homes, that’s a good fit for her.

This is kind of profound? “I used to think, ‘Oh well, if you loved me…’ It’s not really about you. People do things because of their own history and their own past…” I think that for me personally, I still resort to thinking of romance/love as fundamentally transactional, “if you love me, you’ll do this, if you want to be with me, you’ll act this way.” But what she says is right – people do sh-t because of their own histories. Cox and McDaid were engaged at one point, and I actually had to do a double-take because I thought maybe they had gotten quietly married? But I guess not.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, cover courtesy of People.

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  1. Grant says:

    She’s also promoting Scream, the new “requel” which was, honestly, pretty great! And she was wonderful in it reprising her iconic Gale Weathers role. I was really surprised at how good the new movie was!

    She looks great in her new pics. Maybe she finally let some of that filler dissolve.

    • CourtneyB says:

      I think she admitted she’d messed up and was stepping back. I thought she’d looked fine in Scream. Her face moved, there were wrinkles. It’s just her skin on her face is very thin, probably why she got fillers before, as she’s very slender. (She obviously chose ass over face.) So she looked older in Scream closeups but not bad. She didn’t have crazy lips which was nice. She’s got very good bone structure and beautiful eyes. Her very dark hair color may age her a bit too. She had a great dark brown color one season Friends (Maybe 6 or 7?) and looked phenomenal.

  2. Kath says:

    I really like to follow her on IG, she is a good content maker. Sometimes she posts some quick recipes and the ones I’ve tried turned out pretty good!

    • LBB says:

      Just followed, thanks!

    • Becks1 says:

      I really enjoy her IG. She seems to be actually doing the cooking, and the recipes are pretty easy to follow. She just seems very…..I don’t know, real? Like sometimes her hair is messy and she’s wearing minimal makeup etc and it doesn’t feel like its part of her PR image (although maybe she just has very very good PR people.) i never used to be into celebs on social media and i feel like in the last 6 months i’ve started following some and have gotten very picky about them now lol.

  3. M says:

    @Kath— agree, her content is great! She just seems pretty down to earth. Every account I’ve read about her from other celebrities affirms this too (Busy Philipps said in her book that C doesn’t really have a bad thing to say about anyone.) I love her piano playing too! I feel like she grew up with her feet on the ground and managed to keep them there for the most part throughout her rise to fame.

  4. FF says:

    Isn’t she promoting the new Scream movie?

  5. Coco says:

    I remember the engagement and that they had planned a wedding and then it was called off and he moved to England. I guess they decided that that marriage was a no for them and that just dating worked.

  6. equality says:

    People may do things because of their own history but if they are doing it to you, then it is personal. Seems odd to think otherwise.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    My uncle (who’s an actor) was engaged to Courtney back in the early 90s and there are some juicy stories I could tell. Since I don’t want to get into trouble let me just say she was very high strung, never ate a thing, and was rude to people she considered “beneath her” like waiters. Hopefully she’s gotten better since then.