Courteney Cox talks about her separation, her dating life, and why she's headed for isolation.
In the upcoming issue of Harper's Bazaar, the "Cougar Town" star gives a candid interview about her split from David Arquette, her daughter, and her future.
On her split from David & his interview with Howard Stern:
"If you didn't hear the Howard Stern interviews and you just read quotes, I'm sure it seemed out of context, crazy. I'm not saying there wasn't some crazy behavior, but if you know who David is, you know what his intentions are, how honest he is, and how big his heart is. You can't really get mad at David because he's not a malicious person. He was dealing with things the best way he could. And don't get me wrong, he was on a show for entertainment. David is smart, and David is also a showman. He knew what he was doing. I don't know what's going to happen, but I don't think he'll be doing more Howard Stern any time soon. He's not out to harm. But I'm his biggest protector. I can't help it."
On how daughter Coco is handling their separation:
"She's adjusting. Luckily, we've always had two houses, so there was no change in her living unit. And we both work a lot, so that wasn't a huge adjustment. She's our number-one priority. No matter what happens, she'll be okay because she knows that she is completely safe, loved, and we'll protect that more than anything in the world."
What Courteney wants at this stage in her life:
"The thing is, when you get older, it's more about compatibility than it is about love. I think it's more about needing just a kind of peace and stillness. I'm kind of all over the place, and I need grounding. I want to be calm. I want to change a lot. I want to live not outside but inside. It's nothing with David; it's just what I'm searching for."
Her dating outlook:
"I have no desire right now. I'm not saying never. It just seems weird. I don't even know how that would happen or how you meet people. I really don't like to go out. I'm not great at small talk. I like to go to dinner with people. I don't like to go to parties. There's a sign on my forehead: EXITING SOCIAL LIFE, ENTERING INTO ISOLATION."
On her possible future with David:
"We loved each other so much, and if anything I feel like we've been extremely successful at marriage. If it doesn't work out, I will have huge waves of pain about failing in that department. But right now I don't have that because I don't know what the future holds and I guess because I have strong feelings for him."
"I think it's important, no matter what the outcome is, when you take these risks [in a marriage] and are willing to get real and get messy. I think you can only become stronger people, whether it's together or apart. In the end, everything will be better."
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