“We just show each other respect,” the 41-year-old told Celebuzz at Saturdays’ Art of Elysium “Heaven” Gala in Los Angeles.
It’s certainly working. On January 7’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Cox told the talk show host that “[David] is my best friend in the world. I love him.”
And while their flame may have fizzled, their bond has never been stronger. “I appreciate David more now than I ever did,” Cox said.
“I mean…it’s hard,” the 48-year-old continued. “I don’t recommend divorce in general, but he is my best friend and we’ve both grown and changed, and I think we both appreciate each other more. I hope he does. I do.”
Two years after announcing their split, the former spouses finally filed for divorce in June 2012, with both parties asking for joint physical and legal custody of their daughter, Coco, 8.
Since then, Arquette has been continuing his work as an philanthropist, as evidenced by the honors he received Saturday night: the actor was awarded the 2013 Spirit of Elysium Award for his involvement in the Art of Elysium charity, which endeavors to make art a catalyst for social change by bringing creativity to the lives of hospitalized children.
“I’m really humbled that they’re honoring me tonight,” Arquette said. “I really just sort of want to continue the work that they do and hope to raise money and awareness.”
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