Courteney Cox Talks About That ‘Brutal’ Time When She and Johnny McDaid Split

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There’s nothing like being in the outdoors and roughing it to make you open up, as was the case with Courteney Cox during her expedition on the NBC show Running Wild with Bear Grylls

According to E! News, Courteney spoke candidly about her relationships, past and present, as she trekked with host Bear Grylls.

Cox is engaged to Snow Patrol musician Johnny McDaid, but they’ve hit some speed bumps, including a brief breakup that was “brutal.”

The actress explained, “We were engaged for over a year and then we broke up. There’s something about… you know, he’s from Ireland. And the way he regards love is precious. We have to treat it in a different way. It’s more special. You coddle it. So, I didn’t know how to regard love the way he does. And it definitely made a lot of mistakes that I see, whether it’s co-dependency or people-pleasing. I didn’t know how to bring it in. It was always external. I definitely have learned a lot, and no matter what, I will be a better person from that breakup, even though it was so brutal.”

Thankfully, she and McDaid are back together and Cox gushed that the relationship is in a “new context” now. “It’s just…everything’s new,” she told Bear. “And we have both really worked on ourselves on the parts that needed the most attention. And it feels really different.”

On her 2011 split with husband David Arquette, Cox said, “I think that we were such good friends. We found ourselves leading separate lives and just coexisting and being great friends, but not having the intimacy that… is so important in a relationship. I think you really need to work in a relationship, and I think that we tried. We’re just really different, too. I’m the polar opposite of him. That can be great for a lot of things, but I need this kind of real, one-on-one connection. And I don’t know. I don’t know.”

She added, “It wasn’t a dramatic ending. It was more of a…just, I don’t know. I’ve really been…No one’s ever asked me in this way, so I haven’t really thought about it like this. I mean, as divorces go, I would say it’s one of the better ones. For sure. We’re good co-parents together.”