Courteney Cox: ‘Exiting social life, entering isolation’

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011

Incompatibility was one problem with her marriage to David Arquette, Courteney Cox says in the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, out March 29.

“The thing is, when you get older, it’s more about compatibility than it is about love,” she says. “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.”

Cox says she isn’t mad at Arquette for being so chatty about their breakup. “He was dealing with things the best way he could.” She pauses. “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.”

Their seven-year age gap—Courteney is 46 to David’s 39—doesn’t register to her as the crux of their issues. “Most guys aren’t that mature, are they? They just don’t think the way we think.”

On rumors of an affair with her Cougar Town co-star Brian Van Holt?

She flatly denies: “He’s a really good friend of mine, so I don’t care,” says Cox. “It just doesn’t matter. He’s a great guy, and he’s definitely been a part of my support system.”

The former Friends star also says she can’t see herself diving into the dating pool any time soon.

“I have no desire right now,” she admits. “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.”