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Courteney Cox says it was 'hard' being separated from Irish rocker boyfriend Johnny during pandemic

The 57-year-old actress spent the lockdown in California while Johnny McDaid (44) was stuck in the UK
Courteney is reunited with Johnny

Courteney is reunited with Johnny

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Friends star Courteney Cox has told how being separated from her Irish rocker boyfriend Johnny McDaid during the pandemic was “was definitely hard”.

The 57-year-old actress who started dating the Derry native in 2013, spent the lockdown in California while Johnny (44) was stuck in the UK.

Courteney told Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday that she was looking forward to going out now that they have finally been reunited in London.

“People from the UK, they still can’t come to America,” she said. “You’re not allowed in still, which is crazy. He’s been vaccinated and he can’t come in. I don’t understand it.

“People can go from Florida to Los Angeles, no quarantine. I don’t get it. I don’t know why they can’t come to America and quarantine the way I did.”

Courteney added: “I’ve been on this five-day test and release. I’m going out tonight, can’t wait. I don’t mean out, just to a restaurant.”

“I just want to go out – literally, out of the apartment. I have not left except to get a nose swab at Heathrow."

When asked by host Howard whether she and Johnny engaged in “Zoom intimacy” while they were apart, Courteney replied: “Zoom intimacy? We’re very intimate, but I don’t know how to do that [on Zoom]. There’s other kinds of intimacy.”

In October, Courteney revealed how she had not seen her partner for 150 days, after he left to go home in London after the US began to implement lockdowns.

She explained at the time: “Let's say it's been 150 days - I've cooked 145 of them. And I haven't seen John in that many days.

“He left the next day [after] the whole country shut down - or at least [when] California did.

“I think maybe New York was before us. I've had these two friends ... they were gonna quarantine with me - which is great, because if I can't be with John, I don't wanna be just by myself with [my daughter] Coco. I'm a little chicken.'

Courteney and Johnny first began dating in 2013 after they were introduced by mutual pal Ed Sheeran. They were engaged nine months later, but split before getting back together.

Courteney shares her 17-year-old daughter with her ex-husband David Arquette, who she was married to from 1999 to 2013.

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