Johnny McDaid has joked that long-time partner Courteney Cox often ‘hasn’t got a clue’ what he’s saying as she struggles to understand his Northern Irish accent.
The Snow Patrol rocker also shared that they had found it ‘tough’ being separated during lockdown, with Friends star Courteney based in LA and Johnny mainly living in London and unable to travel to see her.
The couple have been together for more than eight years, first dating in September 2013 and getting engaged in June 2014.
However, they called off their wedding in 2015 but have remained loved up as a couple ever since.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Johnny, who was born in Derry in Northern Ireland, joked about his ‘transatlantic’ accent in a new interview, having left home aged 17.
Referencing 57-year-old Courteney, he said: ‘My partner is American and she hasn’t understood a word I’ve said in eight years. She hasn’t got a clue!’
He added to MailOnline: ‘I think what happens is when you’re from where I’m from and you do interviews with people who aren’t – people just look at you and go, what are you saying?’
Johnny reckons his accent has ‘softened’ though since leaving Northern Ireland, although apparently not enough for Courteney!
The 45-year-old also revealed that the couple tried to ‘stay as connected as we could’ over ‘tough’ lockdown when they were stuck in different countries, explaining that they both ‘dived into being creative’ while apart.
‘She made her show and a new product line, and I made Bad Habits with Ed [Sheeran], so we were able to stay really productive even if it was tough being apart – and it was tough, but we don’t have the toughest lives in the world – we’re so lucky,’ he said.
Johnny recently emerged victorious in a High Court copyright battle over Bad Habits, one of many songs which he has co-written with Ed.
In the aftermath of their win, he claimed there were ‘obvious holes in the system’ and said that he felt changes need to be made as legal actions brought against musicians for copyright infringement ‘creates a culture where it can be used as a threat’.
Meanwhile, Courteney shared a sweet Instagram upload marking their eighth anniversary in September, which included photo of Johnny lying in bed next to her, asleep.
‘8 years later…I asked him to come up with a caption and he fell asleep,’ she joked. ‘Still got it. ♥️ Happy Anniversary xoxo’.
In January, she told People magazine that she had learned ‘love is precious’ as she opened up on their long relationship, adding that Johnny is ‘a great listener. And I’ve never met someone more patient.’
Sharing what she loves about Johnny, Courteney revealed: ‘He’s a great advice-giver. I love his heart, his intentions. His morals.
‘He’s extremely talented and obviously musical, but he’s a poet and a writer. He’s just so smart, and I find that really sexy. And then he is gorgeous.’