Courteney Cox and David Arquette are "closer than ever" since splitting up.

The former couple - who have a seven-year-old daughter, Coco, together - split last year after 11 years of marriage but the 'Cougar Town' actress says they now communicate more so she doesn't feel alone.

She said: "The great thing is that even though we are separated, David and I are still so close. We're able to talk through everything that happens, so I know that we're often both feeling the same way and that makes me feel less alone.

"In some ways, we're closer than ever because we're communicating more than we ever have.

"So yes, it's been a tough year but it's also been a big year for growth - for both of us."

While Courteney has come to terms with the breakdown of her marriage, she admits the first year of separation has been "intense".

She explained to Britain's HELLO! magazine: "When you first get separated every single thing that happens for the first time is really intense, the first Valentine's day, the first wedding anniversary."