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Courteney: Johnny asked Coco for my hand

Courteney Cox's little girl Coco played a bigger part in her engagement to Johnny McDaid than people may think.

The 50-year-old actress and her beau Johnny McDaid announced in June that they are to wed, after meeting through mutual friend Ed Sheeran.

The musician popped the question during the celebrations for Courteney's milestone birthday, but it turns out someone had more say in the proposal than Johnny himself.

Courteney's ten-year-old daughter Coco, who she has with ex-husband David Arquette, also wanted to be fully involved with the romantic moment, which took place at close pal Jennifer Aniston's house.

"Johnny first asked [my daughter] Coco. He said, 'I'd like to marry your mom,' and gave her a little diamond ring. She said, 'Great, I'm going to camp tomorrow. Let's do it right now.' So, they decided they wanted to do it that night because we were leaving for Turks and Caicos and she was going to camp," the actress explained during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night.

"They made a plan to count down from three and when they got to one, he was gonna get down on his knee and say, 'Will you marry me?' and she was gonna say, 'Will you marry him?' They planned it out...

"Coco got a little bored, as she does, and right after we were at the bar having a drink, she said, 'Three!' Johnny's like, 'No, not now!' So she's like, 'All right'. So, then we go to dinner and there's a salad course or whatever and she's like, 'Oh, my God!' and hits the salad glass, 'Three!' She kept jumping the gun. Finally she waited until after dinner. She was literally about to fall asleep."

Yesterday marked a big day for Courteney's career, as she celebrated the 20th anniversary of her hit sitcom Friends, which wrapped a decade ago. Playing neat-freak Monica Geller made her a household name around the globe, but the actress found she wasn't noticed as much as she expected during her recent loved-up getaway.

"No one wanted to talk to me so it was really bad. I was like, 'Gosh! Monica! Friends!' Nothing!" she recalled. "[On the last day] someone swam up to me and said, 'I just want to say I'm a big fan of Friends. Can I get a picture?' I'm like, 'Are you kidding? A picture! We're eating lunch together!'"

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