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Jennifer Aniston reveals goddaughter's sweet nickname as she shares rare personal photo

The Friends star is godmother to Courteney Cox's daughter

Gemma Strong

Jennifer Aniston had a special reason to celebrate at the weekend. The Friends star's goddaughter Coco Cox-Arquette turned 17 on Sunday and to mark the occasion Jennifer shared a rare personal snapshot with fans taken when Coco was just a toddler.

The beautiful image, taken at sunset, shows Jennifer holding Coco in her arms and smiling as the little girl puts her hands up to the star's face. She wrote: "Happy Birthday my sweet Cocolicious! Godmama LOVES you."

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Coco is the daughter of Jennifer's best friend Courteney Cox and her ex-husband David Arquette. The former couple were married from 1999 until 2003 and welcomed their only child in June 2004.

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Both proud parents took to social media in celebration of Coco's special day. Courteney, 56, shared a series of throwback photos through the years and wrote: "Happy 17th birthday to my strong, sensitive, creative, loving, soulful, beautiful, talented, and wise Coco. I love you so much."

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Jennifer shared a sweet throwback in celebration of Coco's birthday

David, 49, also shared some personal photos of Coco, which he captioned: "I couldn't love anything or anyone more than I love @cocoarquette_. Thank you for being you. I love you with all my heart. Happy 17th Birthday!!!"

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Despite the end of their marriage, Courteney and David have remained on good terms. Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment in August, David explained: "We're friends, and we've communicated a lot because of Coco.

Proud mum Courteney also marked the happy occasion on Instagram

"We've just had - not an easy time with it, we've just been really open and supportive of each other," he added. "We never went head-to-head, [or] battled each other, through the process of divorce and through the process of raising our kid. So it's made for a friendship and relationship that is out of respect."

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The sweet birthday tributes come after Courteney spoke about her daughter during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show.

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Coco is Courteney's only child with ex David Arquette

"People will say, 'Why do you let Coco wear so much makeup?' She's been wearing makeup forever, that is a self-expression for her," Courteney explained. "She loves to dress up. She will dye her hair, it was purple a week ago, I think right now it's blonde underneath before it was blue."

She joked that her daughter has dyed her hair so much "we've ruined the bathroom 1,000 times".

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