When Courtney Stodden first strutted onto the scene in 2011, fans had trouble believing she was only 16 years old. Fans and haters alike couldn’t stop commenting about how the teenager looked decades older than her actual age. It certainly didn’t help that she found fame because she was marrying a 50-year-old actor. In the years since her marriage to and divorce from Doug Hutchison, however, the star has been through quite the transformation.
When Courtney, now 25, first married Doug, now 60, she couldn’t stop gushing about their romance. “The way we met was really beautiful,” she said on Good Morning America in July 2011. “My mother was managing my career. Her friend told my mother that [Hutchison was] holding some workshops for acting. And I was very interested in acting. So what better way than to connect that way?”
The couple said their emails were “totally innocent” at first, but the Green Mile star said his acting student soon turned flirtatious. He explained he thought Courtney was in her 20s when he was falling for her, and he had a “struggle inside his heart” when he found out her real age. When their relationship began to become serious, he approached his girlfriend’s parents, Krista and Alex Stodden, to get their blessing. Eventually, the couple ended up walking down the aisle in Las Vegas. Unlike Washington, where Courtney was from, Nevada is one of many states that allow 16-year-olds to tie the knot as long as they have parental consent.
However, after Courtney filed for divorce in March 2018, the “Butterfly” singer began to look at their relationship in a different light. Once the split was finalized in March 2020, she took to Instagram to share she felt “taken advantage of” in her relationship. In an April 2020 YouTube video, she even accused her former husband of “grooming” her when she was underage. Revealing she’s working on a tell-all about her life, she said she’s been reflecting on a lot of her past experiences.
“I kind of wanted to lift the lid off of something that I’ve been struggling with personally,” she said. “What I’m going through right now is the realization that I was married to somebody who groomed me. I was married to somebody who had an interest in minors. … If you would’ve told me that I would be sitting here right now making this video, 10 years later, at that point in time [that] I married him, I would’ve said, ‘You’re crazy. I’m gonna be by this guy’s side when he dies.’”
Now, she’s glad to be on the other side of that relationship, but she’s still dealing with the fallout and the trauma those experiences left her with. She is working with a therapist to help process everything she’s been through — and it looks like she’s on the path to healing. Check out the gallery below to see just how far Courtney has come.
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