When Courtney Stodden first strutted onto the scene in 2011, fans had trouble believing they were only 16 years old. Fans and haters alike couldn’t stop commenting about how the teenager looked decades older than their actual age. It certainly didn’t help that they found fame because they was marrying a 51-year-old actor. In the years since their marriage to and divorce from Doug Hutchison, however, the star has been through quite the transformation.
When Courtney, now 26, first married Doug, now 60, they couldn’t stop gushing about their romance. “The way we met was really beautiful,” they 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 their 20s when he was falling for them, and he had a “struggle inside his heart” when he found out their real age. When their relationship began to become serious, he approached his partner’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, they took to Instagram to share they felt “taken advantage of” in their relationship. In an April 2020 YouTube video, they even accused their former husband of “grooming” them when they were underage. Revealing they are working on a tell-all about her life, they said they’ve been reflecting on a lot of their past experiences.
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“I kind of wanted to lift the lid off of something that I’ve been struggling with personally,” they 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, they are glad to be on the other side of that relationship, but they are still dealing with the fallout and the trauma those experiences left them with. They are working with a therapist to help process everything they’ve been through — and it looks like they are on the path to healing. Check out the gallery below to see just how far Courtney has come.
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