Courtney Stodden was only 16 when she took the questionable plunge into marriage with 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison. But it only took her three years to realize that it was a huge mistake. Shortly after it was confirmed that the celebrity couple’s controversial May-December marriage had ended in a legal separation, Stodden opened up about her decision to leave her much older husband.

“I got that it is unconventional, but I didn’t get how weird and strange that it came across,” Stodden said in a recent interview, adding how she now understands why their May-December relationship upset so many people.

Stodden also admitted that her traveling to the U.K. to do a reality show was the turning point in her relationship with Hutchison because it was the first time she spent more than a day apart from her husband. “I was missing him, but not intimately. I couldn’t neglect my desires and wanting to embrace my independence and my freedom.”


When the celebrity couple first went public with their illicit May-December relationship, Hutchison reportedly lost many of his relationships with family and friends. He was also dropped by his agent and his acting career took a serious hit. Although the couple said early on in their relationship that they didn’t care because they were in love, it eventually took a toll on their marriage because he had nothing left but his wife. “I became his world,” said Stodden. “I just felt like there was a lot of weight on my shoulders.”

Althoguh the breakup was “stressful,” Stodden admits that it’s not going to hold her down because she’s happier than she’s ever been. “I am happy and I am excited. I feel like a little girl again.”

Hutchison has yet to say a word on the end of his marriage to Stodden.

What do you think: Would Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison’s relationship have stood a better a chance if they waited till she was older to get married?



Dowd, K.E., “Courtney Stodden on Her Breakup: ‘I Feel Like a Little Girl Again,’” People web site, November 11, 2013;

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