TV personality Courtney Stodden is speaking out about her alleged abusive relationship with ex-husband Doug Hutchison.
The two got married in 2011 — when Stodden was only 16 years old and the actor was 50. Despite their eyebrow-raising age gap, many poked fun at Stodden’s blonde bombshell aesthetic and reality TV ambitions. Little did we know, the underage beauty was “miserable” in her marriage.
“I didn’t realize I married an alcoholic. I didn’t realize I married somebody who was abusive,” Stodden told host Derek Zagami, adding: “I was abused, night after night.”
Stodden went on to detail that she played the part and “look[ed] beautiful for everyone” but that at the end of the day, she claimed that her estranged ex would “scream” at her and “would corner me.”
“I was 16/17 years old when it first started,” she explained on RealiTea with Derek Z, noting that she “was so overwhelmed” that she used alcohol to “cover up” her depression. The Celebrity Big Brother alum added that she “would then walk the Hollywood Hills and hide behind trash cans at two in the morning” to get away from the alleged abuse and “cry.”
Although the former flames had been legally separated since 2016, Stodden wrote a lengthy message on social media in March of last year announcing she was “officially divorced” from Hutchison alongside a photo of the two.
“I look back at this picture and feel absolutely taken advantage of. I’ve been scared to even speak up about feeling groomed or being verbally abused during the almost 10 year marriage because I was a child and he was 50 when we married but I’m a woman now and it’s time for me to put my big girl pants on and speak on this matter,” she wrote. “I’ve felt completely trapped, manipulated and at times abandoned by adults//growing up in such an environment — it became a lonely and dark place.”
She finished her emotional post with a message to her former husband. “And to Doug... I’ll always love you; yet I’ll always be angry. You’ve left me — a child woman, feeling belittled and confused. These things I shall overcome. I wish you well. But please don’t ever do this to another minor again. It’s not right... even if the parent signs off. Wait a respectable amount of time before marrying. Children aren’t on your level,” she concluded. “I’ll always love you regardless. Be better. As shall I.”