Courtney Stodden Fans Rally Behind Her After She Shared She Was ‘Groomed’ and ‘Verbally Abused’

Almost ten years after her wedding, Courtney Stodden has announced that she is officially divorced from Doug Hutchison. While divorce isn’t typically a cause for celebration, many of Stodden’s fans are relieved that she finally is free from her ex-husband. The pair certainly shared a truly unconventional history. They made headlines when they made the decision to wed because of the 35-year gap between them. Worse than that, Stodden was only a teenager at the time. Unfortunately, Stodden recently revealed that their relationship was just as sinister as many people expected.

Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden divorce almost a decade after wedding
Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Stodden’s marriage to Hutchison began when she was only 16 years old and he was 51. Prior to their wedding, Stodden was an aspiring actor and Hutchison, who is an actor, served as a tutor for her. The pair had a “courtship” that seemed to be encouraged by Stodden’s mom. Sadly, Stodden recently shared that the alleged courtship was simply Hutchison grooming her to be a child bride.

Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison are officially divorced

Taking to her Instagram page, Studdon announced her divorce and also revealed some of the trauma that she experienced before and after her wedding to Hutchison. “It’s March 3rd, 2020 – today I am officially divorced from actor Doug Hutchison. It’s an emotional day for me. God only knows how he’s feeling, but I can tell you that it’s for the better. I look back at this picture and feel absolutely taken advantage of,” the model began.

Stodden says she was groomed for the wedding and abused throughout her marriage

Stodden continued on to detail some of the abuse she suffered at the hands of Hutchison throughout their time together. “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. 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. Stay tuned for my book,” Stodden announced.

The model reflects on the wedding and relationship

Finally, the model had a message for her now ex-husband. She implored him to never put another child through what she had been through and not to rush into a wedding. “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. I’ll always love you regardless. Be better. As shall I,” Stodden concluded.

Fans on Instagram rally behind Stodden

Stodden’s message immediately racked up support and well wishes. Thousands of people expressed their disgust with Hutchison and their hope that she would find peace without him. “Queen. I’m so glad she was able to get out of that relationship. I hope she has nothing but good fortune from now on,” one person wrote. “WE LOVE YOU, COURT <333,” another person chimed in. We commend Stodden for having the courage to speak out about such a difficult and personal issue. We wish her all the best going forward.