Courtney Stodden

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Courtney Stodden
Courtney Stodden 2013.jpg
Stodden in Santa Ana, California for Josway on April 27, 2013
Born Courtney Alexis Stodden
(1994-08-29) August 29, 1994 (age 24)
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Model and Actress
Years active 2009–present
Known for Couples Therapy (2012)
Celebrity Big Brother (2013)
The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition (2016)
Celebs Go Dating (2017)
Doug Hutchison
(m. 2011; separated 2017)
Modeling information
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue

Courtney Alexis Stodden (born August 29, 1994) is an American reality show contestant, actress, model, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and a national spokesperson for PETA, the animal rights activist organization.

After competing in beauty pageants in her home state of Washington, then 16-year-old Stodden came to international attention when she married then 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison in 2011. The media attention surrounding Stodden and her marriage led to her appearing in numerous reality television series, including Couples Therapy (with Hutchison) and Celebrity Big Brother.

Early life[edit]

Courtney Alexis Stodden was born on August 29, 1994, in Tacoma, Washington,[1] to Alex John Stodden[2] and Krista Kay Keller. She was born the youngest of three girls, and has two older sisters, Ashley and Brittany -who were 9 and 11 at the time of her birth.[3] Stodden describes her childhood as "beautiful and fun," stating that she was "extremely spoiled, in a good way."[4] She was raised in Ocean Shores, Washington.[5]

In 2011, Stodden said that she dropped out of high school because she was bullied over "the way she looks",[6] and continued her education by being home schooled through an online private Christian academy.[4][6]



Stodden began in the entertainment industry by competing in a beauty pageant, the Miss Teen Washington USA pageant in 2010. She then ventured into modeling. As of 2011, her measurements are listed as 36-23-35, and she is 5 feet, 4 inches (162 cm) in height.[7] Stodden's mother, Krista Keller, initially served as her manager, but Keller quit in the spring of 2015, citing "creative differences".[8][9] Stodden is currently managed by Hutchison.[9]

In July 2012, Stodden and Hutchison were interviewed about their relationship on the Fox talk show Father Albert,[10] in an episode of ABC's Good Morning America,[11] and E! News.[1][12]

The couple appeared as cast members in the second season of the VH1 reality television series Couples Therapy, which premiered in October 2012. The series features publicly known couples receiving therapy for relationship problems. According to Stodden, the couple enrolled in therapy in order to resolve issues that arose in their marriage from their age difference.[13] Despite the criticism leveled at the couple, and her own reservations about the dynamic of their relationship,[14] Dr. Jenn Berman, the Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist who worked with the couple during their appearance on the show, stressed that she does not believe that Hutchison is, or was, seeking out young people, saying, "He's not a predator. He's not someone, who if Courtney left him, would be trolling the Internet or high schools for underage girls. That's not his m.o. This is not a guy who was seeking out teenagers. He was teaching a class, she wanted to be an actress, it was an acting class... And that's how it started."[15]

Though Berman was eventually surprised by the dynamic between the two, she commented on her initial hesitations about working with the couple, saying, "I believe it was the wrong decision to let a 16-year-old marry a man in his 50s. It's uncomfortable to see... [at first] I said to my producer, 'I think this guy is a pedophile...I don't know if I can work with these people.' I don't condone it, but I do see that this is a married couple that is genuinely married and they have marital issues that needed to be worked on. I came in saying, 'She's a victim, he's a predator.' What I found out was that she has a lot more power in this relationship and he is far more powerless than I expected. His family has completely disowned him... He unfortunately has nothing besides her." Hutchison was also defended by Stodden's mother, Krista Keller, who praised Hutchison for the kindness with which he treats Stodden.[15]

In August 2013, Stodden became a housemate on the twelfth season of the British version of Celebrity Big Brother but was evicted on Day 21, two days before the season finale, after receiving the least amount of votes to save against Carol McGiffin, Louie Spence, Mario Falcone and Vicky Entwistle.[16]

On March 18, 2014, the video for 50 Cent's "Don't Worry Bout It" was released, featuring a cameo appearance by Stodden.[17] That August, Stodden appeared in an episode of the Reelz reality television series Hollywood Hillbillies.[18]


On May 14, 2015, Vivid Entertainment released a solo sex tape created by Stodden. Stodden stated that she would donate what she was paid to charity.[19]

On August 19, 2015, Rich Kid Mafia (RKM), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company whose primary services include artist management, digital marketing and music production, signed Stodden to an exclusive international management and development deal.[20] Stodden appeared alongside her mother in the 2016 Lifetime series The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition.[21] The same year, she made her feature film debut in the independent film Love Addict.[22]

In 2018, Stodden announced she was recording an extended play, which she likened to "Lil Peep meets Lana Del Rey."[23] In March 2018, discussing her separation from husband Hutchison, she admitted to often "playing a caricature" with the media, which she likened to the personas of Anna Nicole Smith and Marilyn Monroe: "I decided, at 23, that 'I'm not gonna play this anymore. I'm just going to be myself.'" she said. "I want to be honest [now], and potentially help people."[23]

Personal life[edit]

Stodden is a vegetarian, having chosen the diet because she "never felt right eating animals before", and because of lactose intolerance, as she explained in a Couples Therapy bonus clip.[24][25] She later clarified in 2014 that she was in fact not lactose intolerant, and that her empathy for animals was her sole reason for her vegetarianism.[26] She began the diet a month prior to filming "Playing By The Rules", an October 2012 episode of Couples Therapy's second season.[24] Stodden has attempted to follow a vegan diet, but chose instead to follow a vegetarian diet due to fewer food restrictions.[25] She has promoted the vegetarian lifestyle on PETA's behalf.[27]

Stodden has said in interviews that she identifies as a Christian.[25] She commented: "I am a Christian girl. It may come as a surprise to some people that I support gay marriage. I believe wholeheartedly in "Do not judge others." Let people live their lives and be happy. That's what the bible teaches—love one another."[25]

In June 2013, Stodden had breast augmentation surgery to increase her breast size from a size C to a size DD.[28][29]

Relationship with Doug Hutchison[edit]

At age 16, the aspiring pop music singer[6][30][Note 1] signed up on the Internet for an acting workshop taught by actor Doug Hutchison,[6][15] on the recommendation of a friend of her maternal aunt, who worked in Hollywood, and knew Hutchison. Hutchison, who did not realize that she was a teenager, began a courtship with her over the Internet that lasted between four and six months,[Note 2] during which they fell in love before having met in person. After Hutchison became aware of Stodden's age, he told her mother, Krista, who had monitored their online exchanges, and was aware of their relationship and their age difference, that he would cease his relationship with Stodden if her parents disapproved. Her parents, citing Stodden's "devout Christianity", allowed her to make her own decision.[6][31]

On May 20, 2011, Stodden married Hutchison in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2][6][30] Stodden was his third wife.[10][32] Their relationship drew controversy and criticism, as Stodden was 16 when she married 50-year-old Hutchison,[13] who has been labeled a "pedophile"[33][34] and "predator". It was also reported that Stodden's father was four years younger than his son-in-law Hutchison. According to Hutchison, as a result of his marriage to Stodden, his agent quit, his family disowned him and he received death threats.[33]

On November 1, 2013, the media reported that Stodden and Hutchison were ending their marriage of two and a half years.[35] Stodden later told Fox News that their 34-year age gap was a primary contributing factor for their divorce.[36] In a subsequent interview, Stodden said that the split and impending divorce was amicable, that Hutchison was continuing to co-manage her career, and that the experience of their marriage didn't sour her on older men.[37] On November 9, 2013, the two signed a legal separation document.[38] The document said though they confirmed terms of their legal separation, they would continue to live together at their residence.[38] In August 2014, the couple announced that they had reconciled,[39] with plans to renew their wedding vows later that year.[40]

It was announced on May 17, 2016 that Stodden and Hutchison were expecting their first child.[41] In mid July, around three months into her pregnancy, Stodden announced she had suffered a miscarriage.[42] On May 20, 2016, the pair celebrated their fifth anniversary by renewing their wedding vows.[43][44]

In January 2017, it was reported that Stodden and Hutchison have separated. However, they are still living together for the time being.[45] In March 2018, she filed for divorce.[46]



  • "Car Candy" (2010)[6][47]
  • "Don't Put It On Me Girl" (2010)[6]
  • "Reality" (2012)[6]
  • "Asphalt" (2016)
  • "Mistletoe Bikini" (2016)[48]

Music videos[edit]

  • "Car Candy" (2010)[6]
  • "Don't Put It On Me Girl" (2010)[6]
  • "Reality" (2012)[6]
  • "Mistletoe Bikini" (2016)[48]



Year Title Role Notes
2016 Love Addict Mrs. Davenport Feature Film Debut


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Couples Therapy Herself
2012 The Donny Clay Show with Courtney Stodden Herself
2013 Tosh.0 Herself Episode: "DJ Decimal Point"
2013 Celebrity Big Brother Herself 24 episodes
2013 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Herself 21 episodes
2014 POP, Fashion & Sport Herself Episode: "The Oceans Are Dying (Premiere Awareness Event in Hollywood)"
2014 Hollywood Hillbillies Herself Episode: "Michael Makes a Music Video"
2014 Reality Ex-Wives Herself
2016 The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition Herself
2016 Million Dollar Matchmaker Herself
2017 Celebs Go Dating Herself Series 3
2017 Dr.Phil Herself


  1. ^ Note: Although this ABC News story and this Us Weekly story both refer to Stodden as an aspiring country music singer, she adamantly clarified at the 2:26 mark of the first video in this Wow Report story that she is not a country singer.
  2. ^ Note: The ABC News citation indicates that the courtship was four months. However, the interview between Dr. Jenn Berman and Stodden's mother, Krista, that occurred in Couples Therapy Episode 2.8 indicated that it was five or six.


  1. ^ a b "Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden Talk Marriage". E! News/YouTube. July 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Marriage License/Certificate scan of Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden" (PDF). Radar Online. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 12, 2012.  Archived from RadarOnline's article 16-Year-Old Bride and 51-Year-Old Hubby’s Marriage License & Certificate! June 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Hess, Mike. "Courtney Stodden Before the Fame: 'She Was 12 or 13 Years Old' (PHOTOS)". Celebuzz. SpinMedia. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Playing By the Rules". Couples Therapy. Season 2. Episode 5. October 31, 2012. VH1. 
  5. ^ Anderson-Minshall, Diane (March 5, 2013). "In Defense of Courtney Stodden". The Advocate. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
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  7. ^ Marikar, Sheila (June 22, 2011). "Who Is Courtney Alexis Stodden?". ABC News.
  8. ^ "Season Finale". Couples Therapy. Season 2. Episode 10. November 29, 2012. VH1. 
  9. ^ a b Elise, Abigail. "Why Did Courtney Stodden's Mom Quit As Manager? Krista Keller Reveals Reason Behind Split". International Business Times. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Father Albert. Season 1. July 20, 2011. Fox. 
  11. ^ Ellis, Angela; Ghebremedhin, Sabina (July 15, 2011). "Exclusive: Doug Hutchison, 51, and Courtney Stodden, 16, Dish on Controversial Marriage". Nightline. ABC News.
  12. ^ Finn, Natalie (July 19, 2011). "Green Mile's Doug Hutchison & Teen Bride Courtney Stodden Talk Virginity, Surgery and That Age Gap". E! News. 
  13. ^ a b Beard, Lanford (October 3, 2012)."'Couples Therapy': Courtney Stodden teases 'vicious energy' in season 2". Entertainment Weekly.
  14. ^ "'I'm about to hit my threshold': Doug Hutchison, 52, breaks down on Couple's Therapy as underage wife Courtney stands him up". Daily Mail. October 23, 2012. The session starts with comments by lead therapist Dr Jen Berman, who says that while she still questions the dynamics of Courtney and Doug's relationship, 'What I do know is that if the animosity between Nik and Doug continues, it's going to distract from everyone's therapy'. 
  15. ^ a b c Spero, Jesse (October 9, 2012). "Couples Therapy’s Dr. Jenn Berman: Doug Hutchison Is ‘Not A Predator’". Access Hollywood.
  16. ^ Darvill, Josh (September 11, 2013). "PICTURES! Courtney Stodden, Louie Spence evicted from Celebrity Big Brother 2013 house". Telly Mix. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ 50 Cent (March 18, 2014). "50 Cent - Don't Worry Bout It (Official Music Video) - TI50" Archived March 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. This is 50.
  18. ^ "Michael Makes a Music Video". Hollywood Hillbillies. Season 2. Episode 5. August 26, 2014. Reelz. 
  19. ^ "Controversy Over Child Bride Courtney Stodden's Sex Tape". Gawker. Archived from the original on May 15, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Courtney Stodden signs to Rich Kid Mafia". Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  21. ^ Bacardi, Francesca (October 17, 2017). "Courtney Stodden is rebranding herself". Page Six. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Love Addict (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  23. ^ a b Stodden, Courtney (March 12, 2018). "Episode 198: Courtney Stodden". The Tomorrow Show (Interview). Interviewed by Keven Undergaro. Retrieved March 19, 2018. 
  24. ^ a b ""I'm Lactose". Couples Therapy: Ep. 6: "Playing By The Rules" Bonus Clips". VH1. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ a b c d "Courtney Stodden Wants You to Read the Bible". Gawker. Archived from the original on September 7, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Courtney Stodden in Courtney Naturally – Wikipedia Mad Libs". The Wow Report. June 5, 2014. 2:00 mark. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  27. ^ Vultaggio, Maria. "Courtney Stodden's Sexy Thanksgiving Photo Shoot For PETA". IB Times. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Courtney Stodden Gets Boob Job Former Teen Bride Undergoes Breast Enlargement Surgery (PHOTO, VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. June 18, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Courtney Stodden Films Breast Enlargement Surgery [Video]". Inquisitr. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "Green Mile's Doug Hutchison, 51, Marries Aspiring Country Singer, 16". Us Weekly. June 20, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Putting Love to the Test". Couples Therapy. Season 2. Episode 8. November 14, 2012. VH1. 
  32. ^ Cutié, Alberto. "Father Albert: Was Courtney a Virgin Before She Married Doug?". FatherAlbertShow. YouTube. July 20, 2011.
  33. ^ a b Nsenduluka, Benge (October 5, 2012). "'Couples Therapy' Doug Hutchison Called 'Pedophile' Over Marriage to Courtney Stodden". The Christian Post.
  34. ^ "Episode #2.1". Couples Therapy. Season 2. Episode 1. October 3, 2012. VH1. 
  35. ^ Hayner, Chris E. (November 1, 2013). "Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison ending marriage after 2 years". Zap2it. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  36. ^ Bogursky, Sasha (November 18, 2013). "Courtney Stodden spills on split: George Clooney and 'Bachelorette' in teen's future?". Fox News. 
  37. ^ "'I wanted my freedom!': Courtney Stodden, 19, reveals why she split from Doug Hutchison, 53". Daily Mail. November 9, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013. 
  38. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison make their split official with separation agreement ... as teen bride betrays her age with heart signature". Daily Mail. November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  39. ^ Rothman, Michael (August 11, 2014). "Courtney Stodden, 19, Engaged Again to Ex 54-Year-Old Doug Hutchison". ABC News.
  40. ^ Chiu, Melody (August 12, 2014). "Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison Are Back Together – and Renewing Their Vows". People. 
  41. ^ "Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison expecting first child". CBS News. May 17, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  42. ^ "Feeling so empty: Grieving Courtney Stodden shares heartbreaking tweets days after suffering devastating miscarriage". Daily Mail. July 20, 2016. 
  43. ^ "Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchison Are Back Together – and Renewing Their Vows". May 23, 2016. 
  44. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. May 20, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  45. ^ Johnson, Tyler. "Courtney Stodden & Doug Hutchison: It's Over!". The Hollywood Gossip. Food Innovation Group: Bon Appetit and Epicurious. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  46. ^ "Former teen bride Courtney Stodden reportedly files for divorce from Doug Hutchison". Montreal Gazette. March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  47. ^ Robertson, James (September 12, 2013). "Courtney Stodden before she was famous: Childhood pictures of controversial TV bombshell". Daily Mirror.
  48. ^ a b Rawden, Mack (December 23, 2016). "Courtney Stodden Made A Really Dirty Christmas Music Video And It Is All Kinds Of NSFW". Retrieved May 4, 2017. 

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