Courtney Stodden opened up to Ron Atkinson about her controversial marriage to actor Doug Hutchison on her first night in the Celebrity Big Brother 2013 house.
Stodden is best known for the media furore that emerged after she tied the knot with the Green Mile and The X Files star in 2011 – when he was 51 and she was just 16.
In tonight’s highlights show, the 19-year-old is shown discussing the reaction to her relationship with Hutchison, who claims it led to him being disowned by his family, dropped by his agent and branded a ‘paedophile’.
“I have been married for 3 years. It was quite the controversy,” explained Courtney. “I was 16 to a 50 year old Hollywood actor. It was like an international media storm… it went crazy.”
“Are you still married?” asked football player-turned-pundit Ron.
“Yes, our three year anniversary is coming soon,” she replied. “Obviously we are doing something right. I mean love is love, regardless of gender and age.
“Love is love wherever you find it. I am accepting of that. I was disappointed of the backlash that I got. People thought I was a gold-digger and I was marrying him for Hollywood… quite frankly I could marry so many more men with so much more money than him.”
Hutchison reportedly expressed an interest in entering the house alongside his wife, but bosses vetoed the idea as they wanted to establish her as ‘a star in her own right’.
Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight at 9.00pm on Channel 5 with a live special.