The saga in Courtney Stodden’s life continues. The former teen bride and her mother, Krista Keller, have been desperately trying to fix their broken relationship on episodes of Lifetime’s The Mother/Daughter Experiment: Celebrity Edition.
Courtney Stodden’s husband, Doug Hutchison, made a recent appearance on the reality show to put an end to the rumors that he tried to romance Stodden’s mom. He also divulged on how he met a then-16-year-old Courtney Stodden when he was turning 50-years-old. Their union stirred headlines and created outrage on social media.
Doug recalled the time that he first met Courtney, which was online. The two communicated via email and instant message for months when he realized he had developed deep feelings for the underage beauty pageant contestant.
“After I found out about Courtney’s age, I had a really frank talk with Krista,” he said, at first.
“I said, ‘Listen, I don’t know if you know what’s going on here, but your daughter and I are falling for each other.’ And Krista said, ‘You’re a good person and I don’t have any problem with you and Courtney continuing to explore this together.'”
The rest of the ladies in the room were wide-eyed and shocked when Hutchison told the story. Heidi Montag, Kim Richards, Natalie Nunn, and Shar Jackson were especially shocked by what they were hearing. But Hutchison ignored their disbelief and carried on with his side of the story. He revealed that Stodden was pursued by wealthy men from around the globe who had a desire to marry the child.
“Courtney was being courted by tons of men. Closer to her age, wealthier than me, more famous. From sports figures to politicians to sheiks in the Middle East.”
A stunned Natalie Nunn told the cameras, “What the f**k dude. Sheiks?! How are sheiks finding a 16-year-old?”
But the model chose the former Green Mile and Lost actor instead of all of the wealthy men who tried to pursue her. Check out the video for yourself below.
There also seems to be an inconsistency with the couple’s story. Courtney previously told the girls that she and Doug spoke for six to seven months before they fell in love and planned their controversial marriage. Doug said that it was only two months when he realized that they should get married.
Stodden, now 21, previously told Celebuzz that her mother fell in love with Hutchison around that same time. She also said that her mother would seduce other men into their home and fall in love with them as well.
“She was close to me and she would say, ‘What my daughter feels, I feel.’ I feel like she started to feel the love that I have for my husband and I think, in her mind, there were some boundaries beginning to get crossed and she began to fall in love with him as well. She was just very vulnerable and had these feelings for my husband. My husband wasn’t the first. I’ve had past relationships where she kinda felt she had feelings for past boyfriends.”
But Courtney Stodden has been making the most of her life despite her complicated relationship with her mother. The reality star stole the show when she “died” in front of a PetSmart store in Los Angeles on April 14. Courtney dressed up as a white mouse complete with a painted nose, white bodysuit, white wig, and white over-the-knee stockings. She dramatically laid on the sidewalk as someone dumped red paint on her body to make it look as if she was killed.
She wanted to get involved with the protest when she discovered that a PetSmart supplier was gassing animals in plastic bags and allowing them to die, according to PETA’s press release. PETA also exposed of a similar supplier that discovered small animals were warehoused inside plastic bins and plastic bags and frozen alive. Stodden knew that she wanted to get involved somehow, even if that meant as an artistic display outside of PetSmart stores.
“It’s heartbreaking to think that countless mice, rats, bunnies, and lizards are dying in filthy bins for PetSmart’s stores. My friends at PETA and I urge everyone to refuse to shop anywhere that sells live animals!”
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