This celebrity couple isn’t famous because of the work they’ve done or the awards they’ve collected. Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden are known because of their scandalous sugar daddy relationship.
The couple first met in 2011. Hutchison, an established actor, was holding an acting workshop, and Stodden signed up in hopes of launching her career as an actress. Their 35-year age difference meant nothing at the time—this was just business.
They started talking regularly online and at first, most of their conversations revolved around acting and the film industry. Hutchison had seen her personal web site and assumed she was at least in her mid 20s—she was only 16. It was only a matter of time before their conversations started to get more personal, and business turned into pleasure.
When they realized that they were falling for each other, Hutchison still had no idea how old Stodden really was. He eventually found out through her mother, who was monitoring their online exchanges. Hutchison offered to end the relationship, but when her parents gave them their blessing, he decided to make it official instead. Hutchison and Stodden got married in May 2011—she was still 16 and he was 51. People were shocked, curious, and disgusted. Hutchison was reportedly dropped by his agent and disowned by his family after making Stodden his wife.
An older man marrying a younger woman is nothing new in Hollywood—a 34-year age gap isn’t even unheard of. What really upset people about this relationship is the fact that Stodden was so young. Hutchison isn’t just old enough to be her father—he actually is older than her biological father.
Although they still get flack for it, Hutchison and Stodden maintain that their age difference has no impact on their marriage. “We’re aware that our vast age difference is extremely controversial,” they said in a recent statement. “But we’re very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless.”
In November 2013, the celebrity couple revealed that they were separating. While Doug would remain her co-manager, Stodden moved out of their shared home and into the apartment next door.
“Actor Doug Hutchison, 51, Wed Aspiring Country Singer Courtney Alexis Stodden, 16,” ABC News web site; http://goo.gl/0vRUC, last accessed June 27, 2013.