Days after the split from her significantly older husband Doug Hutchison, aspiring singer and reality star Courtney Stodden isn't shy in voicing her excitement for her newfound freedom.
Stodden was just 16 when she married Hutchison in 2011. The "Lost" actor was 51 years old at the time, making him more than 30 years her senior.
"I'm feeling good. Obviously, any breakup is really stressful," she told E! News in a recent interview.
When asked what went wrong, the answer was pretty straightforward.
"My age, obviously," said Stodden, now 19.
When asked if this breakup was for publicity, she quickly denied those claims, saying, "I don't understand why we would do that right now with how many people were against us."
Stodden told E! that when she was away for her stint on "Celebrity Big Brother UK," it was the first time she had been away from her husband for more than a day.
"I was missing him, but not intimately," she said. "I couldn't neglect my desires and wanting to embrace my independence and my freedom."
She now admits and understands why everyone was so shocked when the two became intimate.
"I got that it was unconventional. I didn't get how weird and strange that came across," she added. "When I was 16, I got my marriage license instead of my driver's license, come on!"
She also said that there was a lot of weight on her shoulders when the two got together, as Hutchison lost his family and some of his friends after the unlikely union.
"I became his world," she said.
Now, Stodden is just enjoying being single and being a teen.
"I feel like a little girl again, just being able to start over," she said.
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