Credit: Courtney Stodden on Twitter

If you thought you had this bombshell pegged, you were wrong. Though Courtney Stodden rose to fame at 16 for marrying a much-older man — a then-51-year-old Doug Hutchison — her type seems to be skewing a lot younger these days. Just this week, Courtney stepped out with her rumored new boyfriend, and this guy is no AARP card holder.

The mysterious man is said to be a model-actor by the name of Ray, though little else is known about him. He and the newly-separated Courtney were spotted walking arm in arm while shopping for Christmas trees on Sunday (December 22), and the two were clearly in the holiday spirit. Ray was sporting a festive Santa hat, while Court sipped on a holiday brew from Starbucks.

We are sort of loving this new Courtney we’ve been seeing recently. The normally-bleached-blonde 19-year-old recently went brunette, and the more subdued ‘do seems to have inspired a more conservative wardrobe to match. She’s even rocking a turtleneck here — pretty much unheard of for the busty gal who’s never been shy about flaunting cleavage in the past.

After trying out another older man after her split from Doug in November, perhaps Courtney is finally taking her own advice and embracing her youth. ''I think the age difference is 99.99 percent of it,” she said, following their break-up announcement. “I think I missed the experience of being youthful and being single.''

We will have to wait and see whether this aspiring pop star and her model boytoy keep things going after the holidays. If the fling does fizzle out, hopefully she’ll continue to at least date other similarly age-appropriate men in the future.

Are you happy to see Courtney date someone younger? Let us know in the comments.

Source: E! News

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