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It’s not like Courtney Stodden to be so quiet, but a week after initial reports surfaced indicating that she and 53-year-old husband Doug Hutchinson were splitting up, she’s finally ready to talk. In a excerpt from an upcoming television interview with E! News, 19-year-old Courtney talked about why she has decided to break things off for now with her much older husband.

“I want to be free and embrace my independence and not neglect my youth,” Courtney told E! reporter Melanie Bromley. It’s not a huge surprise that the age difference is a key part of Courtney’s change of heart. Her statement on Monday said as much. “As you know, Courtney was married at a young age. Now, at 19, she’s interested in exploring life as an unmarried, single young adult — with the freedom to explore her independence.”  

At this time, the two are becoming legally separated, but there has been no talk of a formal divorce yet. While early reports indicated that Doug was heartbroken over the separation, Courtney’s statement said the decision was “mutual and amicable,” and Doug will continue to be her co-manager along with Courtney’s mom. They will also continue to live together, albeit in separate bedrooms, and share custody of their dog, Dourtney (yeah, that’s really the dog’s name).

We wish Doug and Courtney the best with their new arrangement!

Source: E! News

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