Published June 23, 2011
Courtney Alexis Stodden, 16, married “Lost” actor Doug Hutchison, 51, in Las Vegas last month.
The marriage was legal because Las Vegas law states that as long as one parent or legal guardian consents, one can marry at the age of 16.
Stodden got that parental consent from her mom and dad, Alex and Krista Stodden.
FOX411.com talked to Krista Stodden, and she explained why she allowed her 16-year old daughter to marry her 51-year old manager.
“We all needed a good man in our lives,” said Krista, adding the 35-year age gap does not faze her. “After a while you don’t look at the age. You look at the love they started to have towards each other. He became more than a number to us.”
Courtney, an aspiring actress, model and pop singer, met her husband when he began managing her career. Her parents welcomed Hutchinson, who is four years older than his new father-in-law, into their lives when he started dating their daughter.
“He was her manager, and then as we got to know him, we got to see what kind of person he was,” Krista said. “He just became a wonderful person in our eyes, and he’s a great Christian man.”
Courtney and Doug did not want to wait the two years until she turned 18 to marry. (Once you are 18, you do not need parental consent.)
“I think probably because the distance, they didn’t want to wait,” explained Krista. “They lived in different areas and, you know, they just wanted to be together and we supported her on that.”
Without that support, Courtney and Doug would not have been able to marry.
Las Vegas attorney Robert Massi gave FOX411.com the legal guidelines for minors getting married.
“A person at least 16 years of age, but less than 18 years of age, may marry only if the person has the consent of either a parent or legal guardian,” said Massi.
Most 16-year olds are not focused on finding a husband. According to mother Krista, her daughter was no different. She said Courtney, home schooled since the 6th grade, was not looking for love.
“She never thought that she would find the right person and when she found Doug, she said 'I never really wanted to get married but I found someone perfect for me and you never know what age you’re going to find that person at',” said Krista.
According to Krista, Courtney is used to being in the spotlight. She began modeling at the age of 12 and by 14 she was hosting her own online show called “The Courtney Stodden Show.”
Courtney has also been the victim of cyber bullying, addressing many hurtful comments she has encountered on her YouTube channel.
“Courtney is used to this type of reaction towards her,” said Krista. “She’s a very beautiful girl and she stands out, because she’s shockingly beautiful when you see her in person. She reads some of the negative things people wrote about her but she’s strong.”
Since the story broke, the young teen has been bombarded with questions on whether she has had breast implants.
“Everything is real,” insists Krista. “Usually when girls have little cute bodies, they don’t have large breasts, but she’s had no work done, and she doesn’t need anything done.”
The Stoddens are happy that their daughter has found the love of her life.
“He’s such a good person for our daughter and we are so comfortable with him and her because he is such a great man,” said Krista. “They have a wonderful life together.”
Courtney has no current plans to attend college and instead is focusing on making it big in the entertainment industry, a dream her mother has always supported.
The newlyweds currently reside in Hollywood, California.