By Stephanie Nolasco, ,
Published December 19, 2017
Former child bride Courtney Stodden is battling depression.
The 23-year-old reality TV star opened up about her mental health woes in an Instagram post on Sunday.
“I feel too much,” wrote Stodden. “I soak up too much energy from myself and others. I love too deeply. I’m extremely insecure. Terribly childlike and vulnerable. This is me and my struggle with depression. But I have faith I’ll prevail. If you’re a sufferer of anxiety or depression – know that you aren’t alone. Depression is hard to kick. But I’ll get through it and so will you if you’re a sufferer.”
It’s no secret former Miss Teen Washington has been having a difficult time. Stodden and her husband of nearly six years, 57-year-old actor Doug Hutchison, parted ways earlier this year.
“A split is really hard,” she told Us Weekly back in April. “Doug and I are on really good terms, but it’s just hard, you know because we’re trying to hang on to our friendship because we are best friends and we don’t want to part in a disastrous Hollywood way. I got married when I was 16 and he was kind of more than just a husband to me, he was a lot. He was there for me when most of my family wasn’t and was just a rock in my life.”
The former couple also suffered from a miscarriage in July 2016.
That same year, Stodden told Fox News her mother, who previously served as her business manager, was allegedly in love with Hutchison.
“I think there weren’t any healthy boundaries in our relationship,” claimed Stodden. “I feel like at some point, throughout my teenage years, she started to live vicariously through me.
"I feel like somewhere down the line, when I fell in love with my husband, she would tell me, ‘I feel that love for him as well.’ So in her mind, she allowed herself to fall in love with my husband… I don’t want to call her delusional, but I do feel like a lot of her actions were really inappropriate, especially as a mother. I was very hurt by some of her attempts, including her falling in love with my husband.”
Stodden also revealed she didn’t get a chance to be “a normal teenage girl” because of her marriage, which resulted in a brief separation from Hutchinson before they renewed their vows in 2016. However, she had zero regrets walking down the aisle.
“You know, I completely understand the controversy [but] I’m happy,” she explained. “I love my husband so much. I just don’t have any regrets. I went through that separation period when I did need to relive some of the years that I felt like I didn’t get a chance to experience, but in the end I’m so happy now. I don’t have any regrets about marrying him at such a young age. I actually learned a lot from it.”