The internet was buzzing yesterday after word broke that D-List actor, Doug Hutchison married a 16-year-old girl, Courtney Stodden. No joke, the girl's parents granted permission and even gave their seal of approval.
Stodden's 47-year-old father, Alex, and her mother Krista even gushed about their new son in law.
"Every father can only pray to have such a man behind their daughter," he told Radaronline. "Doug is the nicest man I've ever met in my life."
Courtney's mother Krista also told RadarOnline.com, "We are totally supportive of this marriage. Doug is a wonderful man and we love him."
She defended her daughter's decision, insisting that she is a 'good Christian girl'.Mrs Stodden added, "They are very much in love and we are so supportive of this."
Courtney and Doug married in Vegas on May 20th at the Little Chapel of Flowers.
According to Doug's website: "Mr and Mrs Hutchison live together happily ensconced in their Hollywood Hills home with their lil' pups, Everette and Tuna."
Since the wedding, the TV star and his teen bride have been forced to defend their decision.
"We're aware that our vast age difference is extremely controversial," the couple told E! Online.
"But we're very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless."
The legal age for marriage in Las Vegas is 18, however with parental consent it drops to 16.
So who is this 16-year-old bride, and is she even 16?
Here are some fun facts about the "virgin" bride.
First of all she was truly a virgin bride, according to her mother, at least. "Courtney was a virgin when she married Doug. She is a good Christian girl."
She's an aspiring country singer, who judging by her website is managed by her new hubby. On her website she describes herself as a 'recording artist, singer/songwriter, actress and model who currently resides in Ocean Shores, Washington, as well as Hollywood, California'.
The teen bride started her career early, signing with a modeling agency at the age of 12.
She was 15 when she entered Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization, becoming Miss Ocean Shores, Washington, and going on to represent her city in the Miss Washington USA Pageant. She didn't make it past that.
According to her mother, she is au natural. "She is a beautiful girl. She has real breasts, real lips, she's not plastic."
What do you think about this controversial wedded union?
Our viewers served up their thoughts:
Denise writes: perhaps a kid to take care of?
Stephanie writes: He always plays creepy roles anyway, and he LOOKS like a pedophile.
Kaylyn writes: PEDOPHILE!
Krystal writes: This is just sad and disgusting....how could her parents condone this relationship
Ashley writes: I heard that she was 16... In 1997
@Melli7968 tweets:@maggiesworld in my opinion he adopted her as a bride. Weird! parents let it happen
@8gunfun8 tweets:@maggiesworld The 51 is making some revision
@DJCBS25 tweets: @maggiesworld PIMPIN they daughter out for a hope at fame..
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