Stodden met their future husband online in 2010 after they reached out to him about an acting workshop he was hosting in LA. The former beauty pageant queen — in 2009, Stodden was gunning for the title of Miss Teen Washington — aspired to become an actress at the time.
“The way we met was really beautiful,” Stodden said in a joint interview with Hutchison on ABC News in 2011. “My mother was managing my career. Her friend told my mother that he was holding some workshops for acting. And I was very interested in acting. So what better way than to connect that way?”
Hutchison said they developed a close bond even without meeting, saying they exchanged “totally innocent” emails and spoke on the phone for months before he learned Stodden was just 16 years old.
“[My] world turned upside down,” he said of finding out Stodden’s age. “It didn’t make me want to walk away, but it definitely was a struggle inside my heart … because I had already started falling for her.”
The budding actress was just 16 years old when they married Hutchison, who was 51. The pair married in Las Vegas’ Little Chapel of Flowers on May 20, 2011.
In the aforementioned ABC News interview, Stodden revealed they were a virgin when their father walked them down the aisle.