Courtney Stodden made a huge announcement regarding their personal life and identity this week.
Scroll on to hear what they had to say...
Now, Courtney is seldom out of the headlines these days.
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Courtney is best known for their modeling model career, for being a social media personality, and for their appearance on the U.K. reality TV show, Celebrity Big Brother, in 2013.
The twenty-six-year-old has lived a whirlwind life in the public eye so far...
But it was their bizarre relationship with fifty-nine-year-old Doug Hutchinson that plunged them even further into the limelight.
Courtney was only sixteen when they became involved with the fifty-year-old actor...
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And despite the pair eventually marrying (and then splitting up), it caused a lot of controversy and issues for the actor's career, with him being labeled as a "pedophile" and a "predator."
Courtney has since spoken about the controversial relationship...
And, in a lengthy Instagram post, admitted that they were groomed.
"I've been scared to even speak up about feeling groomed or being verbally abused during the almost 10-year marriage because I was a child and he was 50 when we married but I'm a woman now and it's time for me to put my big girl pants on and speak on this matter."
Addressing Hutchingson directly, they wrote:
"I'll always love you; yet I'll always be angry. You've left me — a child-woman, feeling belittled and confused. These things I shall overcome. I wish you well. But please don't ever do this to another minor again."
But, despite their trauma...
Courtney has emerged on the other end a much stronger person.
And this week, the star made an announcement that nobody was expecting.
Taking to Instagram late Tuesday evening, Courtney announced that they now identify as non-binary, and gave a heartbreaking insight into their struggles with identity and bullying.
Since their announcement, messages of support have been flooding in from fans...
@CourtneyStodden Your spirit is beautiful, and you are so loved! I always knew you were a deep/old soul 💜— EllCee (@EllCee)1618372810.0
@CourtneyStodden 💜💜💜💜💜 all my love— ex-teenage drama queen (@ex-teenage drama queen)1618371078.0
@CourtneyStodden Welcome to the gang.— The Divine Irregular (@The Divine Irregular)1618371029.0
@CourtneyStodden hope youre doing good queen ❤️✨— Himeros✨ (@Himeros✨)1618173886.0
@CourtneyStodden Beautiful as always, thanks for sharing💖💖💖💖💖💖— Mike Voisard🗼🗼 (@Mike Voisard🗼🗼)1617866637.0
@CourtneyStodden You. Are. Beautiful. Iconic. And a brilliant role model. Lysm!!!— Damienne (@Damienne)1618357829.0
@CourtneyStodden The most important perception of yourself is your own. Be yourself and be happy 😊— Tim Anderson (@Tim Anderson)1618361721.0
@CourtneyStodden be what makes you happy, be you— Rich P. (@Rich P.)1618292427.0
@CourtneyStodden You look beautiful, sunshine ☀ ❤️— puttep (@puttep)1618318146.0
Their post continued:
"I've never felt like I ever fit in anywhere. I was bullied horribly in school because I was different. The other girls never understood me."
They went on to explain that they had to be taken out of school as a result of the relentless bullying...
But still, they never felt like they truly fit in.
They even made a reference to their highly-publicized relationship with Hutchinson.
"I never really connected with anyone my age."