They say age is only a number when it comes to love – just ask Green Mile star Doug Anthony Hutchison and his new bride.
The 51-year-old actor has married aspiring country singer Courtney Alexis Stodden, who is 16.
The pair married in Las Vegas last month and Hutchison proudly posted a picture of himself and the former beauty queen on his website this week.
Since the wedding the TV star and his teenage 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.
Courtney’s mother Krista Stodden 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 said: ‘They are very much in love and we are so supportive of this.
‘Courtney was a virgin when she married Doug. She is a good Christian girl.’