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Doug Hutchison, 51: God Led Me to Wife Courtney Stodden, 16

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Divine romance?

Actor Doug Hutchison's marriage to his much-younger wife Courtney Stodden has been controversial from the start. In an appearance on Father Albert which airs Wednesday, Hutchison, 51, and Stodden, 16, say they were brought together by a higher power.

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"God connects us," the Green Mile actor tells host Albert Cutie. "When you meet that someone you love, there's something inside that's leading you towards that person."

So did the aspiring actress remain a virgin until marriage for spiritual reasons? "Yes," she says. "And God blessed me with a beautiful gift. He blessed me with my soulmate."

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Another reason the couple didn't partake in physical activity before they were married (with Stodden's parents consent), was that she was a minor; if they were to have had sex prior to saying "I do" in May, it would've broken the law.

The young newlywed adds that she's not missing out on anything by settling down at such a young age. "[Doug] is my college. He's my acting coach. I have a built- in acting coach!" she gushes. "How many girls [would want that]? That's their dream, and I fell in love with my dream."

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And how does she respond when other women call her a slut? "It's kind of funny, because if a woman doesn't call me that when I walk by, I think I need to go home and redo my hair because I don't look as good as I did when they call me that," she admits.

But Hutchison doesn't see his wife as immature. "Courtney is ageless," he says. "And she's right when she says she's an old soul. And I joke around with her, I say, one of the reasons we work is because Courtney is 16 going on 36, and I'm 51 going on 21. So we conversely sort of meet somewhere in the middle."

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