Courtney Stodden Says They Identify As a Non-Binary Person | 22 Words

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.

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...

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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...

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...

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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 β€” 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...

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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...

Courtney began by simply stating:

"They/them/theirs. I don't Identify as she or her."

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."

"My spirit is fluid with a kaleidoscope of color."

You can read their full post above.