Courtney Stodden, 16, and Doug Hutchison, 51, swear their marriage is not a publicity stunt. To prove it, they went on a national talk show this week.
The couple, whose marriage in May created quite the stir due to their age difference, appeared on Good Morning America yesterday and said the relationship was "totally innocent" at first, focused on business.
Stodden made the first flirty move over email, Hutchison said, adding that he then sensed "a struggle inside my heart... because I had already started falling for her."
Hutchison called Stodden's mother, who is on record supporting the couple, and said:
"I said, Krista, I don't know if you know this or not, but your daughter and I are falling in love.... If you and [Courtney's father, Alex Stodden] have any misgivings whatsoever about this... I will respect you, and Courtney will respect you. And we will step back."
Doug was given his now mother-in-law's blessing, which thrilled Courtney.