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Courtney Stodden splits from Doug Hutchison

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Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden.

Courtney Stodden, who wed "Lost" actor Doug Hutchison, 53, when she was just 16, has separated from her husband.

"After two and a half years of marriage, Courtney and Doug have decided to become legally separated," Stodden's representative said in a statement shared with TODAY. "This is a mutual and amicable decision that they're making together."

The rep went on to explain that the now 19-year-old is "interested in exploring life as an unmarried single adult — with the freedom to explore her independence."

The former couple also issued a joint statement, saying, "We love each other very much, want for each other's happiness, and will continue being the best of friends for life."

They're such good friends that they will continue living in the same home for now, albeit in separate bedrooms, the rep said. Hutchison will also be co-managing his ex's career.

Stodden wed Hutchison in May 2011 and addressed their 35-year age difference then, saying in a statement, "We're very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless." 

The young aspiring singer-songwriter was a little-known name in Hollywood at the time, but the notoriety of their union garnered them both attention in the tabloids and from reality shows. 

In 2012, the couple appeared on VH1's "Couples Therapy." She said she did not want children at that time, while he did; she also noted that she sometimes called her husband "Dad."

"I accidentally call him 'Dad' — you know, Doug, Dad, same thing," she laughed. 

Stodden appeared on "Celebrity Big Brother" in the UK earlier this year. People magazine noted that she "reportedly flirted with a fellow contestant on the reality show."

But, the magazine added, Hutchison and Stodden were spotted walking their dog together on Monday, sans wedding rings.

"The two will share custody of their precious pup, Dourtney," the rep said.

— With additional reporting by Anna Chan.