It’s been a year that made headlines for Courtney Stodden.
The star, who turns 27 on August 29, spoke exclusively to Fox News to reflect on the life-changing events of the past year. To name a few: going out as non-binary, accepting a marriage proposal, and sounding the alarm bells about cyberbullying, the latter leading to the downfall of Chrissy Teigen and a wider discussion of child abuse. youth and women in Hollywood.
Before discussing the events that forced Stodden to relive some of their biggest traumas of the past year, the “Pleasure” frontman revealed why turning 27 is such a critical milestone.
“I’m jokingly telling my friends I’m wrapping myself in bubble wrap this year,” Stodden says with a laugh. “I just feel like it’s such a scary year!”
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Some of the world’s most famous artists haven’t lived more than 27 years, Stodden points out. Stodden refers to the so-called “Club of 27,” which includes celebrities like Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, all of whom died at that age due to unforeseen circumstances.
“I have always felt close to those souls who went through a lot at a young age. I feel like I have lived three lifetimes!” Stodden admits. “I’m just praying to be 28. It’s not like I’m sitting there thinking I’m going to die everyday, but I’ve always worried that 27 would be the year I would kick in the bucket, which is really scary to think of. So this year for my birthday, I’m just going to think about it. “
The last few months have been marked by ups and downs, confirms Stodden. In April, the former reality TV star turned out to be non-binary, announcing on Instagram that they no longer identified as “her or her” and relied on their pronouns.
“It helped me in a lot of ways,” Stodden said of coming out. “The main way is how I see myself. It’s different for everyone, but for me, being non-binary has helped me kiss myself. It tells me I’m enough. Just because I don’t. doesn’t seem to be completely male all the time, or super female, you don’t have to fall into that physical box to kiss yourself. ‘ It is a border that must be broken. “
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Stodden went on to make the headlines that forced the former reality TV star to relive the traumas of the past. In early May, Stodden called Teigen for years of unwarranted social media bullying, including an old tweet in which the former model encouraged Stodden to take his own life. Stodden says they have since made their peace with cyberbullying by approaching it in therapy.
“This whole past with Chrissy was really hard to live with because it was almost like she was telling me to kill myself again,” Stodden says. “It just brings me back to that place where I’m told I’m not good enough or that I don’t deserve a life. It was in my face all the time.”
Stodden has confirmed that they have yet to receive a personal apology from Teigen other than a very public one that she wrote on Twitter. Three months later, Stodden agrees with this.
“I haven’t received a personal apology, but I close this chapter. I approach it with forgiveness. I’m completely out of it,” Stodden adds. “I am working for my own peace. I wish the same for her. I wish her much healing.”
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The now-viral scandal has also sparked more discussion about the cancellation culture, with Teigen joking about being in a “cancellation club.”
“I don’t really believe in canceling culture,” Stodden says. “I believe there are things you do and things you don’t, and I believe in redemption. I think it’s important and it’s part of life.”
Stodden reveals that if this past year has taught them anything, it is that trauma is “very difficult to overcome but it is not impossible.”
“I’m in therapy now once a week. It’s been a lot to realize all the healing I need to do, but I also feel like it’s important to me too. I have a lot of supporters and supporters. people who have told me that through my pain I have helped them heal too. I feel a lot of responsibility not only to myself but to others. But that’s what I’m here for. It’s time for me to not to be a victim but to be a villain – survivor. “
And the star has a lot to look forward to. Months ago, Stodden said “yes” to a proposal from boyfriend, businessman and entrepreneur Chris Sheng.
“I divorced, then I got engaged. My life isn’t slowing down at all,” Stodden laughs.
Stodden gushed out attributes of Sheng which made their response to his proposal easy.
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“He absolutely accepted me. He’s very, very, very patient with me and he really tries to get to know me every day,” Stodden shares. “It’s hard to be in such an intimate relationship while you are working through your own traumas, but it has been absolutely amazing and spoils me in hell.”
But that doesn’t mean the wedding bells will be ringing anytime soon, the former teenage bride said. Stodden made headlines at the age of 16 when they notoriously married actor Doug Hutchison, who was 51 at the time.
“When [Sheng] offered to me, I made sure to tell him that I wasn’t ready to walk down an alley in the near future and he accepted it. He said ‘I totally understand, take all the time you need, but I’m never going anywhere,’ “they recalled.
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Now Stodden is excited about what to expect. The singer reveals exclusively to Fox News that next Sunday, they will celebrate their birthday with the release of a new single entitled “Boy Destroyer”.
“It’s a little surprise I have for my fans on my birthday! I wrote ‘Boy Destroyer’ thinking about my past marriage and all the different things I have experienced with men. J threw all that creepy trauma in there and it’s gonna be so much fun. I can’t wait for people to hear it. “
The cover art, shown above, was inspired by fallen angels, they said.
“A character like Maleficent is a perfect example of that. They are not inherently evil, in fact quite the contrary. They entered this earth very innocent, leading with empathy. It is when humanity lets them down that the bitterness is starting to surface. I feel like I’m connecting to that, “the singer explained.
Plus, Stodden is hoping fans will notice another big change: their recent “makeover”.
“I kiss. For 27, I removed all of my extensions. I think eventually when I get there, I’m going to take out my implants. I’m in this whole new phase of self-acceptance and I am. really excited about this. ”