Courtney Stodden is opening up about her split from Doug Hutchison.

For the first time since announcing their breakup, the 19-year-old blond "Teen Bride" sits down to talk about her separation from the Green Mile actor during an exclusive TV interview with E! News.

Stodden explains why she decided to call it quits after being married for nearly three years to a man she once referred to as her soul mate. In this exclusive sneak peek from the interview, Courtney says, "I want to be free and embrace my independence and not neglect my youth."

The controversial couple revealed their split on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and also shared that they're opting to share joint custody of their dog, Dourtney.

The reality star's rep released a statement saying, "After two and a half years of marriage, Courtney and Doug have decided to become legally separated. This is a mutual and amicable decision that they're making together," and made note that their 34-year age gap had something to do with their separation.

"As you know, Courtney was married at a young age. Now, at nineteen, she's interested in exploring life as an unmarried single young adult—with the freedom to explore her independence."

The duo also expressed their gratitude for one another by saying, "We love each other very much, want for each other's happiness, and will continue being the best of friends for life."

Courtney and Doug initially landed in headlines (and hot water) after the blond star, who was 16 years old at the time, wed the 51-year-old actor in June 2011.

Make sure to tune in to E! News for the complete sit-down interview tonight at 7 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.

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