Courtney Stodden, Doug Hutchison: 'We Are A Normal Couple'

10/03/2012 06:03 pm ET | Updated Oct 04, 2012

Courtney Stodden, 18, and Doug Hutchison, 52, famous for their controversial marriage, open up about their life together on VH1's "Couples Therapy." And they hope the experience of shooting the show has made their relationship stronger.

“We decided to go on the show for the elephant in the room,” Hutchison said. “Courtney and I have this vast age difference and we were interested in exploring that because at times, like any couple with stumbling blocks, we found this surfacing.”

Stodden said she agrees: “One of our main problems is communication and that’s a big factor in marriage and relationships.”

The couple has been under constant scrutiny since they said "I do," with accusations thrown at them, including questions about how genuine their relationship actually is.

“Some of the misconception are Courtney and I are not in love. That we couldn’t possibly be in love, that we are fame whores doing this for the publicity. And quite frankly that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Hutchison said. “Courtney and I are so deeply in love, it's crazy. After the show, we even became closer.”

Surprisingly, both say all the negative attention doesn’t bother them, insisting they are just like every other married couple.

“I don’t focus on the negative stuff people say; I’m a positive person,” Stodden said. “For other people not so strong, it could be hurtful, but for me, I like to remain positive. So it’s not hurtful. It doesn’t really matter what anyone says.”

“Sticks and stones can break our bones. People are welcome to their opinions. It doesn’t affect us at all. I’m surprised people focus on the negative,” Hutchison added. “We are a normal family.”

"Couples Therapy" airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on VH1.

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