Courtney Stodden is ready to ''explore life'' now her marriage is over.

The 19-year-old model-and-actress and her 53-year-old husband Doug Hutchinson have confirmed reports they have separated, apparently due to the blonde starlet's young age.

Their representatives said in a statement to MailOnline: ''After two and a half years of marriage, Courtney and Doug have decided to become legally separated.

''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.''

However, despite the split, the couple have vowed to remain ''best friends'' and will continue to live together, with 'The Green Mile' actor managing his estranged wife's career, along with her mother Krista.

The statement continued: ''Doug supports Courtney 100 per cent. The two will share custody of their precious pup, Dourtney, remain living in the same house [for now] in separate bedrooms, and Doug will be co-managing Courtney's career.''

The pair added: ''We love each other very much, want for each other's happiness, and will continue being the best of friends for life.''

The couple began an online relationship when the aspiring actress enrolled in an class taught by the veteran movie star and have stated they ''fell in love'' before meeting.

The pair then embarked on relationship and married in May 2011 when Courtney was just 16 years old and Doug was 51, after he received permission from her parents.