The drama still continues for Joe Exotic even from prison. It’s been confirmed that he and his husband Dillon Passage are getting divorced.

Exotic first met Dillon in 2017.

Apparently,  Joe found out the marriage was over on a phone call in prison. He’s currently serving a 22-year sentence for plotting to murder Carole Baskin alongside other offences.

Dillon is only 25-years-old to Exotic’s 58. He’s previously posted troubled social media captions, after Exotic ranted on Twitter about his behaviour. Joe previously accused Dillon of ‘abandoning’ him in prison.

“Incredibly Uncomfortable”

Dillon has confirmed the news on Instagram. He wrote: “In November of 2017 I met Joe who was there for me during a difficult time in my life.

“After just 9 short months he was arrested and, for the last two and a half years, we have been apart. I’ve always stood by his side and will continue to always love and support him.

“When Tiger King was released on Netflix a year ago, my life was thrown into a world of media and public attention. Something that was completely foreign to me.

“I felt as if I had a microscope constantly looming over me which was and still is incredibly uncomfortable.”

“With everyone pulling me in different directions, I found my manager @jefftduncan who, despite Joe’s recent social media tirades against, has always acted in my best interest and helped me navigate the complexity of the new situation I found myself in.”

“Private Matters”

“I don’t feel obligated to explain to the world what occurs in my personal life and, despite Joe taking to social media to air every grievance, I don’t feel it’s the healthiest way to handle private matters between two people. I therefore don’t intend to post any more on this subject.”

“To answer the main question the public wants to know, yes, Joe and I are seeking a divorce. This wasn’t an easy decision to make but Joe and I both understand that this situation isn’t fair to either of us.”

“It’s something that neither of us were expecting but we are going to take it day by day. We are on good terms still and I hope it can stay that way. I will continue to have Joe in my life and do my best to support him while he undergoes further legal battles to better his situation.”

“Like I said in my last post, be careful of the assumptions you place on others. Everyone carries a challenge or burden you may not see. This is as true for me as it may be for you”.

Joe’s Response

According to TMZ, Joe’s lawyer Francisco Hernandez says Exotic is heartbroken.

Lawyer John M. Phillips is reviewing options regarding separation and divorce. He posted: “We have no comment at this time and request privacy.”

He continued: “Joe is simultaneously dealing with medical issues, civil rights violations and the appeal of his conviction.

“The world has come to know Joe Exotic as the bigger than life ‘Tiger King,’ but right now he is dealing with the very real hardships and injustices within our criminal justice systems and how it destroys all things a person on the outside holds dear.”


It was recently revealed that Louis Theroux is returning to the Tiger King story, as he did a documentary years ago with Joe Exotic about dangerous pets.

He found he has many hours of archive footage to use and an untold story.

The name of the documentary is Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic.

Louis Theroux has finally met Carole Baskin too from the looks of it, and we can’t wait to see what else he uncovers from their weird and wonderful world.

Are you surprised about the divorce?

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