Joe Exotic’s estranged husband Dillon Passage reveals new relationship with boyfriend named John: he ‘was my rock’
Joe Exotic’s ex-husband Dillon Passage revealed on Instagram on Thursday that he is in a new relationship with a man named John.
“Everyone, meet John,” Passage said in a social media post that included several photos of the couple, in a hot tub, cuddling, in the gym and in front of a lake.
“I planned to keep my relationship private for personal reasons, but lately I’ve been struggling to deal with the things going on in my life and John has been my rock and helped me get through it all.” , said Passage.
The latest: Joe Exotic’s ex-husband Dillon Passage (L) revealed on Instagram on Thursday that he is in a new relationship with a man named John
The Tiger King personality added: “In short, this is a message of appreciation for this special man. Thank you for being you. ‘
Passage parted ways with Exotic last March, TMZ reported, around the same time Exotic announced a dating contest when he finished his 22-year stint in prison.
Insiders told TMZ that no documents have been filed with the court to cement the separation of the three-year marriage.
Passage told the outlet that he and Exotic “are always on good terms and support each other,” adding, “We will always be in each other’s lives.”
Yearslong: The couple first married on December 11, 2017
Passage said of her new boyfriend: “John was my rock and got me through it all”
In March, Passage detailed the split in a social media post, saying, “To answer the number one question the public wants to know, yes, Joe and I are asking for a divorce.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but Joe and I both understand that this situation isn’t right for either of us. This is something neither of us expected, but we are going to take it day by day.
Passage said he “would continue to have Joe in [his] life and do [his] better to support him while he endures other legal battles to improve his situation.
The couple first married on December 11, 2017, months after Exotic’s ex-partner Travis Maldonado passed away after accidentally shooting himself on October 6, 2017.
Pumping: Passage shared a photo of him and John working out
Exotic, 58, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who was sentenced in January 2020 in his native Oklahoma to 22 years in custody in connection with a conspiracy to murder for pay in 2017 of his commercial rival Carole Baskin.
Authorities said Exotic in December 2017 attempted to bribe an FBI agent to kill him.
Exotic has also been convicted of numerous wildlife law violations in the deaths of five tigers and endangered species law violations.
He quickly rose to prominence during his incarceration when the popular Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness was released.