Tiger King’s Joe Exotic and husband Dillon Passage are divorcing after over three years of marriage.

By McKenna Aiello

Joe Exotic and Dillon Passage are ending their marriage after more than three years together.

Dillon broke the news on Friday, March 26 in an Instagram statement, saying he plans to “always love and support” the Tiger King star as he remains behind bars for orchestrating an attempted murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin and violating wildlife protection laws.

Tiger King’s Joe Exotic and husband Dillon Passage set to divorce after split (Image: Getty/Instagram)

Joe and Dillon’s relationship was featured in last year’s stranger-than-fiction Netflix docuseries that has since inspired multiple scripted series. Dillon is his fourth husband.

“In November of 2017 I met Joe who was there for me during a difficult time in my life,” the 22-year-old shared on social media. “After just 9 short months he was arrested and, for the last two and a half years, we have been apart.”

It’s over: Tiger King star Joe Exotic and husband of three-years Dillon Passage are getting a divorce after Passage dumped the Netflix persona over the phone while Exotic continues to serve out his prison sentence

This separation, coupled with Dillon’s sudden and “completely foreign” exposure to the limelight, put a strain on their relationship.

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

Joe spoke out against his husband earlier this month via an angry tweet that accused Dillon of neglecting him.

He wrote: ‘Money destroyed my entire family. I won’t allow it to kill my soul. You win, Dillon, [Dillon’s manageer] Jeff Duncan, Carole [Baskin.]’ 

He also made mention of his late husband Maldonado, writing: ‘Come March 22nd for Travis’s Birthday I am going to keep his promise I made the day he died. I don’t need the fame, the money or the bulls***, you can have it all…’ 

The ex zoo operator wrote in another tweet: ‘…It’s pretty sad to be in prison and still mean f***ing nothing that ya can’t even answer a phone. I see where I stand. #justiceforjoeexotic #tigerking.’ 

Dillon took to Instagram with a lengthy statement in response, which he posted with a photo of himself and his dogs.

He wrote: ‘I wanted to get a post up to address Joe’s recent activity on social media. He and I, like everyone in any relationship, go through their ups and downs. This is magnified by the fact that our relationship is very public and the fact that one of his only outlets is social media. 

‘Unfortunately it isn’t the healthiest place to deal with personal affairs and not how I normally handle my relationship challenges. 

‘Joe is obviously having a difficult time in prison and I don’t think any of us can fault him for that. I’ve never spoken poorly of Joe, through the ups and the downs and through his good and his bad. I see through all of this and recognize and realize it for what it is; a man in prison just trying to do his best.’

The Florida bartender added: ‘The presidential pardon we were all waiting for never came and our hopes were dashed. I remain in support of Joe and want to be there for him. At 25, I also need to make sure I’m healthy, both body and mind. I know even though Joe may rant, he wants the best for me as I do for him. I am certain he wants me to lead a full life as all of you do for the people you love.

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