Tiger King star Joe Exotic and his latest husband Dillon Passage are getting a divorce, the latter has confirmed.
As shown by the Netflix documentary, Dillon married Joe in late 2017, following the Tiger King's three-way marriage with John Finlay and Travis Maldonado, neither of whom identified as gay and were sleeping with female staff at the zoo.
Exotic's marriage to Passage happened just two months after Maldonado's accidental death, with the latter's mother as a witness.
One year after the airing of the documentary, Passage reveals they are seeking a separation and admits that he is struggling with the attention and scrutiny.
In a post to his Instagram account, 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...
"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."
TMZ claim that an email from Exotic to his lawyer states that the pair are "not going to get in a hurry and get a legal divorce". The former zookeeper is trying to fight his 22-year prison sentence, which he is serving after being found to have conspired to murder Carole Baskin as well as for animal abuse.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is streaming on Netflix.
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