It seems like Joe Exotic won’t be married for much longer.
The controversial Netflix “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” star, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, and her husband Dillon Passage are “seeking a divorce,” Passage revealed on Instagram on Friday.
Dillon Passage, 23, shared a sunny selfie along with a long caption explaining the pressures the documentary series puts on his marriage.
“In November 2017 I met Joe, who was there for me during a difficult time in my life. After only 9 months he was arrested and, for the last two and a half years, we have been separated,” Passage began. “I have always been by his side and I will continue to love and support him.”
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“Tiger King” hit Netflix a little over a year ago, on March 20, 2020. The series was an instant huge hit, partly attributed to the start of the coronavirus pandemic that kept people at home in front of the television.
Maldonado-Passage and his former staff members became overnight sensations shortly after the self-proclaimed “King Tiger” was arrested after being convicted of participating in a murder-for-hire plot against his nemesis and enthusiast. big cats, Carole Baskin.
Although he had a limited role on the show, Passage said that with the premiere of “Tiger King,” his life “was thrown into a world of media and public attention.”
He called the increased attention “completely alien” and likened it to a “microscope constantly hovering over him”, which has continued to make him “uncomfortable.”
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He added that he has relied on his manager, Jeff Duncan, to help him navigate the situation.
“I do not feel obliged to explain to the world what is happening in my personal life and, although Joe uses social media to air every complaint, I do not think it is the healthiest way to handle private matters between two people”, Passage continued. “Therefore, I do not intend to post more on this topic. To answer the main question that the public wants to know, yes, Joe and I are seeking a divorce.”
Like many celebrity couples who get divorced, Passage said choosing to separate “was not an easy decision,” but that he and her husband “understand that this situation is not fair to either of them.”
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“It is something that neither of us expected, but we will take it day by day. We are still on good terms and I hope it continues to be that way,” he said. “I will continue to have Joe in my life and do my best to support him as he faces more legal battles to improve his situation.”
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He began to conclude by warning fans not to make assumptions about others who might be carrying “a challenge or a burden that you may not see.”
“This is as true for me as it can be for you,” he finished.