Who is Dillon Passage and is he divorcing Joe Exotic?

DILLON Passage shot to fame in 2020 as the toyboy husband of Tiger King himself Joe Exotic.

The wedding between Exotic and the 25-year-old was captured in Netflix's famed documentary, but their marriage is coming to an end. Here's what we know about Dillon…

Who is Dillon Passage?

Dillon Passage is Joe Exotic's fifth husband. Their wedding was documented in record-breaking Netflix documentary Tiger King.

The pair tied the knot in December 2017, after meeting in Joe’s Safari Bar, two miles away from the zoo.

The pair returned to the zoo together, and then-22-year-old Dillon never left.

Passage's life before meeting Joe is not very well documented, but Intelligencer reported that he was was sleeping on an air mattress at his cousin’s house before he met the charismatic zoo-owner.

Passage said during an interview for Tiger King: "His energy is just so strong, and when he proposed to me it was just something I couldn't think about."

Variety reported that Dillon was battling a prescription pill addiction.

In an interview in April 2020, Dillon said that Joe helped him “get healthy again” and get in “the right mental state”.

He added: “Joe made me feel like there was reason to be alive.”

But in January 2020, Joe was sentenced to 22 years in prison on two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records, and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.

Since his husband has been jailed, Dillon has appeared on shows such as This Morning and Good Morning Britain speaking about his husband.

Is Dillon Passage divorcing Joe Exotic?

Dillon Passage announced in an Instagram post on March 26, 2021 that him and Joe are getting a divorce.

He said: “To answer the main question the public wants to know, yes, Joe and I are seeking a divorce.” 

He added: "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."

"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."

Where is Dillon Passage now?

It seems that Passage currently lives in Florida, whilst husband Joe remains in jail.

From the look of Passage's Instagram profile, he spends much of his time on the beach (without a shirt on).

His Instagram bio reads: "Animals are cooler than people."

He is still very much an animal lover, and frequently posts pictures of two Tigers named Gimp and Godiva.

In a caption, Passage wrote: "I’ve never experienced quite the same connection as I do with these cats than I have with any other animals.

"These awesome animals may seem big and scary but if treated and cared for with respect, they’ll treat you the same."

In November 2020, Passage was arrested for driving under the influence.

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