Dillon Passage: 5 Things About The Man Divorcing ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic

Dillon Passage: 5 Things About The Man Divorcing ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic


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Jade Boren
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Who is Dillon Passage? He’s now the estranged husband of Joe Exotic, whom fans came to know on the viral Netflix docuseries ‘Tiger King.’ Learn more about the divorce and Dillon himself.

“To answer the main question the public wants to know, yes, Joe and I are seeking a divorce,” Dillon Passage announced in an Instagram post on March 26, 2021. Dillon — who was introduced to the world as Joe Exotic‘s husband on Tiger King — wrote that this “wasn’t an easy decision to make,” but they both realize that “this situation isn’t fair to either of us.” Dillon explained that he has been “apart” from Joe “for the last two and a half years.”

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Dillon explained that me met Joe (real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage) in Nov. 2017, just nine months before his ex was arrested for an alleged murder-for-hire plot. In Jan. 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. But enough about the controversial former owner of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park — learn more about Dillon:

Dillon Passage Was Featured On Tiger King

This goes without saying, but in case you missed the hit Netflix documentary from 2020, Dillon Passage was featured as Joe Exotic’s husband on the Tiger King docuseries. They tied the knot in Dec. 2017, shortly after meeting one another after had recently arrived in Oklahoma from Texas.

They met at Joe’s Safari Bar (which was located about two miles from his Oklahoma zoo), where Joe serenaded Dillon with his own country song called “This Old Town,” according to Variety. Joe then brought Dillon back to the zoo — he visited the next night, too. “Then I just never left the zoo,” Dillon told Variety.

Dillon revealed that Joe helped him “get healthy again” and get in “the right mental state” while he battled a prescription pill addiction (specifically Xanax), per Variety. “Joe made me feel like there was reason to be alive,” he told the outlet in an interview published in April 2020.

Dillon Passage & Joe Exotic Had A Big Age Difference

Pictured above is Dillon Passage’s former husband, Joe Exotic, who is currently serving time in the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Fortworth, Texas. [Netflix]Dillon is 25 years old, making him about 33 years younger than his estranged husband. Joe was born in 1963 and is now 58 years old. Dillon was only 22 years old when me met his future husband.

Dillon Passage Still ‘Stood’ By Joe Exotic After His Arrest

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Leading up to the divorce announcement, Dillon made it clear that he supported Joe amid the Tiger King star’s many controversies. “I love Joe and I’m standing by him. The photos that I post on here are a highlight reel of my life… What you don’t see are the hours that I’m alone at home, missing my husband and my friend,” Dillon wrote in an Instagram post shared in June of 2020, amid the pandemic.

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Dillon also expressed his disappointment when Donald Trump didn’t pardon Joe before leaving the White House in Jan. 2021. “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,” he wrote in a separate Instagram post shared on March 2, 2021.

If You’re Wondering Where Dillon Passage Is Now, He’s Not In Oklahoma 

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After Joe went to prison, Dillon left the zoo life behind and went on to work as a bartender in Florida. The 25-year-old is often seen hanging out by the water on his Instagram page, where he is still growing used to his immense fan base (123,000 Instagram followers as of March 2021).

“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,” Dillon admitted in the caption of his divorce announcement in March 2021.

Dillon Passage Briefly Went To College In Texas

Before meeting Joe, there was a period of time where Dillon studied psychology and criminal justice at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Tiger King

Jay-Z – Marcy Me

Live from Bedford-Stuyvesant
The livest one representin’ BK to the fullest
Bastards duckin’ when Hov be buckin’
Chicken-heads be cluckin’

[Verse 1]
Back when ratchet was a ratchet and a vixen was a vixen
And Jam Master Jay was alive I was mixin’
Cookin’ coke in the kitchen
Back when Rodman was a Piston
Mike was losin’ to Isiah, but he soon would get his sixth one
Gave birth to my verbal imagination
Assume a virtue if you have not
Or better yet here’s a verse from Hamlet
"Lord, we know who we are
Yet we know not what we may be"
So maybe I’m the one or maybe I’m crazy
I’m from Marcy Houses, where the boys die by the thousand
Back when Pam was on Martin
Yeah, that’s where it all started
When Denzel was blottin’ carpet, I’ll pack a… nine millimeter
When Slick Rick made "Mona Lisa"
When Lisa Bonet was Beyoncé of her day, I had divas, y’all
Think I just popped up in this bitch like a fetus? Nah
Pregnant pause, give you some second thoughts
There’s room on the bandwagon, don’t abort
Marcy me

[Verse 2]
Marcy me
Streets is my artery, the vein of my existence
I’m the Gotham City heartbeat
I started in lobbies, now parley with Saudis
I’m a Sufi to goofies, I could prolly speak Farsi
That’s poetry, reek of coca leaf in my past
Came through the bushes smellin’ like roses
I need a trophy just for that
Old Brooklyn, not this new shit, shit feel like a spoof
Fat laces in your shoe, I’m talkin’ bustin’ off the roof
Hold a Uzi vertical, let the thing smoke
Y’all flirtin’ with death, I be winkin’ through the scope
Shout out to all the murderers turned murals
Plural, fuck the Federal Bureau
Shout out to Nostrand Ave., Flushing Ave., Myrtle
All the County of Kings, may your ground stay fertile
Shout out to Big Poppa, Daddy Kane, heroes
Thus concludin’ my concerto
Marcy me

[Outro: The-Dream]
Must be in the air
Oh, can’t walk away, I know, I know
Just the way I’m raised
I know, I know, I know
Oh Marcy, Marcy me
Just the way I am always gonna be
I ain’t gonna change, no
Marcy, Marcy me, just the way I am
I ain’t gonna change, no
I ain’t gonna change, no
Couldn’t change me if I wanted to
You couldn’t change me if you wanted to
I’ma take this with me to the Moon
(Como hás nome, cavaleiro?
Eu hei nome Todo o Mundo
E meu tempo…)