Marriages aren't easy at the best of times, let alone when your other half is serving 22 years in prison.
So when Netflix Tiger King star Joe Exotic and Dillon Passage announced they'd split last month, it hardly came as a surprise. But what is unusual, is that despite the break-up, the pair are set to remain married in a dramatic U-turn.
Joe, 58, married Dillon, 22,—who is 36 years his junior – back in 2017 after a whirlwind relationship. The pair started dating after meeting online but after just a short time into their married life, Joe was arrested and went on trial for his many criminal offences. He was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder-for-hire plot of Carole Baskin and animal abuse charges.
Despite their circumstances, the pair continued to work on their marriage, and Dillon helped spearhead an unsuccessful campaign to get Joe a Presidential pardon from Donald Trump, and often updated fans about him online. But at the end of March, following a scathing message from Joe on Instagram stating that Dillon ‘no longer cared about him’, Dillon announced on Instagram that he and Joe were "seeking a divorce". And now Joe has said from prison they weren’t planning to make their split official any time soon and that the pair were still very much in contact.
More from woman&home:
- Best travel pillows for every kind of trip and sleeper
- Best scented candles for a gorgeous-smelling home
- Best Kindles for digital book lovers – we help you decide which one to buy
A photo posted by on
"You know, I talk to Dillon three times a day on the telephone, and we love each other very much," he told Entertainment Tonight. "He has been out there alone for two and half years because the first six months he lived in a car because we lost our house."
The Netflix Tiger King star continued, "The guy has been through hell and he has stood by my side the entire time and we were talking about a divorce a few weeks ago so he could move on and we talked about it some more and we decided to stay married."
The docuseries star has been married four times but he actually tied the knot to five different men over the course of his life. But in detailing the reasons for the latest marriage breakdown, part of husband Dillon's lengthy post read, '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.'
A photo posted by on
While Dillon is yet to respond to Joe's claims that they are saving their marriage, Joe—who says he is suffering from ill-health in jail in Fort Worth Texas—admits he would understand if Dillon 'didn’t hang on’ for him, and added, ‘If he needs to move on I have to respect that.'
The courts found Netflix Tiger King star guilty of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for tampering and falsifying wildlife records, and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act for killing tigers and his is only towards the beginning of serving his 22-year sentence.
Selina is a Senior Celebrity Writer with more than 13 years experience in newspapers and magazines. She is currently Senior Entertainment writer for Goodto.com, womanandhome.com and Myimperfectlife.com
Before joining Future [formerly TI Media], Selina spent two years as a Showbiz Freelance Writer, worked as a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine. Selina previously spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she was awarded a O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart.
When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her getting into a spin on the ice, planning her next Mini adventure or making memories!
Hobbies for women that will spark creativity and help you discover a new passion
Try one of these exciting hobbies for women and reap the benefits for both body and mind
By Lauren Hughes •
How to keep tights up—this simple hack will stop hoisery falling down
Learn how to stop tights from falling down with this 5-second trick
By Anna Duff •
Holly Willoughby just branched out onto an incredible new career path and we're so into it
Holly Willoughby has started an epic career venture
By Caitlin Elliott •
Jean Smart brings home her fourth win at the Emmys 2021—so who is the award-winning star?
The Hacks actress has also become one of the oldest female Emmy award winners in her category
By Rylee Johnston •
Strictly's Greg Wise given condoms by his Hollywood actor wife Emma Thompson—she explains why
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Greg Wise and his wife Emma Thompson show their playful side as she gifts him condoms
By Laura Harman •
The full moon September 2021—the full harvest moon welcomes the fall and a whole lot of change
The full moon September 2021 is an opportunity for great introspection as the days grow shorter and we slip into fall
By Aoife Hanna •
Julia Bradbury reveals 'shattering' breast cancer diagnosis—'I am going to lose my breast'
Julia Bradbury has urged women to get checked after breast cancer diagnosis
By Emma Dooney •
Fall equinox 2021—what it means and the best ritual to mark this important astrological event
Fall equinox 2021 will bring an opportunity to address areas in your life which are in desperate need of balancing
By Aoife Hanna •
Weekly horoscope: 3 astrologers' predictions for Monday 20th September—Sunday 26th September
Curious to know what the week has in store for you?
By Penny Thornton •
Gillian Anderson stumped at Emmys 2021 by bizarre Margaret Thatcher question
Gillian Anderson was confused by a strange Margaret Thatcher question at this year's Emmys
By Emma Dooney •