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Tiger King’s Joe Exotic Files for Divorce From Dillon Passage


Joe Unique with Dillon Passage insetted.
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Transferring on. Joe Unique formally filed for divorce from Dillon Passage one yr after placing their cut up on pause.

The 59-year-old Tiger King star (whose actual title is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage) submitted paperwork to a Florida courthouse on Thursday, March 31, submitting to finish the pair’s four-year marriage.

Maldonado-Passage claimed in courtroom paperwork obtained by Us Weekly that the estranged couple’s union is “irretrievably damaged,” prompting his request for a dissolution of marriage.

The Kansas native — who’s at the moment serving a 21-year jail sentence for animal abuse and tried homicide for rent — is in search of “momentary, rehabilitative, durational, bridge-the-gap, and lump sum alimony” to assist him keep the usual of residing he had throughout his marriage to Passage, 26, per the docs.

Maldonado-Passage requested the courtroom to revive his former title again to Joseph Allen Maldonado and desires his estranged husband to pay his authorized charges.

The previous Better Wynnewood Unique Animal Park proprietor and Passage tied the knot in December 2017, and their relationship was featured on Netflix’s docuseries, which debuted in early 2020. They introduced their preliminary cut up in March 2021 after three years collectively.

“Dillon thinks having to sleep alone and never have me out there may be so tough and arduous to cope with to the purpose he has to depart me,” Maldonado-Passage wrote through Instagram on the time. “Now I don’t actually have a residence.”

He claimed that Passage had “deserted” him “simply to have another person to sleep with and name a lover, whereas the person who gave up paying for his personal protection so his husband may dwell some form of pleasurable life whereas he lives by way of hell.”

Passage, for his half, addressed the cut up together with his personal social media publish, writing, “To reply the primary query the general public needs to know, sure, Joe and I are in search of a divorce. This wasn’t a straightforward resolution to make however Joe and I each perceive that this example isn’t truthful to both of us.”

At some point later, Maldonado-Passage’s lawyer Francisco Hernandez confirmed to Us that the duo had determined to place their divorce on maintain. The truth stars spoke on the cellphone and selected to “keep married proper now so issues don’t get sophisticated,” Hernandez instructed Us in March 2021.

Maldonado-Passage’s authorized group confirmed in a press release to Us on Thursday that former Oklahoma resident “did not serve” Passage with divorce papers final yr amid their transient talks of parting methods.

Maldonado-Passage has since retained Autumn Beck Blackledge, Pensacola Household Legal professional, to legally pursue the divorce. “Joe ‘Unique’ has tried to acquire details about Mr. Passage and his whereabouts in order that the 2 may enter into what he hopes to be an amicable divorce, however up to now, his makes an attempt to get Mr. Passage to contact him have failed,” the legal professional claimed within the assertion. “It’s the hope of the Tiger King that they’ll each transfer on with their lives and divorce shortly and amicably.”

With reporting by Diana Cooper

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