Joe Exotic: ‘Tiger King’ star eager to marry man he met behind bars

TMZ reports that Joe Exotic is ready to divorce his estranged husband Dillon Passage so he can marry a man he met behind bars. The man that caught Joe’s eye is John Graham.

The pair met in February 2021 when they were both locked up at FMC Fort Worth Texas. They are reportedly still together even though Graham is no longer behind bars. Graham was reportedly arrested for burglary and possession of a firearm. So, he was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in 2012.

Joe was previously married to Travis Maldonado. Maldonado tragically passed away in a self-inflicted accidental shooting. The Tiger King star then married Passage in December 2017 in Davis, Okla. The couple have, however, been estranged for a year.


Passage announced that he and Joe were going their separate ways in March 2021 via an Instagram post.

“This wasn’t an easy decision to make but Joe and I both understand that this situation isn’t fair to either of us,” he shared.

He then shared a few snaps with his new bae in July 2021. Take a look…

“Everyone, meet John 👋 I’ve planned on keeping my relationship private for personal reasons but lately I’ve been having a hard time dealing with things happening in my life and John has been my rock and helping me get through it all. In short, this is an appreciation post for this special special man. Thank you for being you ❤,” he wrote.


Joe is currently serving a 21 year sentence for a murder-for-hire case involving animal welfare activist Carole Baskin. The pair were arch enemies as seen in the Netflix documentary Tiger King. 

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