He’s currently in prison serving a reduced sentence of 21 years following his conviction for trying to hire two different men to kill animal welfare activist Carole Baskin.
And Tiger King star Joe Exotic, real name, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, 59, has revealed he has split from his fellow inmate fiancé John Graham.
Joe took to Instagram in a now deleted post to reveal his love had decided to end his romance with him, after John was released from federal prison in Texas.
It’s all going on! Tiger King star Joe Exotic revealed he has split from his prison fiancé John Graham and got back with former flame Seth Posey – who he has never met due to being incarcerated
John and Joe fell in love after they met in February 2021 while both were serving prison time at FMC Forth Worth in Texas but it’s sadly all over.
But harboring no ill-feelings, Joe revealed that he had decided to patch things up with his ex, Seth Posey, saying that he had always stood by him.
Joe had first revealed he was in a relationship with Seth during an interview in Tiger King 2 but they parted ways in November before getting back together.
He described his then lover as a ‘drop f***ing dead gorgeous’ man living in Arkansas.
Prison romance: John (pictured) and Joe fell in love after they met in February 2021 while both were serving prison time at FMC Forth Worth in Texas but have gone their separate ways
Joe added at the time; ‘I’ve never met Seth, but we talk 15 times a day, and we have a pretty strong connection.’
It’s quite the turnaround for Joe who had been busy planning a wedding to John.
Back in April, he ordered custom $11,500 all-white tuxedos for himself and John Graham ahead of their prison wedding.
According to TMZ, he had tapped Odain Watson of the brand Odaingerous to design the tuxedos, which were going to be handcrafted in Italy.
The media outlet reported that each tuxedo will feature a custom silk tiger print lining.
The process of creating the tuxedos was set to take about four to six weeks.
Back on! Joe had said he was dating Seth, who he had never met, in Tiger King 2 – but they parted ways back in November, before getting back together
But as Odain was not able to take the incarcerated television personality’s measurements in person, he was using a model of similar weight and height.
The latest news comes after another one of Joe Exotic’s exes Dillon Passage filed for a prenuptial agreement in May in his ongoing divorce from Joe.
However, an attorney for the Tiger King personality said she believed it had been filed under fraudulent circumstances.
Exotic’s attorney Autumn Blackledge told TMZ that the zookeeper never signed an official document in the agreement, which would separate the assets each party brought in before and after the marriage.
Blackledge told the outlet she believes Passage filed the prenup in an effort to stretch out the divorce proceedings to capitalize off his former relationship with Exotic who filed for the split in March.
The latest: Joe’s estranged husband, Dillon Passage, filed for a prenuptial agreement in May in his divorce from the Tiger King personality, which an attorney for Exotic said she believed to be under fraudulent circumstances
Blackledge said Passage has sold many of Exotic’s belongings during his imprisonment, and has yet to visit Exotic while he’s in custody.
In the prenuptial agreement documents reviewed by TMZ, Blackledge said that Exotic owes more than $100 million with assets of $65,000, while annually making $7,800.
Passage has assets of $20,110 with around $20,000 in student loan debt, according to the prenuptial agreement documents.
Blackledge said that Passage has profited more than $1 million from Tiger King following its 2020 debut and the notoriety it gained.
All over: Passage and Exotic initially tied the knot December 11, 2017, months Exotic’s previous spouse Travis Maldonado died after accidentally shooting himself
Parastoo Majd, an attorney for Passage, told the outlet that ‘the prenuptial agreement was entered into legally by both parties and I will have a full statement after the holiday weekend.’
Passage and Exotic initially tied the knot December 11, 2017, months after Exotic’s previous spouse Travis Maldonado died after accidentally shooting himself October 6, 2017.
Exotic was sentenced in January 2020 in his native Oklahoma to 22 years in custody in connection with a 2017 murder-for-hire plot of his business rival Carole Baskin, numerous wildlife law violations in the deaths of five tigers, and infractions of the Endangered Species Act. Earlier this year, his sentence was reduced to 21 years after an appeal citing court errors.
Passage last year revealed in an Instagram post that he and Exotic had been ‘seeking a divorce’ amid the situation.
‘This wasn’t an easy decision to make but Joe and I both understand that this situation isn’t fair to either of us,’ Passage said in March of 2021. ‘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.
Exotic’s lawyer said Passage has sold many of Exotic’s belongings during his imprisonment, and has yet to visit Exotic while he’s in custody