Joe Exotic’s ex-husband claimed this week that his marriage to the Netflix star and one other man was a “faux” to assist wrangle a actuality TV present — revealing that he’s now married to a woman.
John Finlay informed the Solar that he was “younger and dumb and didn’t know a nail from a gap within the wall” at 19 when he first met the flamboyant “Tiger King” star on his first day at work at his Oklahoma massive cat zoo.
Now 37, he put their fling down to him being “impressionable” and prepared to “attempt something as soon as.”
Nonetheless, he insisted that now-infamous scenes of their 2014 three-way wedding with Travis Maldonado — all carrying garish shiny pink shirts — was simply a publicity-generating rip-off.
“The faux one was principally a publicity stunt so Joe may get his personal actuality TV sequence,” the welder insisted.
Finlay — who has had his tooth mounted since discovering fame on the present — has since minimize off contact with Unique, actual identify Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who is at the moment serving a 22-year jail sentence.
He is now married for actual after discovering his real love — a woman named Stormey, he mentioned.
“I’ve by no means felt this manner about anybody earlier than. I had no concept what it is like to marry your rock, your soulmate, the particular person you spend each minute of the day with,” he mentioned.
“Stormey completes me and we’re deeply in love,” he mentioned, revealing he wore “a button-up black Western shirt, denims and my rattlesnake boots” for his special occasion.
Finlay can always remember his time with Unique, nonetheless — as a result of he nonetheless has a number of tattoos of his identify.
He even had an inking studying “Privately Owned By Joe Unique” simply above John’s groin that he coated with an indignant bull’s head. He nonetheless has 4 others, together with “Joe” on the appropriate facet of his chest and “For My Husband, Joe” on his higher arm.
“My solely short-term aim is to get all my tattoos coated up,” he mentioned. “It helps do away with outdated recollections and I’ll really feel a lot freer when they’re gone.”
He mentioned he can be completely satisfied to participate once more in a second sequence of the present, regardless of the way in which he was beforehand portrayed.
“The one points I had have been the faux wedding and the actual fact they made me seem like a drugged-up hillbilly,” he mentioned.
However he was principally “completely satisfied to be a a part of the primary one,” saying, “I wasn’t in it for the cash. I was in it for the enjoyable.”
Unique, 58, stays within the Federal Medical Heart in Fort Price, Texas, serving 22 years for a murder-for-hire plot on his nemesis, fellow zoo proprietor Carole Baskin of Large Cat Rescue.
“Joe was judged by a jury of his friends and that’s the place I’m going to depart that. They discovered him responsible,” Finlay mentioned.
Exotic’s newest husband, Dillon Passage, introduced final month that he is additionally leaving the jailed actuality TV star.