Since the Netflix documentary series “Tiger King” went viral, some of its stars have been honored, including John Finlay, who was briefly married to Joe Exotic, aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage.
On the show, Finlay talked about his addiction to methamphetamine and how he felt lost for several years. But now Finlay is clean and sober.
” The [Netflix documentary] made me look like a drugged mountaineer, “he told People magazine. “But by the time I did, I had been clean for five years. I’m six years old now. “
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Finlay and Maldonado-Passage married in 2014 in a very unconventional tripartite union with another man, Travis Maldonado. They all lived together at the Exotic Big Cat Zoo in Wynnewood, Okla.
Finlay left the relationship and the zoo behind and is now engaged to a woman. And he wants to start a new career as a motivational speaker who helps others overcome addiction.
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“I want to work with young people on drugs and abuse,” he said. “It’s time for me to take a negative and turn it into a positive.
“I used to have a lot of repressed negative thoughts and a bad aura on me. I just stopped thinking about the past and the negative things that were happening to me, “added Finlay.
He hopes his story can be a lesson for others.
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“It’s time to really think about the kids and my future and all that and use this thing for something good, not just to be” Hey, I have personal gain now. It’s all about me, “said Finlay.” It’s not all about me. It’s also about others. “
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” is available on Netflix.