I’ve got a sore throat and earache – should I worry? Dr Hilary answers your coronavirus questions – The Sun

AS we come to the end of our second week in lockdown, many of you may be struggling with being cut off from the outside world. It can be hard knowing how best to protect yourself and your loved ones against coronavirus as it continues to spread.

But Dr Hilary Jones – Health Editor for ITV’s Good Morning Britain – is here to answer YOUR concerns. We have already received more than 9,000 questions so far. Emma Pietras brings you the much-respected doctor’s answers to your dilemmas on how to help care for loved ones and look after your own health.

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Q. I keep getting a sore throat and earache. I’ve had breast cancer. Should I worry?

A. These symptoms are very common with the normal types of cold and flu viruses and are not typical of the symptoms of Covid-19.

Even though you have had breast cancer, there is no reason to believe your immune system is not now as strong as anybody else’s.

Take paracetamol and throat lozenges — and try not to worry too much.

Q. I have been self-isolating for ten days. If I still have a weird taste in my mouth and a sore throat, do I need to be concerned about going out next week, when my 14 days of self-isolation are over?

A. You should continue to self- isolate.

Guidance says that if you feel well but only have a cough after 14 days, you can safely resume normal activities.

But if you have ongoing symptoms, it would be sensible to extend your self-isolation.

Q. My daughter is 32 weeks pregnant and her father-in-law is in an induced coma after testing positive for coronavirus. Can she and her husband get tested? They don’t live with him but they have delivered food.

A. Unfortunately not.

Tests are in short supply and are reserved for patients in respiratory failure being admitted to hospital as well as for the healthcare professionals who are treating them.

The good news? There is no evidence that even if your daughter has been exposed to the virus that she would be more at risk than anyone else, or that the virus can be transmitted to the unborn baby.

Q. My daughter has psoriasis and she recently stopped taking her immunosuppressants on the advice of her dermatologist. Is it possible that she would get more severe coronavirus symptoms because of her overactive immune system and, if so, is she better off on immunosuppressants?

A. Your daughter is better off not taking immunosuppressants, as there is a theoretical risk this could reduce her response to the virus if she is exposed to it.

Her skin condition can be treated with alternative topical medications which will not render her more at risk of the virus than anyone else.

Q. I am having a kidney stone operation next week. Should I self-isolate for seven days when home?

A. No, you should not need to self-isolate.

If the op goes ahead, you will be kept well away from areas where Covid-19 patients are being treated.

So unless you develop symptoms, you do not need to self isolate.

Q. I had a stroke six years ago. Am I at a higher risk?

A. If you have made a full recovery, you are not more risk.

However, if you have any remaining disability which is affecting your breathing or mobility, you should take extra care, remain at home and practise physical distancing.

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Q. I am 65 and would like to go out on my bike. Can I sit on a public park bench for a breather and be safe?

A. Yes, you should certainly enjoy a bike ride, as we are encouraging people to take one form of exercise every day.

Avoid going out in groups with other people.

Relax on a public park bench but remember to use hand sanitiser afterwards and to wash your hands once you get back home.

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Barcelona want Neymar AND Lautaro Martinez in stunning £250m double transfer to link up with Lionel Messi next season – The Sun

BARCELONA want to sign Lautaro Martinez AND Neymar in the summer as they seek to strengthen for next season, according to reports.

The global coronavirus pandemic has caused much financial uncertainty in football.

But according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are bullish over their summer spending power – insisting that they will still be able to operate as planned.

Lionel Messi confirmed earlier this week that first-team stars at the Camp Nou will take a temporary 70 per cent pay cut during the crisis – as well as helping to pay the full salaries of non-playing staff at the club.

This measure has significantly helped to ease the strain on Barcelona's finances – and they believe this could help them stay ahead of their rivals in the transfer market.

While Lautaro Martinez is more of a priority tactically, Neymar remains a key target for the club strategically.

The Brazilian is believed to be willing to accept his old salary of around £22million-a-year in Catalonia – a decrease on the £31.7million he pockets in Paris.

And with two years left on his bumper PSG contract, Barcelona could seal his return for around £150million.

He has performed well for the Ligue 1 champions when fit – scoring 69 goals and assisting a further 39 in 80 appearances for the club he controversially joined in 2017.

But injuries have blighted his stay at the Parc des Princes – and he has ultimately failed to deliver them the Champions League glory that their Qatari owners so crave.

Martinez is also highly sought-after, with Chelsea having been linked with the Inter Milan striker.

The 22-year-old is believed to have a clause in his contract that could see him depart for £100million – if triggered between July 1 and July 15 this summer.

While the Blues' interest is solid, the allure of linking up with compatriot Messi in LaLiga would be too strong for Martinez to turn down.

The Argentine has scored 16 goals for Inter this season, as Antonio Conte's side have fought to challenge Juventus at the top of Serie A.

In the Spanish top flight, only three non-EU players can be registered to play.

Quique Setien's side currently have Brazilian Arthur Melo and Chilean Arturo Vidal occupying two of the three slots – with Vidal the more likely to make way to accommodate a new arrival.

Also on their way out after brief stays could be forwards Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite.

The Frenchman had been targeted for a long time when he finally made his move from Atletico Madrid last year.

But he has only managed eight league goals since, struggling to justify his £105million price-tag.

The signing of Braithwaite, on the other hand, was always going to be a temporary measure.

The Dane arrived from Leganes in February after Barcelona were given special permission by LaLiga following the long-term injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

But the former Middlesbrough forward isn't expected to feature in the club's plans moving forward.

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Man, 44, and woman, 56, found stabbed to death in London home as six arrested – The Sun

A MAN and woman were stabbed to death in south London in a broad daylight attack today.

Cops were called to a home in Stockwell at around 4pm and found two people with "multiple stab injuries".

Medics tried to save the pair but the 44-year-old man and 56-year-old woman were pronounced dead.

Officers had raced to the property after concerns for the welfare of a man were reported.

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of murder, with all in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard said: “I understand that this is an extremely shocking incident for the residents of this area and the wider community.

"The investigation is at a very early stage but my team and I are working hard to establish the full circumstances that led up to this tragic incident.

"If anybody has any information that could help our investigation please do get in contact.”

Lambeth councillor Mohammed Seedat tweeted: "We are working with @LambethMPS to ascertain circumstances of 2 people murdered in the Stockwell area of Lambeth.

"Colleagues tried to save life but were unsuccessful. #COVID19 unfortunately bringing out the worst behaviours of humanity as well as the best. Stay indoors, stay safe."

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It comes after a man in his 30's was found stabbed in Walthamstow yesterday evening.

Medics raced to the scene in Alexandra Road but the victim died shortly afterwards.

He hasn't been identified yet and is thought to be in his 30's.

Cops are working to name the man and tell his next of kin.

A man in his 20's was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into police custody.

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The pain and doubt WWE’s Rhea Ripley conquered to reach WrestleMania 36

Rhea Ripley draws strength from her scars.

When the NXT women’s champion was younger she used to cut herself. She said it was a means to cope with being bullied and dealing with those around her mocking her intelligence, body and dream to be a wrestler.

Some of those small scars from a “very dark” time in her life are still visible on her wrist and thighs. They serve a different purpose now as the 23-year-old Australian and first ever WWE UK women’s champion continues her rise in the company.

“I still feel myself slipping there from time to time, but I find that if I do look at the scars that I have from that time it helps me to remind myself that I’ve been through all of this and I was able to overcome it,” Ripley said in a phone interview. “And I think that that’s really special in the way that I know that I can keep going and keep doing what I love and I have people in my life that are going to help me overcome whatever I need to overcome at that point in time. … I have fans there for me and I’m legitimately working the job I dreamt about since being a child and I have to remember that sometimes.”

Ripley is defending her championship against Charlotte Flair at the two-day WrestleMania 36 on April 4 and 5 (7 p.m., WWE Network, Fox Sports App). It will be the first time an NXT title will appear on the show. She was told at an early age she’d never get to WWE, let alone this prominent position.

The doubts came from friends and family, calling it “silly” and telling her to take up karate. Her mom eventually came around and was very supportive of Ripley’s dream that started with seeing a match between Ric Flair and Triple H and has taken her all the way to WWE’s biggest show — continuing to “prove people wrong.”

“To be knowing that I’m going to WrestleMania 36 to face Charlotte Flair and put my NXT championship on the line is just absolutely insane,” she said. “I’m so, so excited. Man, I’m going to be in tears afterward. I know it.”

Her journey there wasn’t easy.

Ripley tried out for WWE at age 17 and went to Japan after being told to come back when she was 21. Ripley sported long blonde hair and a completely different persona in the first Mae Young Classic tournament in 2017. She decided to finally put on screen a version of Rhea Ripley more true to herself for her second go in the tournament a year later. Her hair, ring attire and attitude all changed, making way for the tough-talking, leather-wearing, punk-rock-loving wrestler we see today.

“It was like, I’m gonna do me,” said Ripley, who called out Flair after beating Shayna Baszler for the NXT title in December. “You guys can tell me to do this, but I’m going to do this [instead].”

Another thing she needed to get past was doing promos. They weren’t easy for her. Ripley grew up fearing public speaking, saying “my palms just get like sweaty and I get dry mouth and I forget how to talk and forget how to read.” She remembers her classmates mumbling to each other as she struggled before the laughing began.

“It’s still terrifying [today],” Ripley said. “It’s still absolutely terrifying.”

She credits her time at WWE’s Performance Center, practicing her craft, as helping her move past those fears. Ripley has learned how to stay in control when in front of a crowd.

“Because I talk too fast and I start stuffing up my words, I start mumbling and stuttering,” she said. “I just have to remember to slow down.”

One thing she’s said WWE won’t let her change about her look is getting tattoos on her upper body. Ripley, however, has plenty of ideas on what she’d want to get, including arm sleeves and tattoos on her stomach, back and “under-boob.”

“One day,” she said. “One day they’ll let me. I’m working on it.”

Even with all her success, the negativity around her hasn’t gone away. Ripley, who doesn’t shy away from reading what’s being said about her on the internet and social media, said she gets “picked on” daily and doesn’t understand where the hate comes from. Her focus, however, is showing people that it’s OK to be different and true to yourself.

“Especially being a punk and all that, I love my look and I don’t care if someone doesn’t like it,” she said. “I really couldn’t care less because I know that I’m being me and that’s what I’m trying to put forward. I’m trying to put forward that everyone should be comfortable in their own skin and they should be happy being themselves.”

It’s what makes Flair the ideal opponent for her character at WrestleMania. Flair’s persona is the epitome of glitz and glamour, and brings the perception of preferential treatment because of her last name. Both women are confident and comfortable in who they are just in different ways.

“We just clash really, really well,” Ripley said.

Ripley, who was in a boot for last year’s WrestleMania after getting injured, said she is “bummed” that her first time on the show won’t be in front of 80,000-plus people. WWE had to move the event from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and other closed sets with only essential personnel to adhere to the CDC’s guidelines as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s “still a massive deal” to her because she knows people will be watching at home. She wants to entertain and believes WWE is doing what it can to provide a safe environment for those involved in WrestleMania 36.

“We are definitely taking every precaution that is necessary because we don’t want anyone getting sick, but we also want to entertain everyone while they’re stuck at home,” Ripley said.

The biggest thing she misses is going to the gym because the ones where she lives in Orlando are closed because of the coronavirus. She and her boyfriend bought as much home-gym equipment as they could and are trying to work out outside as safely as they can – even on the tennis court of their apartment complex.

“We’ve been going there and doing stuff or we’ve been going to the park and kicking the soccer ball around while staying far away from people because 10 is a crowd at this time,” Ripley said. “But we’ve just been trying to do anything we can, like park gyms. We wipe them down and they’re good to use, but it’s been difficult for sure.”

It all part of Ripley preparing for a WrestleMania moment she thought was possible, even when many others didn’t. Nothing is going to keep her from enjoying it.

“I’m shocked and surprised that I’ll be the first to defend an NXT championship at WrestleMania, but man that’s just history in the making,” Ripley said. “That’s what I want to do. I want to make history.”

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Kristen Bell admits she and husband Dax Shepard are ‘at each other’s throats’ fighting in isolation – The Sun

KRISTIN Bell has revealed that her and husband Dax Shepard are "at each other's throats" fighting in isolation together.

The Good Place actress, 30, made the confession as she described what it's been like to be holed up together during the "safer at home" order.

Kristen and Dax didn't hold back as they joined Katie Couric for an Instagram Live session.

Asked how they are doing during the coronavirus crisis, Dax said: "We're getting along good with the kids and we're getting along good with adults we're friends with… This has been stressful for mom and dad."

Kristen then quipped: "We've been at each other's throats real bad, real bad, oh yeah."

The pair were sat next to each other in the video which Dax pointed out was "as physically close as we've been in a couple of days".


He then joked: "America's sweetheart has some character defects… just want to let you know."

The pair have been together since 2007.

They announced their engagement in 2010 before marrying in 2013.

They have two young daughters – Lincoln, seven, and Delta, five.

Meanwhile, last week it was reported how Kristen and Dax had shown huge compassion by letting her tenants live rent-free during the coronavirus crisis .

The couple own a portfolio of homes across America and have said they are willing to let their profits slip during the pandemic.

According to TMZ the couple's business Pringus Property LLC, which owns two residential buildings, sent an email to tenants which the website claims gave them the "good news."

It is also said to have expressed "empathy and encouragement."

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Ant and Dec hit with 29 Ofcom complaints after Saturday Night Takeaway ‘infect the human scum’ joke – The Sun

ANT And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has been hit with 29 Ofcom complaints over a skit in which humans were infected with an alien virus.

Part five of the Men In Brown sketch saw Paul Hollywood, whose body had been taken over by an alien, reveal that he had the "Universal Collider" and could now infect the whole world.

"Now we have the Universal Collider we can open up portal zero-zero and give the whole world the squits," he laughed.

Later, after Amanda Holden was infected, she intoned: "Infect the human scum."

But some viewers at home were not impressed, believing it to be insensitive during a time when the entire world is battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Television watchdog Ofcom confirmed that they received a total of 29 complaints, including 22 relating to the Men In Brown sketch.




Scenes of people licking their fingers and the perceived treatment of Ant's dog Hurley made up the other seven complaints.

"We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate," an Ofcom spokesperson told Metro.co.uk.

The ITV variety show usually records live with a studio audience but the ongoing pandemic has forced the show bosses and hosts Ant and Dec to come up with new and creative ways of filming.

Last weekend's episode was partly pre-recorded with the Geordie duo presenting from their individual homes via split-screen.



The coronvavirus pandemic has forced channels to halt production on TV's biggest shows.

Last Saturday Ant and Dec's show made history by going ahead without a studio audience; it received record viewers of 11million as households across the country tuned in for one of the last remaining live telly shows on the box.

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen to 1,829 while it was revealed Prince William is hoping to join the fight against coronavirus, piloting air ambulances.

He said he wants to "do his bit" on the frontline; the heir to the throne, 37, spent two years flying medics to emergencies in the armed forces before stepping down in 2017.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Leads: Where Are They Now?

While some roses stand the test of time, others wilt before the Neil Lane engagement ring can be resized.

The Bachelor premiered on ABC in March 2002 with Alex Michel dubbed the world’s most eligible Bachelor. More than 20 women competed for his heart and one of the most successful reality TV franchises was born. The following year, The Bachelorette debuted. Since the show’s initial premiere in 2002, 38 men and women have been named the Bachelor or Bachelorette. (Brad Womack remains the only star to lead the series more than once!)

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The 8 tips to sleep better and beat coronavirus insomnia – The Sun

FROM the constant scroll of coronavirus news updates to the fear of empty supermarket shelves – many people are currently plagued with insomnia.

And it's not surprising, given the uncertainty surrounding the unprecedented situation we're currently in and the fact our lives have dramatically changed.

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However, a night of tossing and turning can not only leave you feeling sluggish and bleary-eyed – but, in the long run, it can impact on your physical, mental and emotional health too.

And while there is currently no life hack that stops you from getting coronavirus, we do know that sleep is essential in helping our bodies stay healthy.

This is why, more than ever, we all start making a few changes to make sure we're at our top form each day as we face another day in lockdown.

Here, we take you through some of our top tips to help you drift off into the land of nod and beat coronavirus insomnia…

1. Ditch your phone

Many of us will be glued to our phones at the moment – whether it's to keep up to date with the latest coronavirus news or to stay in touch with our friends and family during lockdown.

However, phones or tablets that emit blue light have been shown to disrupt melatonin levels – the hormone that regulates our sleep/wake cycle.

This is not just to get a good night's kip – studies show a connection between overuse of phones and depression and anxiety.

She says: "Information overload and constant connection can negatively impact your mood.

"While it might be tempting to cuddle up with your iPad at the moment, make sure you allow your brain to switch off in the evenings.

"Avoid social media accounts and emails for 90 minutes before bedtime. Instead read a book, listen to relaxing music and have a bath using relaxing essential oils.

"A regular wind down routine like this will reduce feelings of anxiety and allow your mind to relax; making sure you get a good night’s sleep and preparing you for the day ahead."

2. Stay cool

You might feel like having a warm, cosy house is one of the only comforts at the moment – but this can actually disrupt sleep.

This is because central heating systems dry out the mucous membranes, making you more thirsty during the night.

Dr Neil Stanley, ex-chairman of the British Sleep Society, says the optimum temperature for a good night is 18C or lower.

We need to lose around 1C of our internal body temperature, which sits at around 37C – to drift off.

If you're in a room that's too warm, your body can't dump that excess heat – and that means that your sleep will be disturbed.

Turn the heating off in your bedroom and instead use duvets, blankets and breathable bed linen to help regulate your body temperature.

3. Be careful with coffee

We're all guilty of knocking back coffee throughout the day to keep us going – especially while we're trying to keep ourselves going while working from home.

However, time is of the essence when it comes to your caffeine hit – as if you drink it too early or too late in the day it can stop you sleeping.

Dr Sarah Brewer, a registered doctor and nutritional therapist, believes that most of us are drinking coffee at the wrong times of the day – from our first cup (which is too early), to our last (which is too late).

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She said: "Caffeine is the most widely consumed stimulant in the world and mainly works via adenosine receptors in the brain.

"This produces an alerting effect by increasing the release of some brain chemicals. Caffeine increases focus and reduces the perception of fatigue.

"By blocking adenosine receptors, it prevents the relaxing responses produced by adenosine and interferes with your ability to wind down and sleep.”
She recommends that you have your final cup of coffee no later than 5pm – although chronic insomniacs might want to stop the caffeine consumption at lunchtime.

4. Make kids sleep on their own

Lots of parents will be spending 24/7 with their kids at the moment – after the Prime Minister shut schools to cope with the coronavirus outbreak.

But this doesn't give them an excuse to cuddle up in bed with you, and this may actually be detrimental to yours – and their – sleep.

Not only will their wriggling likely keep you up, letting a child sleep with you can stunt their development.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of ChannelMum recommends giving your child a nightlight if they can't sleep in their own room.

She says: "Soothing nightlights can be a big help for anxious children who are scared of the dark and come though to escape it.

"Choose one that plays soft music and dreamy patterns to aid their sleep."

According to the above chart posted on Lifehacker, children should go to bed by a certain time… and it all depends on when they woke up.

5. Don't eat before bed

If you've managed to get some good grub during your once-a-week trip to the supermarket or a tasty takeaway that was left on your doorstep – make sure you don't eat it right before bed as this can really upset the body's sleep cycle.

Experts say you should avoid eating within three hours of bedtime to "avoid indigestion, acid reflux and even nightmares".

Helen Bond, registered dietitian, recommended the best snacks, including vegetable sticks with tzatziki, toast with salt nut butter and popcorn if the late-night munchies hit.

She told The Sun Online: "It’s best to avoid snack foods that are highly processed or refined.

"As well as being high in saturated fat, sugar and/or salt, they’re often low in nutrients and loaded with calories, and very moreish which makes it harder for us to control our weight."

6. Avoid booze

For lots of people, a glass or two of wine, or a sip or two of brandy before bed will be the great way to celebrate the end of a week in lockdown.

However, this might hinder your sleep regime because alcohol blocks tryptophan – an amino acid that helps you sleep – from getting to the brain.

Professor Malcolm von Schantz, from the University of Surrey, says: "Alcohol has a weird effect in that it makes it easier to fall asleep, but it makes it harder to stay asleep and it affects the quality of our sleep."

7. Shower at 8.30pm

A recent study has found that taking a warm shower 90 minutes before bed can help people nod off 50 per cent faster – and increase their total sleep time by 15 minutes.

This is because hot water dilates your blood vessels, improving your skin’s ability to lose excess heat.

And this helps your body to reduce its core temperature – a process that is key to falling asleep easily.

The researchers, from the University of Texas in Austin, said: "The temperature cycle leads the sleep cycle and is an essential factor in achieving rapid sleep onset and high efficiency sleep."

With 90 minutes before bed time being the prime time for a shower, that means you should be hopping in the shower at about 8:30pm.

Why that time? Taking a shower at 8:30 means you will be in bed and asleep by 10pm.

8. Shut pets away

There's nothing more comforting than cuddling up to your dog or cat in bed at the end of the day.

However, they can rob us of those vital zzzzs – not just because they fidget about, but also because of fur shedding.

On top of this, sleeping with a furry friend can also aggravate allergies or asthma in those susceptible to it.

Dr Ramlakhan says: "While pets can seem like a great bedtime companion, they are bound to disrupt our sleep patterns in the long-term, despite how soothing it may be to have them in the bedroom with us.

"We must avoid pets getting into the habit of sleeping in our beds with us as best we can.

"And ensure they have their own place to sleep, as well as being groomed regularly to reduce fur shedding which can also be a nuisance."

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Coronation Street cast and crew haven't tested positive for coronavirus

Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor has confirmed that there hasn’t been any confirmed cases of coronavirus among the soap’s cast and crew yet.

The soap was forced to shut down amid the ongoing pandemic 10 days ago, with bosses announcing that filming for future episodes has been suspended to put the welfare of staff and production teams at the forefront of their priorities.

Joining Lorraine Kelly on Good Morning Britain to discuss the global Covid-19 crisis, Sally explained that she doesn’t believe anyone has contracted the illness.

‘Not amongst the cast or crew I don’t think yet,’ she said.

‘We’re in a girls WhatsApp group which is really good,’ Sally continued. ‘We all tell each other what we’re up to and what to watch and what exercise things to do, it’s good fun and it’s really nice to keep in touch.

‘I watched the Streets the other night and I really miss everyone, it’s so weird! I’m so used to going into work and seeing everyone. It’s strange.’

The actress, who plays Sally Webster on the ITV soap, revealed that she thinks the pandemic will make us better people.

Discussing the eventual aftermath of Covid-19, Sally predicted: ‘I really think we’re going to come out of this better people.

‘We will be looking out for each other. Hopefully we’ll all come back and we’ll do things a little better.’

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Dillon Passage and Joe Exotic Seem to Still Be Together After 'Tiger King'

Throughout the Netflix series Tiger King, many people have been following the saga of Joe Exotic and his eccentric-yet-disturbing life as the former owner of the G.W. Zoo. As the series progresses, Exotic’s love life is put on display, as three of the four husbands he had before sentencing are shown onscreen.

His most recent husband, Dillon Passage, is shown to still be with Exotic in the series’ final episode, despite the latter currently serving a 22-year prison sentence on wildlife and murder-for-hire charges on Carole Baskin. But what exactly has happened to Passage since the series wrapped in 2019? And there’s one big question that remains—are Passage and Exotic still together after the entire ordeal?

Who is Dillon Passage?

Not much is known about Passage before he entered into a relationship with Exotic. The Daily Beast reported that Passage is a native of Austin, TX, while New York Magazine reported that Passage had been living on an air mattress before meeting Exotic.

Passage, who Exotic says in the documentary he believed was sent to him by greater world forces and saved him from suicide after Travis Maldonado’s death, married the zoo owner in December 2017, 59 days after Maldonado died.

Where is Passage now?

It looks like Passage is currently residing in Florida. He seems to be living his best life amid the coronavirus pandemic, posting a photo of him lounging on a hammock and a cocktail (maybe a Bloody Mary?) in hand, with the caption “Quarantine and chill.”

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Is Passage still with Joe Exotic?

The Daily Beast reported that when the series wrapped in late 2019 into early 2020, the couple was still married.

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As for whether the couple is still together a few months later, it sure seems like it, according to Passage’s Instagram account. Despite there being no photographic evidence of the relationship on the social media platform, in a video featuring Passage dancing, he responded to a fan’s question, saying, “I’m still married to Joe, but my social media platform isn’t used for any Joe things.”

Yes—Passage is a fan of tigers as well.

If there’s anything that leads to his relationship with Exotic on Instagram, it would be Passage’s love of tigers. In a video he posted in November 2018, he wrote about just how much he loves the big cats.

“I’ve never experienced quite the same connection as I do with these cats than I have with other animals,” his video caption reads. “These awesome animals may seem big and scary, but if treated and cared for with respect, they’ll treat you the same.”


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