Rob Kardashian's downhill spiral was triggered by Lamar Odom ... but we've learned it had nothing to do with Lamar's drug use ... it was all about fatherly abandonment.
Sources connected with the Kardashian family tell TMZ ... Rob was devastated when his dad -- famed OJ lawyer Robert Kardashian -- died back in 2003. We're told he took it much harder than his siblings and never really got over it.
When Khloe married Lamar ... the bballer became a father figure to Rob. Sources close to Khloe tell us Rob thrived around Lamar, inspiring him to start a business and get in awesome shape. They became best friends, but Rob idolized him.
Khloe has said on the Kardashian's show, Rob's recent troubles were triggered by the dark things that happened in the house. But we're told it's not about drugs -- Lamar compartmentalized his drug use and mostly kept it out of the family home. We're told Khloe was referring to the arguments and breakdown of the marriage.
Our sources say when Lamar cut off the entire family and went radio silent ... Rob went into a tailspin because he felt abandoned by the only person who measured up to his dad. And that's when Rob got deep into lean and other drugs, which resulted in a dramatic weight gain.
Zac Efron & Michelle Rodriguez
Make Out Session
in Ibiza Nightclub
8/1/2014 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez acted like two horny teenagers Thursday night in Ibiza ... making out in the middle of a nightclub for all to see.
Efron and M-Rod have been all over each other the last few weeks ... although Michelle was spotted Wednesday afternoon hanging out on a yacht with Justin Bieber.
Also interesting in the video ... Michelle is dancing with what appears to be a beer bottle in her hand. Later on, Zac appears to be holding the bottle.
Efron's had two rehab stints in the last year and recently told Bear Grylls his problem was that he needed a "social lubricant" to go out in public.
Karrueche DUMPS Him
8/1/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown played the Rihanna card one too many times with Karrueche Tran ... we've learned Karrueche has not only broken up with him ... for safe measure she changed her number.
Our sources say Karrueche exploded when Chris recently "liked" 2 fan photos on Instagram of Rihanna and him together.
But Rihanna was only a small part of Karrueche's problems with Chris. We're told she was unhappy for a long time ... as sources put it, because "Chris acts immature, like a child." She thinks he's ruining his life by spending more time partying than making music.
Chris' reaction to the break up has been breathtaking. He went to St. Tropez this week and took a very good friend of Karrueche's along for the ride. And he made a point to be photographed with her ... making sure Karrueche would see it.
Karrueche's reaction was not jealousy. We're told she's changed her phone number ... specifically so Chris couldn't contact her.
Boy ... it takes guts.
Dean Cain to Matt Leinart:
SORRY I OFFENDED YOU
Just Hoped You'd Have a Better NFL Career
8/1/2014 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z & Beyonce
We're Crazy in Love!
Really, We Swear!
8/1/2014 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce and Jay Z got super snuggly during their Wednesday night concert in Seattle ... clearly an overt display to counter numerous reports of an imminent split.
So the question ... are they still crazy in love or is it on to the next one?
Ruined by Designer's Hand
8/1/2014 7:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Heidi Klum nearly posted one of the best photos in the history of Instagram ... if only designer Zac Posen had kept his damn hand to himself.
Klum, wearing nothing but a small pair of tiny panties, posted the photo with the caption: "@zac_posen ....I need something to wear for tonight's @projectrunway @lifetimetv."
Zac needs a bad case of carpal tunnel syndrome ... NOW.
In other news...
Scarlett Johansson stepped out in NYC looking totally different -- and it wasn't because of her baby bump.
Check out her almost unrecognizable new look!
'Ice Road Truckers' Star
Arrested for Devil May Hair Care
8/1/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Ice Road Truckers" star Tim Zickuhr is clearly a guy who cares about his hair ... his fetish for follicles got him arrested ... and it's only the 2nd weirdest thing he was busted for this year.
Cops tell us ... they responded to a disturbance call earlier this month at a pet hotel in San Dimas ... and found a drunken Zickuhr arguing with an employee and demanding they pony up his pooch. Turns out he doesn't even have a dog.
Cops couldn't help but notice Zickuhr had a shopping cart ... filled with Rogaine, hair straightener, shampoo, a hairbrush and an assortment of booze. Police were understandably suspicious because the errant items were laying in the Albertson's cart -- no bag, no receipt.
Police went to the nearby grocery store, determined he stole the items and arrested him for shoplifting. Zickuhr spent 3 days in the pokey.
The arrest still doesn't compare to Tim's arrest back in April -- allegedly involving a hooker, kidnapping and waterboarding. Maybe let Tim tell it ...
Worst Movie Answer Ever
8/1/2014 4:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bryan Singer -- who has been all but vindicated in a lawsuit accusing him of sexual molestation -- had an interesting choice of movies he favors.
The "X-Men" director was at LAX Thursday where he dodged questions about the recent allegations, but did get a little chatty when asked about his favorite movies.
Given all he's going through ... he probably could have picked a different favorite director. You see where we're going here ...
As TMZ previously reported, Singer and his accuser, Michael Egan, had tentatively struck a paltry $100,000 settlement agreement ... but Egan backed out. His lawyer quit over it.
'Sons of Guns'
Over Insane Machine Gun
8/1/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Federal agents had to swoop in to help the high-caliber cowboys from Discovery's "Sons of Guns" locate a shipment of weapons -- including one incredibly destructive machine gun -- that got lost in the mail.
TMZ has learned the gun shop on the show -- Red Jacket Firearms -- recently sent some of their custom machine guns from Baton Rouge to Las Vegas for an event. One of the guns is nicknamed "Master Blaster" for good reason -- it combines a Saiga 12 gauge shotgun with a MAC-11 sub-machine gun!
Sources connected to RJF tell us some of the guns were leased from third parties, and when RJF's shipment back to Baton Rouge got delayed ... the owner of the weapons got pissed and snitched to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
We're told the owner reported the guns as missing, and ATF agents sprung into action to locate the weapons -- which are legal and licensed.
Turns out it was just a normal mail snafu -- however, we're told production on the TV show was halted until they got the all clear the guns were safe and sound.
Boys and their toys.
My Ex BF is a Leech and an Ingrate
8/1/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Linda Hogan is scoffing at her ex-BF's claim he was treated and paid like a day laborer during their relationship, saying he lived in the lap of luxury the entire time they were banging.
Sources very close to the former couple tell us ... the then 48-year-old ex-wife of Hulk Hogan paid full freight for then 19-year-old Charlie Hill ... from his wardrobe, to his food, to lavish vacations ... even an allowance.
We're told Linda is steaming over Charlie's $1.5 million lawsuit ... demanding money for the chores he performed, including waxing her yacht, fertilizing 25 acres of avocado trees and supervising a chain saw gang.
Linda says Charlie never had a real job during their entire 4-year relationship. She's especially irked about the boat waxing business, saying he wanted to become a boat captain and she paid for classes to get him certified. And waxing is part of the deal, right?
Linda's lawyer Ray Rafool tells us, "Linda is embarrassed for Charlie and can't believe he'd say such things considering the relationship they had."
The relationship, we're guessing, is defined by a math problem: How many times does 19 go into 48?
Guess Who This
CURLY HAIRED KID
8/1/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Before this grinning little girl made the whole world smile as a comedian she was just another kid growing up in Chicago, Illinois. Can you guess who she is?
'Sharknado 2' Was Cool
But 3 Is Gonna Be ...
8/1/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin & Orlando
Can Kiss My ...
7/31/2014 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
While her ex and her alleged fling duke it out in Ibiza, Selena Gomez rocked the shortest of shorts Thursday while heading to a meeting in L.A.
As TMZ first reported, while Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom fought over Miranda Kerr ... there is some tangential Selena involvement.
Our sources say Gomez -- who was once famously photographed with Bloom -- claims she never hooked up with the "Lord of the Rings" star.
Selena Gomez ... hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave.