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I Thought I Could Change Chris Brown

After the Beating

10/6/2015 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-rihanna-brown-getty-01Rihanna now says she gave Chris Brown a second chance after he beat her up because she felt she was just one of those people "built to handle s*** like this."

Rihanna spoke to Vanity Fair about her reasoning for taking Chris Brown back and making the decision to lift the restraining order after the brutal beating. You may recall, she went vacationing with Chris 3 weeks after the attack.

Rihanna's logic for going back ... "Maybe I'm the person who's almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they're not strong enough, when they're not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing."

She went on, saying she thought she could change Brown, "A hundred percent. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn't understand him."

And she had an interesting take on how she actually became Brown's "enemy," saying, "You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I'm willing to put up with something, they think less of you."



Caleb Logan Bratayley

Family Says He Died From

'Undetected Medical Condition'

45 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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1006-caleb-logan-instagram-01The family of 13-year-old YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley says the boy died from an undetected medical condition.

No other details were given, except to say the family will have more definitive answers soon. It's unclear how much the family has been told, but it appears they know generally what triggered Caleb's death.

Caleb's memorial will be livestreamed on Periscope and Facebook.  

Caleb passed away suddenly Thursday night in Maryland.



Steve Rannazzisi

I Only Had 15 Seconds

To Change My 9/11 Lie

10/6/2015 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

'League' star Steve Rannazzisi admits he did a "terrible" thing by lying about 9/11, but says the lie was not premeditated ... it started at an off the cuff quip at The Comedy Store.

Steve went on Howard Stern's show Tuesday and explained his lie ... that he was in one of the Twin Towers during the attack and it became a life-changing moment that led him to pursue his career in comedy.

According to Steve, he was just asked by someone at the club where he was during the attack and the phony story just spilled out. He says once that happens you have 15 seconds to say it was BS or else you have to own it.

It's a really good interview. He says he chose to talk about his lie on 'Stern' because Howard personifies New York and felt it was the right venue.




Rachel Dolezal's a Hero

... Black Game Changer!

36 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

1006-rihanna-dolezal-getty-instagram-01File Under: Didn't See This One Comin' ... but Rihanna just went to bat for faux-black person Rachel Dolezal ... saying her ultra-tan charade was less disgraceful and more HEROIC! 

"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," Rihanna told Vanity Fair

"Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up."

Dolezal was mocked relentlessly for pretending to be black -- and resigned from her position as the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP after she was exposed. 

But now with Rihanna's support ... is it possible Dolezal can make a legitimate comeback? 

'Jerry Springer' Producer

Cops Say She Lied

Over Sister's Suicide

10/6/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0320-jill-blackstone-coleman-rayner-split-date-2The 'Jerry Springer' producer whose sister died in their garage is now in the hot seat with the LAPD, because TMZ has learned cops believe her story about the death doesn't make sense.

Jill Blackstone's sister Wendy died in March from a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning and Xanax. At the time it appeared Wendy, who was blind and partially deaf, committed suicide ... even leaving a note.  

Jill had said she had no idea Wendy wanted to kill herself. As for how a Weber grill and charcoal got into the garage, Jill told police the Weber grill was for warmth and the coals in the trash can were for roasting marshmallows.

But we've learned cops now paint a very different picture of what they say happened. Our law enforcement sources tell us when they first interviewed Jill she told cops she had no idea her sister wanted to kill herself. But cops say it's very clear Jill -- not Wendy -- wrote the "suicide" note.

Our sources say cops are "confident" Jill assisted her sister -- not out of vengeance but mercy for her condition. Even if Jill's motive was mercy-based, it would still be a crime, and we're told the case is now "on the front burner" for possible criminal prosecution.


Caitlyn & Kylie Jenner

Orange Is the New Dad!

10/6/2015 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1006-caitlyn-kylie-jenner-pcn-01Caitlyn Jenner and daughter Kylie grabbed lunch Monday ... the first time they've been seen in public since Kylie's 18th birthday party. 

The two nibbled on sushi at Sugarfish in Calabasas after attending a NOH8 event in LA. 

They were matching right down to the lipstick. Caitlyn opted for a more neutral color, while Kylie wore blue to show her support in honor of world bullying day.


In other news...


UFC-champ Ronda Rousey's magazine cover has sparked INSANE controversy. So much drama!


Matthew McConaughey

Shaves Head

And it Burns!!!

10/6/2015 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1006-matt-mcconaughey-splash-01Matthew McConaughey won't be donning prosthetics for his new movie "Gold" to turn himself into a Mr. Burns look-alike.  

Oscar winners always go the extra mile. 



Scott Disick's 18-Year-Old Chick

He's NOT My Boyfriend!!!

10/6/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005-scott-disick-lindsay-vrckovnik-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01Scott Disick's 18-year-old travel companion says she's NOT sleeping with or dating him ... at least that's the story she's telling her friends.

Lindsay Vrckovnik insists she's never hooked up with Scott. She says she's been traveling with a group of models and met Scott in NYC, and hung out for a day. The girls wanted to move the party to Miami over the weekend, and according to what she's telling friends ... Scott happily followed.

Lindsay -- who's from Canada --  has a boyfriend there and the photos that surfaced have caused a problem between the two of them.

Whatever Lindsay claims ... she's having trouble convincing her BF for a few reasons. First, she and Scott didn't meet for the first time last week ... they hung out at least once before, in July, at a party in Malibu.

The second problem Lindsay has ... explaining the pics where she's all nuzzly with Disick. She says the pics are "misleading."


Kim Zolciak

Returning To 'DWTS' For Final Dance

10/6/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005-kim-zolciak-tmz-01Kim Zolciak hasn't danced her final dance on "Dancing with the Stars."

We're told the folks at 'DWTS' want Kim back for the season finale next month. The plan is to have her dance in several dances on the final show and all she needs is a green light from her doctor.

We're told Kim's on board, despite being kicked off the show after suffering a mini-stroke that unearthed a heart condition. She's not back to 100%, but she already made it out of the house Sunday to watch husband Kroy play in the Falcons game.

Zolciak was at the bottom of the barrel on the show before her medical emergency. At least one person's rooting for her.


In other news...

Rihanna In See Through Nightie & Panties On Red Carpet

RiRi wore a VERY QUESTIONABLE outfit at a star studded event.


'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett

I'm Not Bangin' Michael Sam

... Yes, I Watch 'Power'

10/6/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett is keeping it as real as his TV mama Cookie does ... saying he's NOT hookin' up with Michael Sam ... despite the fact they've been spending A LOT of time together recently.

Click here... it's not over yet

Alfonso Ribeiro

My New Pad Is Fit For A Prince

10/6/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005_alfonso_ribiero_buys_granada_hills_house_launchAlfonso Ribeiro danced his way to a sprawling new home, and even though it's not in Bel-Air ... it's still pretty sick.

The "Dancing with the Stars" champ plunked down $2 million for the killer solar-powered pad in Granada Hills, about an hour north of the neighborhood that made him famous. 

The home is huge ... 7,500 square feet with 8 bedrooms and 7 baths, so definitely Fresh Prince-ish.

The guest house alone is 1,500 square feet and the patio has a grotto-style pool, waterfall and swim-up bar connected to a full-service outdoor kitchen with a BBQ and Chicago brick pizza oven. 

Most importantly ... tons of room to do 'The Carlton.'

In other news...

Bella Hadid Embraces The Nipple Piercing And Sheer Dress Look

Looks like Kendall Jenner started something.


Guess Who This

Braided Beauty


10/6/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Before this crazy talented Emmy-winning actress was a star, she was just another cute kid rockin’ some braids in Boston, Massachusetts. Can you guess who she is?

Zoe Kravitz

Lenny's Greatest Hits ...

Teeny Black Bikini Edition

10/5/2015 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005_Zoey-Kravitz_PCNZoe Kravitz stacks up just fine against "Are You Gonna Go My Way" ... "Always on the Run" ... "Fly Away" or "Let Love Rule."

The "Dope" star was hanging on South Beach in a little black bikini -- reminding us Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet's music, movies and TV shows are NOT their only legacy in entertainment. Definitely not their hottest either.

American woman ... please come knocking around our door.


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