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Aaron Hernandez Tortured By Gay Secret

3/17/2018 12:50 AM PDT

Aaron Hernandez was gay -- according to several people close to him ... and his private struggle with his sexuality caused him great emotional pain that may have turned him violent. 

It's all part of the Oxygen documentary, "Aaron Hernandez Uncovered" -- which features interviews with Aaron's close friends, ex-girlfriends and members of his legal team. 

Aaron's college girlfriend, Alyssa Anderson, says she first learned Aaron had a relationship with a man while they were attending the University of Florida ... but he denied it at the time. It was only years later that Hernandez cryptically acknowledged her suspicions were true. 

George Leontire -- an openly gay member of Hernandez's defense team -- says he spoke with Hernandez at length about his sexuality and Aaron opened up like never before. 

"This man clearly was gay," Leontire said ... "[He] acknowledged it. Acknowledged the immense pain that it caused him."

Leontire added, "I think that he also came out of a culture that was so negative about gay people that he exhibited some self-hatred."

Hernandez never spoke publicly about being gay. He was engaged to a woman, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, and they had a daughter together.

Aaron was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013 -- and there are some law enforcement officials who believe Hernandez executed Lloyd because he knew about Hernandez's sexuality.  

Hernandez ultimately killed himself in his prison cell in 2017. 

"Aaron Hernandez Uncovered" airs in 2 parts on Oxygen, Saturday March 17 and Sunday the 18th.

Kardashians Save Watts Empowerment Center ... It's For the Kids

3/17/2018 7:07 AM PDT

The Kardashians have a deep connection to L.A., and it manifested itself in a big way Friday when the fam rescued a 24-hour community center that was about to shut its doors because of a lack of funding.

Kris, Kim, Kourtney and Corey Gamble were on hand Friday as they received "The Key to Our Hearts" for saving the center. It was about to close its doors because of nationwide budget cuts ... Watts was being hit especially hard and needed private funding to survive.

Kris wants badly to raise money to build a baseball diamond and grass field so the children will have something fun and meaningful to do. The Community Center has been a save haven in an area where gangs are strong.

We're told Kris is also setting her sights on building a new playground for the kids on a huge piece of property near the Center. 

Kudos to the Kardashians. 

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

3/17/2018 1:00 AM PDT

Stormy Daniels and her lawyer have already said Trump had sex with her, but they want to spill the tea on how it went down. And Donald Trump incredibly said Mexicans have special climbing talents. So, we gotta ask ...

Demi Lovato Slays in Brooklyn ... During 'Tell Me You Love Me' World Tour

3/17/2018 8:01 AM PDT

Demi Lovato brought the house down Friday night during her "Tell Me You Love Me" world tour at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Celebs and fans went crazy for her. DJ Khaled opened the show. Demi also invited Iggy Azalea, Kehlani, and J Balvin to join her onstage. 

Demi talked about her stuggles over the years. She said 6 years ago she was drinking vodka out of a Sprite bottled at 9 in the morning and throwing up in a car.  

She's been sober for the last 6 years.

One person we didn't see is Wilmer Valderrama ... who shared a meal a couples of weeks ago with ex-gf Demi. Unclear if they're back together.

'Crazy Alien' Producers Say Dog Wasn't Supposed to Fall ... In Icy Waters

3/17/2018 7:21 AM PDT

A rep for the movie "Crazy Aliens" is admitting something went wrong with a stunt involving a dog that was spun around violently in a cage and then hurled into icy waters ... but they say it was an accident.

The video posted by TMZ triggered outrage, and now the rep says it was never their intention to dunk the German Shepard. The rep says during the first 2 takes of the scene the dog was secured in its cage and never got wet.  

But during a different take the dog was supposed to hang above the water in its cage through a special apparatus designed by the film crew. The rep says there was a design flaw and the cage fell into the water ... twice.  

In the video -- shot in China -- you hear the director scream something in Chinese. We translated it, and he said, "I told you to not let it go. Why did you let it go?"

The rep says the dog owner was on set and after the dog was soaked they provided the owner with tents and towels. 

We're told the dog was shaken up but not injured.  

Lil Xan Flees Angry Tupac Fans ... Cop Keeps Him Safe

3/17/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Lil Xan's been getting flak from the hip-hop community all week for calling Tupac's music "boring" ... and it seems the criticism's escalated to real-life harassment.

According to a police report -- obtained by TMZ -- the rapper was at a Del Taco in his hometown of Redlands, CA Thursday afternoon when he was surrounded by a group of high school-aged kids who were upset over his comments about Tupac.

There wasn't a physical fight, but the hostile environment was apparently enough to make Lil Xan run to a nearby YMCA ... where an officer picked him up and escorted him to his car safely.

The report says the large crowd was gathered at the Del Taco for a possible girl fight after school ... so the rapper possibly got caught in the middle of the frenzy. We're told no crime was committed against him, though.

Lil Xan was in town for a meet-and-greet Thursday night, but the way he was greeted is in stark contrast to the last time we saw the "Betrayed" rapper ...  when he was flanked by adoring fans in NYC.

Stevie Wonder Calls BS on Bruno Mars Critics ... Ain't No Cultural Appropriation

3/17/2018 7:53 AM PDT

Stevie Wonder is squarely on Bruno Mars' side in the legal fight over "Uptown Funk," saying Bruno didn't culturally misappropriate anything ... Stevie says it's all about making music for the world.

We got the musical legend Friday night in Bev Hills leaving Mr. Chow, and he squarely takes issue with activist Seren Sensei who called him out in a web series, calling him a karaoke singer who rips off other artists.

Stevie calls BS on that, saying Bruno's a great talent and the idea that certain types of music should be walled off is ridiculous.

Bruno's being sued by Angie Stone and her rap group "The Sequence" for ripping off their song "Funk You Up."  Truth be told, Bruno has said he was inspired by the song and they sound super similar.


Farrah Abraham 'Teen Mom' Crew is Spineless

3/17/2018 7:33 AM PDT

Farrah Abraham is scoffing at the cast and crew of "Teen Mom" who claims she was a nightmare to work with ... Farrah says she's actually easy-going and they are "spineless."

We got Farrah Friday in Bev Hills, and she had nothing but unkind things to say about the an ex-producer who said she was impossible.

The former "Teen Mom" is suing Viacom for at least $5 mil for sex-shaming, harassing and humiliating her for doing porn.

Farrah also says she wasn't exactly fired because she's shooting something for the upcoming reunion show.

Find The Hidden Four-leaf Clovers Happy St. Patrick's Day!

3/17/2018 8:04 AM PDT

Don't let this magical image of Victoria Beckham lead you in the wrong direction ... Stay focused because it's time to test your luck by searching for some hidden four-leaf clovers! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

**HINT -- There are THREE hidden clovers in the above photograph!**

Backstreet Boys We're Starting a BBQ Restaurant!!!

3/17/2018 12:30 AM PDT

The Backstreet Boys are ready to drop the mic ... in the restaurant biz!!!

BSB Entertainment Inc. -- a company with A.J. McLean, Howie D., Brian Littrell and Nick Carter  listed as directors -- filed docs, which were obtained by TMZ, on February 9 to trademark "Backstreet Barbecue" for use in a new restaurant. 

The news comes on the heels of Nick telling a food blog they're looking for a partner in Mexico to start making their own tequila. Hey, it worked for George Clooney. Now add a BBQ joint and the boys have quite the trifecta (music reigns, of course). 

We've reached out to a rep for the Backstreet Boys for comment, so far no word back. 

Stevie J I'm Being Extorted ... Over Child Support

3/17/2018 7:40 AM PDT

Stevie J says all the shade being thrown around about him being ridiculously behind in child support is extortion.

We got the "Love & Hip Hop" star Friday night in the ATL outside Ivory, and asked him about owing more than $1.3 million in child support.  

Stevie calls BS, saying he loves and supports his kids and even put them on 2 VH1 shows. He says he's being extorted over child support but doesn't elaborate.

Stevie's required to turn himself in by April 10th for falling in arrears ... this after pleading guilty to failure to pay support. 

Lil Uzi Vert Now on the Hook with Rick Ross For Canceled Gig Lawsuit

3/17/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Lil Uzi Vert was supposed to co-star with Rick Ross on a summer show together, but instead they took the money and left fans hanging ... according to a lawsuit.

A Pennsylvania entertainment company just added Uzi as a defendant in the suit it filed against Rick. According to docs, both rappers were supposed to perform on June 10, 2017 at the minor league ballpark in PA. The company says it forked over about $200k to lock it down.

As we reported ... Rick bailed on the show, and the company says he showed really poor form by not canceling until 2 nights prior to the gig. According to the suit, Lil Uzi did the same. 

Now Ross and Uzi are both being sued for the roughly $200k in deposit money, plus reimbursement for what was lost by the last-minute cancellation.

We reached out to both rappers ... no word back so far.

Golden Stars At the End of the Rainbow

3/17/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Looks like these stars are on the hunt for more gold ... Slide through our gallery of celebrities at the end of the rainbow to see who's getting lucky this St. Patrick's Day!

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