Justin Bieber is making a very emotional and thought-provoking apology to his fans -- but what's unclear is exactly WHY he's doing it.
Bieber seemed to be pouring his heart out in the video he posted late Wednesday evening. He copped to covering up his true feelings for the past year and half ... and promised he was trying to change.
The video mea culpa came hours after Justin taped an episode of "Ellen." Sources at the taping tell us Justin kinda bombed the appearance -- giving Ellen DeGeneres one word answers ... and seeming extremely nervous.
In his confession, Justin says "I was afraid of what people are thinking about me right now."
JB added ... he wanted everyone to know he's not the type of person to say, "I don't give a f**k" -- or at least he isn't anymore. Watch the video ... makes you wonder how badly he really tanked.
Flies the Coop ...
Straight Outta Famous Bird 'Hood
9 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Dre is determined to ball like a billionaire, and he moved close to that goal ... by dropping his fancy Hollywood Hills crib for big money.
Dre just scored $32.5 million for his posh pad in the exclusive bird streets hood ... which is home to Leo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, and a ton of other celebs.
Dre's walking away with more than twice what he paid for it in 2011. Not bad, considering he didn't live there full time. It's not like he had to ... the Doc splurged on Tom Brady and Gisele's massive Brentwood estate for $40M last spring.
The new owners will have plenty of space for their homies to get gangsta ... the 6-bed, 9-bath joint is tucked away on a cul-de-sac with an amazing infinity pool.
We reached out to Dre's uber real estate broker Kurt Rappaport ... but never heard back. The home sale helps Dre creep toward billionaire status. Several estimates already have him over $650 million.
Guess Who This
19 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
Before this little girl sprouted into a Hollywood hottie she was just another little girl with a green thumb growing up in Checotah, Oklahoma. Can you guess who she is?
Geezer Butler Arrested for Bar Brawl
1/28/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ozzy Osbourne's right hand man in Black Sabbath -- bassist Geezer Butler -- got busted for a bar fight, and spent a night in jail.
Sources tell us Butler was in a bar at the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley Tuesday ... when the brawl broke out -- and apparently the ol' Geezer's still got some fight left in him.
Inyo County Sheriff's deputies, clearly believing the Butler did it ... arrested the 65-year-old for battery, vandalism, and disorderly conduct.
Butler famously wrote most of Sabbath's lyrics ... while Ozzy got all the glory as the band's frontman.
Has he lost his mind? Can he see or is he blind?
Who knows? But cops tell us Butler was released from jail Wednesday morning after drying out.
Go Daddy's Super Cute Puppy
Can't Make Cut [TMZ TV]
1/28/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sues Birdman's Cash Money ...
I Want Out!
1/28/2015 1:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lil Wayne has made good on his promise to go after Cash Money ... because he's filed a lawsuit asking a judge to end his contract with Birdman's label.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Wayne says Birdman and company violated the deal by withholding tens of millions of dollars Cash Money owes him for his long-delayed album, "Tha Carter V."
Wayne claims because Cash Money is refusing to pay, he's entitled to walk.
But Lil Wayne wants more than just a declaration of freedom. He's suing for $51 MILLION.
And Wayne wants the judge to declare he's the joint copyright owner of all Young Money recordings ... which includes Drake, Nicki Minaj and several others.
Sources connected to Wayne tell TMZ ... if Birdman antes up then he can release "Tha Carter V," but only if Wayne gets paid. Wayne says he was supposed to get an $8 million advance when he began recording in December, 2013 and another 2M when he completed the album a year later, but so far he's gotten nothing.
I Showed Troubled Youth the Right Path
And I Got Credit!
1/28/2015 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan got credit for 18 hours of community service for doing meet and greets with fans who went to see her London play ... and that's why the prosecutor is furious.
It's pretty stunning ... Community Service Volunteers in London submitted docs to the court in Lindsay's probation case Wednesday ... listing 5 meet and greets following her performances in "Speed-the-Plow." According to the docs, each hangout lasted 3 HOURS!
But wait ... it gets even more bizarre ... CSV gave 5 lucky probationers a total of 70 hours with Lindsay ... providing them with "work shadowing experience." In other words, young people who needed to be taught a lesson followed Lindsay by way of example. The other thing ... she's not even working right now.
Prosecutor Terry White wants 2 weeks to get to the bottom of it before he makes a recommendation to the judge. Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told the judge Lindsay merely complied with CSV rules.
Courtney Loves Making Money
... And So Do I
1/28/2015 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin O'Leary and Courtney Love definitely made a connection -- not romantically, but financially -- during their marathon dinner date Tuesday night.
Mr. Wonderful came on TMZ Live to reveal their nearly 4-hour meal was all about money and music. Courtney has publishing rights to tons of music -- hers and Kurt Cobain's -- and, of course, Kevin's got tons of money.
Kevin says he's considering investing in her music catalog, but you have to see what really shocked him about Courtney.
Never judge a book, or a Hole lead singer ...
I Got Primary Physical Custody of Our Daughter
1/28/2015 12:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ludacris just got what he was after in family court ... the judge just gave him primary physical custody of his 1-year-old daughter ... but the decision is really confusing.
The decision comes after baby mama Tamika Fuller bitterly testified Luda didn't want the baby when he found out she was pregnant, and even tried to negotiate an abortion by throwing 10K her way.
But sources connected with the rapper tell TMZ ... the judge reviewed the report from an independent expert as well as the testimony and concluded Luda was the more fit parent.
The judge awarded both Luda and Tamika joint legal and physical custody but said Luda will be "the primary physical custodian." We've watched the video of the decision and the judge messes up in a big way, saying Luda has decision-making authority. If that's true, he would have primary legal custody. Short story ... the judge makes very little sense.
Luda tells TMZ, "I am gratified that the judge found me to be the most fit and proper parent to have primary physical custody of our beautiful daughter."
You Can Watch My 'Journey' on TV
1/28/2015 10:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner is shooting a docuseries about his life changes that will air on television ... TMZ has confirmed.
We're told the footage has been shot over the last few months and chronicles what Kim has described as Bruce's "journey."
We're told the footage is a very personal look from Bruce's vantage point of the process of changing.
Multiple sources say the documentary will include interaction with Bruce's kids and ex-wife Kris and how they are receiving the news.
One source familiar with the production tells us when Bruce talked openly with the family, at one point Kris "lost it."
We're told all of Bruce's kids -- the boys and girls -- have been "extremely supportive."
Our sources say the docuseries will air on E.
My Fans Are Living for the 'Dead'
1/28/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln might be the king of celebrity autographs -- because the guy signed for an endless number of fans who greeted him at LAX.
But what really puts him on top ... is how much cash those fans can rake in by hawking Officer Grimes' signature. We should all invest in Lincoln!
In other news...
Ryan Seacrest is about 5'8" so you might be surprised when you find out how much he actually weighs!
Mariah and Nick
Their Kids Liked Me Too Much
1/28/2015 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon may be getting divorced, but they're still attached because they're being sued by a former nanny who claims she was fired because she showed too much affection to their twins.
Simonette DaCosta claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- she was the full-time nanny when the kids were just infants. She fed, bathed and comforted them, but it didn't sit well with Mariah.
DaCosta claims the singer berated her for showing too much affection. Translation, it's pretty clear she's alleging Mariah was jealous because the kids liked their nanny way too much.
DaCosta also claims she was worked too hard ... putting in lots of OT -- sometimes 100 hours a week.
She wants back pay and other damages.
Doctor Says She Ain't Lyin'
She Has Chikungunya
1/28/2015 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan wasn't lying when she said she picked up the chikungunya virus while vacationing in Bora Bora ... because her doctor says that's exactly what was ailing her.
Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, told us as she left the courthouse, the doctor's notes she submitted to the judge this AM validated what Lindsay claimed.
TMZ broke the story ... LiLo was laid up in the hospital last week and her people claimed she had the virus which is carried by mosquitos.