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Willie Nelson Walks Off Stage Due to Illness

5/27/2018 6:50 AM PDT
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Willie Nelson bailed on his show Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina ... apparently due to illness.

The 85-year-old country legend was set to perform at the Outlaw Music Festival and even readied his guitar with his red, white and blue strap ... but quickly unstrapped himself, hurled his hat into the crowd and walked off stage.

He seemed pissed, but Live Nation Carolina said Willie was under the weather and just couldn't put on a performance. Live Nation asked fans to hold on to their tickets for a new concert date. It's unclear if they've offered refunds.

Some of the concertgoers said he had walked off stage earlier in the evening but walked right back off. They say they waited an hour the second time around before someone said the concert was off.

A rep for Willie tells TMZ Willie had a stomach bug but he's now well enough that he'll perform Sunday night in Washington D.C. He also promises to do a make good for his North Carolina fans.

Kim Kardashian to Rhymefest How Dare You Attack Kanye ... You Loser!!!

5/27/2018 7:01 AM PDT

Kim Kardashian jumped to Kanye West's defense Saturday, blasting Rhymefest for claiming he abandoned the Chicago charity named after his beloved mother Donda.

Rhymefest accused Kanye of not funding the org which helps Chicago's youth. Kim was outraged, saying, "You have the audacity to use Kanye's mom's name to try to shed a negative light on Kanye."

She wasn't done ... "you're over leveraging Kanye's name & asked Kanye to donate to u so stop w your fake community politics and lies. Truth is you haven't been able to sustain the foundation."

She says the real reason Rhymefest went on the attack was sour grapes ... "You were trying to get Kanye to listen to your sub par beats." She says the Rhymefest is just pissed because Kanye wouldn't put him on one of his new albums ... "You thought you were really worthy to be on this album" ... she ended with laughing emojis.

Kim says the fam plans to take the foundation away from Rhymefest, adding, "You better believe I will make it my mission to take Donda's House from you and let my children run it the way it should be run!" 

Scott Disick I'm 35 and in Love with Sofia!!!

5/27/2018 7:13 AM PDT

Scott Disick has been tamed by a woman close to half his age.

Scott turned 35 Saturday and he spent it with 19-year-old gf Sofia Richie on St. Barts. For her part, Sofia is in hook, line and sinker, telling the world, "Happy Birthday babe! Thank you for being you. Love you."

The 2 have been together now for a year and word is they've gotten super serious.

It also looks like Scott and Kourtney Kardashian have made peace ... if only for the sake of their 3 kids.

Scott has a pilot in the works where he's flipping houses in the L.A. area with super realtor Tomer Fridman ... and guess who's behind the project? If you guessed Kris Jenner you would be correct!

'Evil Genius' FBI Agent Prostitute's Shocking Confession ... Is Pretty Much B.S.

5/27/2018 1:00 AM PDT
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The FBI elite agent who investigated the murder of Brian Wells -- a case that inspired Netflix's 'Evil Genius' -- isn't buying the shocking twist at the end of the documentary ... at least not most of it.

Dr. Jerry Clark -- who's heavily featured in the 4-part doc -- tells TMZ ... former prostitute Jessica Hoopsick's confession doesn't mesh with loads of evidence and investigatory work he did for years, so he doesn't believe she's credible.

If you haven't seen it, a big mystery of 'Evil Genius' is how much Wells knew about the bank heist that led to his death -- Jessica claims he knew nothing and she helped set him up ... but Jerry strongly refutes that and has some solid reasons.

Clark does agree with Jessica on one major component ... and 'Evil Genius' fans are going to want to hear his take on Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Bill Rothstein, too.

They should also check out what the director of the documentary, Trey Borzillieri, told us about Floyd Stockton.

FYI -- Clark spent 27 years in local and federal law enforcement, and retired from the FBI in 2011. He now teaches criminal justice at Gannon University.

Ben Foster & Laura Prepon First (Legal) Steps to Tie the Knot

5/27/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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Ben Foster and Laura Prepon appear to be inching closer to husband and wife -- 'cause they hit up the one place in NYC they gotta go to make it happen. 

The couple of about 2 years waited in line this week for the City Clerk, where marriage licenses are issued to residents. We don't wanna get ahead of ourselves -- there are lots of reasons Ben and Laura could've been at that office.

Maybe they were enrolling as lobbyists, requesting City Council transcripts or submitting their Oaths of Office as elected officials. Okay, definitely not the last one, but you get the point ... marriage license seems to fit the bill here. 

As we reported ... Ben and Laura announced their engagement by flashing her massive rock in the fall of 2016. They already have 1 kid together.

We've reached out to their reps, but no word back yet.

Fun fact: the marriage license is only good for 60 days, so go ahead and cue up "Here Comes the Bride" ... they're gonna need it soon. 

Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jxmmi Sees Nothing But Diamonds ... Through $125k Goggles!!

5/27/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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Rae Sremmurd rapper Slim Jxmmi's problem isn't double vision, it's diamond vision ... but that'll happen when you ice out 2 high-priced watches and turn them into eyewear.

Slim got all 'Mad Max' on his timepieces by combining them to make what we imagine is probably the first ever pair of watch-goggles. 

Slim gave his Audemars and Rolex Yacht-Master watches -- more than $50k each -- to Houston celebrity jeweler ZoFrost, and told him to go to town.

It's a cool idea for those who don't wanna see, but definitely want to be seen.

With the diamonds and the connecting Dior strap, we're told the end product's worth about $125k. Best of all, the whole process is reversible -- just in case Slim wants the watches back on his wrists.

Stars and Scars You Be the Judge

5/26/2018 12:40 AM PDT

Harvey Weinstein is the first person targeted by the #MeToo movement that's charged with a sex crime, and the NFL has decided players will now kneel at a price. So, we gotta ask ...

Celebrity Scramble Guess Who!

5/27/2018 7:02 AM PDT

Hidden underneath this eyebrow-raising snap is a comic book character brought to life ... use your senses and see if you can figure out which actor is embedded within this funky photo!

Adam Rippon Praises Pope Francis Pro-Gay Comments Were 'So Awesome!'

5/27/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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The Pope is gonna be stoked ... 'cause he just got some serious props from the guy who won "Dancing with the Stars!"

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon -- the first openly gay U.S. athlete to medal in the Winter Olympics -- says he heard about Pope Francis telling a gay man that his sexuality "does not matter" and thinks it's "so awesome!" 

Backstory ... Pope Francis had spent some time back in April with a man who was sexually abused by a priest. When the topic of his sexuality came up, the Pope reportedly said, "God made you like this. God loves you like this."

He added, "The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say."

Rippon LOVED the comments ... and told TMZ Sports, "I think that's so awesome what the Pope said. It would be pretty cool to like meet him one day."

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Sandy Beach Bums Guess Who!

5/27/2018 12:20 AM PDT

Take some time out of your nitty-gritty Memorial Day weekend to dig into this gallery of sandy beach bums, and see if you can guess the cheeky stars in the crusty selfies!

Billy Dee Williams Good Genes or Good Docs?

5/27/2018 12:10 AM PDT

Billy Dee Williams' good looks aren't forced!

Heres a 33-year-old version of the 'Star Wars' actor back in 1970 (left) and 48 years later ... the now 81-year-old father of two was photographed at the 'Solo' premiere in Hollywood this month (right). 

"Hello ... what do we have here?"

The question is ...

Mike D Here's What I Can Tell You About 'Beastie Boys Book' ...

5/26/2018 4:15 PM PDT
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Mike D says the highly anticipated book about the Beastie Boys isn't exactly a memoir -- it's not sexually explicit enough -- but if the charts are any indication ... it's gonna make some noise.

We got the rapper at LAX Friday and asked if he could dish any details on the upcoming "Beastie Boys Book" about his days with Ad-Rock and the late MCA -- he confirms it includes a cookbook ... and straightens out our camera guy on how many pages it is.

Mike doesn't give away much else, but we know the cooking portion's from chef Roy Choi, and the book includes contributions by Wes Anderson, Amy Poehler and Spike Jonze.

He's also said it will be "unlike any other music book."

"Beastie Boys Book" doesn't get released until October 30, but it's already the #1 seller in Amazon's Rap Music category. Now ... enjoy this music video.

Mick Fleetwood Denies Stevie Nicks Booted Buckingham From the Mac

5/26/2018 2:15 PM PDT
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Mick Fleetwood's typically a man of few words when it comes to band drama, and he only needed one word when asked if a major rumor circulating is true -- "No."

The Fleetwood Mac co-founder and drummer repeatedly denied speculation that Stevie Nicks is responsible for Lindsey Buckingham's departure when we got him at LAX Friday night.

The alleged story is Nicks wanted Mike Campbell from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to replace Buckingham and issued an ultimatum -- Lindsey goes or I go -- and the band sided with Nicks. But again, Mick says that's not true.

As we reported ... Buckingham left the group in early April and was replaced by Campbell and Neil Finn from Crowded house, but he recently told a crowd in L.A. he was actually thrown out ... and insinuated Stevie's the one who broke the chain.

P.S. -- It's Stevie Nicks' bday today ... so happy birthday!!!

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