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Justin Bieber 'Spiritual Awakening' Puts Music Career In Jeopardy

7/26/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber's "purpose" in life does not seem to be music anymore -- it's all about his "spiritual awakening" courtesy of the Hillsong Church and its leader, in particular ... sources connected with the church tell TMZ.

Multiple sources familiar with the situation tell us, Justin's decision to abruptly cancel his Purpose Tour is rooted in his relationship with church founder Carl Lentz. As we reported, we're told Lentz did not advocate canceling the tour. In fact we're told he recommended the opposite.

That said, our sources say Bieber's relationship with Lentz has been "intense" and the church leader has increasingly influenced the singer in making life decisions. 

As one source put it, "The church didn't tell Justin to cancel the tour. He made his decision based on spiritual soul-searching and his own view of the path in life he should be taking."

The way it was put to us, Bieber processed the endless conversations he has had with Lentz and used them to make the decision. It's unclear whether canceling the tour is a one-off or whether Bieber is so down the road with the church that he will close the book on his music career. 

As one source put it, "he's becoming the Tom Cruise of that church."

Chester Bennington Home Was Drug-Free At Time of Suicide

7/26/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington's death investigation has turned up no obvious signs of drug use ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us investigators found no illegal drugs or prescription drugs while searching the home following Chester's suicide. As we reported ... there was a partially drunk bottle of alcohol in the bedroom where he was found hanging.

The Linkin Park frontman was open about his drug abuse issues -- acid, meth, crack and more. His bandmates were well aware of his demons, and he credited his bandmates for staging an intervention.

It's unclear if Chester had any drugs in his system at the time of death.Toxicology results are pending.

Venus' Wrongful Death Lawsuit 'Gunned It' to 20 MPH in Intersection ... Says Victim's Attorney

7/26/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Venus Williams accelerated from 0 to almost 20 MPH in about 4 seconds as she pulled through the intersection where she had a fatal accident ... according to the attorney for the victims' family.

Michael Steinger, who reps the estate of Jerome Barson -- the man who died -- tells TMZ Sports his team obtained the black box data Tuesday from Venus' SUV. He says it shows she was traveling at 19.9 MPH when Jerome and his wife T-boned her.

He also says the numbers show Venus got up to that speed in 4.2 seconds. His take on the data -- Venus probably "looked up, saw the red light and gunned it."

Remember, the surveillance video shows Venus start into the intersection, but stop to allow another vehicle to turn left in front of her. Up to now, we only knew Venus told cops she was doing about 5 MPH as she started into the intersection. The police report also put the Barson's Hyundai at 25 MPH.

If, as Steinger says, Venus was doing 20 MPH after the light had changed, the obvious question becomes -- was she reckless in her attempt to clear the intersection?

As we reported ... the estate disputes Venus' claim at least one person in the Barson's car was not wearing a seat belt ... saying the vehicle data proves it.

Drake My Lil Wayne Tattoo Is Old News But Weezy-Approved!!!

7/26/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lil Wayne was completely caught off guard by Drake's new tat honoring him when his prodigy sent him a photo of it ... 5 months ago!!!

That's right ... Drake's new arm ink went unnoticed for almost a half a year, at least to the general populous. We're told Drizzy got it while overseas and sent Wayne a pic when it was done, and Wayne was beyond floored and honored, since loyalty's a big deal with him.

The tat's on Drake's tricep, so it's covered by the average t-shirt, which explains why no one picked up on it sooner.

As for returning the favor, no word yet on that ... space on Lil Wayne's already heavily tatted bod is pretty limited.

Chumlee Dumping Infamous Vegas Party Crib

7/26/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chumlee's done partying his ass off ... in one spot anyway -- the infamous Vegas home where cops once found guns and weed is on the market.

The "Pawn Stars" cast member listed his 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom pad for a whopping $1,849,900. It's a sweet deal if he gets his asking price -- he bought it 5 years ago for $1.1 mil.

The 6,206 square foot pad has a pool, spa and guest house. It's really a bachelor's paradise where Chumlee famously partied hard ... until cops searched the house in March 2016 and found more than 120 grams of weed and 12 guns. He eventually got off with 3 years probation.

Kyle Gluhm from Realty ONE Group is listing the home, which includes the "Chum Chum" room ... stripper pole included. Strippers NOT included, we're guessing. 

Guess Who This Ballerina Baby Turned Into!

7/26/2017 12:10 AM PDT

Before this serious little star became a workaholic, she was just another dancing doll ready to take center stage in Las Vegas, Nevada. Can you guess who she is?

Kate Hudson My Head Is All the Buzz

7/25/2017 7:46 PM PDT

Kate Hudson has pulled a G.I. Jane (and countless other badass Hollywood heroines) by completely shaving her famous golden locks ... and like all of them, she looks great. 

Kate was seen on set Tuesday in L.A. for a new flick she's working on with Sia, and she's rocking a new shaved 'do for the role.

Gotta say, as well as she wears it ... we almost didn't recognize her here at first. 

Going bald seems to be back in style in Tinseltown. Cara Delevingne recently did the same for a movie, as did Kristen Stewart and, of course, Milly Bobby Brown for her role as Eleven in "Stranger Things."

Keep on buzzing, ladies. 

Kim Kardashian Sued by Makeup Artist ... Your Logo's Me$$ing with Me!

7/25/2017 6:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

6:53 PM PT -- Sources connected to Kim's makeup line tell us she consulted several veteran trademark attorneys when launching her KKW line to ensure there were no violations. Nevertheless, we're told her team is confident KKW Beauty in no way infringes on Weiss' KW brand ... nor do they feel the lines are similar. Kim Kardashian has no right to her own initials ... in the cosmetics world, anyway ... according to the Danish makeup artist who's now suing her.

If you're into makeup you probably know the name Kirsten Kjaer Weiss. She says she's a famous makeup artist, and her line of KW cosmetics and makeup services are hot sellers around the world. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, Kirsten says Kim K's cosmetics logo is confusing consumers. She says the problem is Kim's products bear the 'KKW' logo ... far too similar to Kirsten's 'KW.' 

In the suit, Kirsten says Kim's infringement is "knowing, willing and deliberate" -- and it's intended to dupe customers and screw with Kirsten's bottom line.

The great Dane wants the court to immediately block Kim from using 'KKW,' and to award her all of Kim's sizeable profits, and to punish KK by making her pay damages.

Justin Bieber Don't Blame Jesus For My Tour Debacle

7/25/2017 4:12 PM PDT

Justin Bieber is publicly denying religion played a role in him abruptly pulling the plug on his Purpose tour with just 14 shows to go.

Biebs was grabbing lunch Tuesday in Bev Hills when a pap asked about the sudden decision to quit. Justin seemed perplexed at the suggestion it had anything to do with his spirituality.

As TMZ first reported ... multiples sources connected with Hillsong Church, which Justin attends regularly, say he absolutely canceled the tour because he's "rededicated his life to Christ."

Justin claims he already told us what's wrong ... when he said he just needed to rest after 2 years on the road. 

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Reptile Smuggling Sssuspect Busted for King Cobras in Potato Chip Cans!

7/25/2017 3:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Three deadly king cobras were illegally shipped into the country under cover of U.S. postage stamps and potato chips.

Federal agents arrested a California man for smuggling the killer reptiles using the U.S. Postal Service back in March. The snakes were discovered by Customs and Border Protection agents who inspected the package and discovered the 2 foot long cobras -- each in its own potato chip canister. The cobras can grow up to 18 feet long. On the non-lethal side ... he also allegedly smuggled 9 turtles.

Feds say the man admitted similarly smuggling TWENTY other king cobras in 2 prior shipments ... but they were all DOA.

The sssuspect was charged Tuesday with one count of illegal importing and faces up to 20 years in prison.

As for the 3 cobras -- we're told 2 are in the San Diego Zoo, and the other is getting snake charmed ... by God. It died.

'Switched at Birth' Star Katie Leclerc Files for Divorce

7/25/2017 4:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the girls who got switched at birth on TV has asked a judge to switch her relationship status in real life ... Katie Leclerc wants a divorce.

The "Switched at Birth" star, who plays Daphne Vasquez on the show, filed court docs last week against her husband, Brian Habecost -- a real estate agent based in L.A. 

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Katie is asking the court to put the kibosh on any requests from Brian for spousal support.

The couple got hitched in September 2014, but never had any kids together.

Michael Phelps Tells Shark Race Haters ... Bite Me!!!

7/25/2017 2:07 PM PDT

Michael Phelps isn't taking a shred of blame for viewers' disappointment over him not racing an actual great white shark, and says he stands by the "incredible" made-for-TV event.

The 23-time Olympic gold medal winner opened himself up to his critics on Facebook and addressed the backlash from his Discovery Channel special. You'll recall, no doubt, Phelps lost to the shark ... but it was a CGI shark.

Phelps claims everyone involved in the man vs. beast production made it very clear what the "race" would entail, but people chose not to listen and now they're hatin' ... which he calls "shocking."

Speaking of shocking -- Michael didn't race a real shark, but REALLY did swim in 53 degree water!


Kylie Jenner Sued You Jacked My Lip Bite!!!

7/25/2017 1:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

5:45 PM PT -- Sources close to the production of "Life of Kylie" tell TMZ the lip design in question was independently created by a third party, and Kylie herself had nothing to do with the process.Kylie Jenner is the Robin Thicke of bleeding lip art ... and one artist is so fed up with KJ's "inspired by" argument that she's taking Jenner to court.

Sara Pope -- an experienced painter whose work has been featured in L.A., Japan, the UK and NYC art galleries -- says Kylie copied her "Temptation Neon" logo and used it to promote a new reality show.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Sara says she created her most famous piece of art in 2015 -- a bright, glossy set of lips in a "lip bite" pose. She says Kylie made her own eerily similar graphic, plastered it on social media and used it to promote "Life of Kylie."

Sara says Kylie's got a history of lifting other people's work ... pointing to the infamous Notorious B.I.G./Tupac Shakur t-shirt fiasco and yet another lip artist. She's suing Kylie and NBC Universal ... E!'s parent company.

We've reached out to Kylie's camp and E! ... so far no word back.

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