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Ben Affleck

Even Jen Doesn't Believe

He Messed with JLo

7/2/2015 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0702-ben-affleck-jen-lopez-jen-garner-tmz-01Jennifer Garner has issues with Ben Affleck for sure, but they have nothing to do with Ben's former fiancee, Jennifer Lopez.

Sources directly connected with the couple tell us, neither Ben nor Jen have even raised JLo's name in their decision to divorce. More specifically, we're told Garner has no issue on that front ... it's not about JLo.

The stories about Ben and JLo started circulating after Ben walked over to Jen during the Oscars, said something, and walked away as she brushed his arm. 

That said, on the other hand, our sources will not say Ben and Jen never argued about other people during their marriage. 

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Ben and Jen

Career Explosion Torpedoed Marriage

7/1/2015 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-ben-affleck-jennifer-garner-TMZ-02Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced NOT because of his drinking and gambling, but because he's become such hot property in Hollywood, she felt neglected ... so say some well-placed sources.  

There are clearly 2 views on the demise of the marriage. As we first reported, some sources with a bird's-eye view have told us Jen was fed up with Ben's booze and blackjack habits. But other sources who are also very familiar with the couple are saying when push came to shove, Jennifer made no mention of alcohol and gambling ... her beef was that Ben wasn't a "present husband."

Fact is ... Ben has had back-to-back film projects for several years, and spent much of his time out of town. The sources say Jen felt ignored and neglected, and they argued frequently over it.

These sources say this has nothing to do with Ben being a neglectful dad. Quite the opposite, they say he's a great dad who does everything he can for the kids. And, we're told, she didn't really have any beef about his parenting skills ... her  problem was with Ben as a husband.

In the end, we're told the breakup was mutual. Ben felt he was a good husband, who was juggling his career and family, but it wasn't enough for her.

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Jennifer Garner

'Fed Up' With Ben's Gambling, Drinking

7/1/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jennifer Garner reached her breaking point with Ben Affleck's drinking and gambling and that's why she pulled the plug on their marriage ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.

Our sources (not surprisingly) have two views of what happened ... some align with him and some with her.

The Jen sources say Ben's drinking and gambling have escalated over the last few years to the point "she couldn't take it anymore." Ben's sources also say he likes to drink and loves to gamble ... in fact, Ben has rhapsodized about gambling in interviews.

Sources say "partying" had nothing to do with their problems. Ben did not go out and did not womanize ... Jen complained he just drank and gambled too much.

As for our Ben sources, they say it's really just about 2 people who want to live their lives differently. His people say they've been in therapy for more than 2 years -- he even mentioned his marital problems during his 2013 Oscar acceptance speech. They add the couple has been separated for 10 months, so there was no recent "breaking point."

0701-ben-affleck-playing-blackjack-tmz-7Ben's gambling is well-documented. TMZ got photos of the actor last September during a high-stakes blackjack session in Detroit. And TMZ broke the story, Ben was banned from the Hard Rock in Vegas in late April 2014 for counting cards.

The other thing our Ben sources say ... he wins big in gambling.

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Sherri Shepherd

Settles Divorce

Rolls Over on Child Support, Sorta

7/1/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0630_sherri_shepherd_lamar_sally_tmzSherri Shepherd's nasty divorce and custody battle is finally over ... and stunningly, she has agreed to pay child support for the kid she disavowed from birth ... but with a catch.

Our sources say, Sherri and estranged hubby Lamar Sally have struck a settlement agreement in which the ex-'View' co-host will pay $4,100 a month in child support. The monthly obligation increases to $4,600 when the kid turns 13.  

Remember, Sherri fought Lamar tooth and nail in court, claiming he defrauded her into getting a surrogate to carry a baby for the purpose of getting child support.

Now for the catch. According to the settlement agreement, Sherri is allowed to pursue her fraud claim and if the appeals court rules in her favor, her child support obligations will disappear. 

And there's a Sofia Vergara twist ... the couple has embryos in storage and Sherri wants them destroyed. Lamar is undecided. According to the settlement, if Lamar chooses to bring the embryos to term, Sherri will not have to pay child support.

Sherri's not walking away completely empty-handed ... she'll get to hold onto the rights to her show, "Funny Mothers" which is currently in development.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner

No Prenup

No Money Problems

6/30/2015 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_BEN_AFFLECK_JENNIFER_GARNER_TMZBen Affleck and Jennifer Garner did not build a financial wall between them before getting married, because we've learned there is no prenup ... and get this, he's not that much richer than her.

Multiple informed sources tell TMZ, Ben and Jen's business managers are busy figuring out how to divide what we are told is a fortune.  We're told they both have accumulated many millions. Jen made a "massive amount of money" off of "Alias," which went into syndication, as well as a string of movies, including "13 Going on 30" and "Elektra." 

Ben has made a ton of money, but a number of his projects were independent films where the cash wasn't as plentiful.  

Short story ... they're both rich, but it's not like she needs his money.  

It's unlikely she'll get spousal support because of her wealth, but she doesn't need it. The trick is dividing the community property, which we're told is going smoothly so far.

As for the "10 year rule" -- meaning a judge would give her more spousal support due to the length of the marriage -- we're told 2 things:  A) their decision had nothing to do with it  B) she's loaded and doesn't need support. 

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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner

Getting Divorced

6/30/2015 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_BEN_AFFLECK_JENNIFER_GARNER_TMZ_2Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their 10 year marriage ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the couple, whose anniversary was yesterday, will file for divorce.

Although they will file for divorce, it won't be done immediately. They are working things out with a mediator and business managers, sources tell TMZ. The divorce will be filed when all of the property and custody issues are resolved. 

We're told the divorce is amicable and Ben and Jen will share joint custody of their 3 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 9.

The couple says, "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private family matter. Thank you for understanding."

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Michael Sam & Vito

All Signs Point to Breakup

6/30/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629_michael_sam_Vito-Cammisano_TMZHold off on the wedding gifts ... 'cause it seems Michael Sam and his fiance Vito Cammisano are DUNZO ... just 6 months after the couple got engaged. 

Sam's people and Vito's camp are being unusually tight lipped about the couple's official status -- but the signs are all over social media. Here are the clues ... 

Clue #1 -- Michael has REMOVED several affectionate photos of himself and Vito from Twitter and Instagram recently, including their famous engagement pic taken at St. Peter's Basilica.   

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Clue #2 -- The couple hasn't been spotted together in almost 2 months ... even when Sam left the Montreal Alouettes under mysterious circumstances earlier this month.  Bizarre for an engaged couple, right? Also, no tweets of concern or support from Vito. 

Clue #3 -- Vito, an aspiring video blogger, just published his very first YouTube video this week ... and he's not wearing his engagement ring. Again, unusual for Vito, who had been sporting the ring EVERYWHERE ... from the Vegas pool scene to hikes at L.A.'s famous Runyun Canyon. 

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Sam and Vito were college sweethearts -- they met in 2009 at the University of Missouri but didn't start dating until 2011. They broke up during Sam's senior year in college, but got back together. 

We reached out to both camps multiple times -- but no one's saying a word ... which is super weird considering how public their relationship has been in the past. 

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Chris Martin

Late Night with Kylie Minogue

... Hunger Games Over?

6/24/2015 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0624-main-chris-martin-kylie-minogue-inf-01Chris Martin was arm-in-arm with Kylie Minogue -- at 1:30 AM in a London park -- which may or may not be news to his GF of several months.

Chris and Kylie were strolling together early Monday morning after her concert in Hyde Park -- and the late/early hour of has some people thinking he and Jennifer Lawrence are dunzo.

J-Mart seemed pretty tight earlier this month snuggled up in the back of Bono’s SUV, and it's entirely possible Chris and Kylie were just a couple of non-banging pals getting fresh air.

Y'know what they say, though -- the nighttime is the right time. For what? We'll leave that up to Jennifer. 

Britney Spears

Not Dating Random Louisiana Guy ...

Just Showing Him Off

6/23/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0621_britney_spears_with_new_man_instagramThe hot guy Britney Spears posed with on a boat is NOT her new BF, but she did go out of the way to make sure everyone saw them getting cozy ... one day before news broke she was single again.

According to our sources, Britney was at a lake in Louisiana on Sunday with some friends and family when the guy -- a local boat handler named Harris -- asked Brit for a pic.

She obliged, but we're told for some reason Brit asked to take the photo with HER camera, and Harris was shocked when SHE posted it with the caption, "So nice to be home! Nothing like Louisiana boys." 

We're told there's nothing more to it than that -- just a down home girl appreciating the down home scenery.

As we reported, Britney's single again after an amicable split from Charlie Ebersol.

She could do worse than good ole Harris, btw.

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Gigi Hadid & Cody Simpson

First Class Trip

To Awkward, U.S.A

6/22/2015 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0622-gigi-hadid-cody-simpson-flight-together-SNAPCHAT-01The chances exes Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson would end up seated next to each other on the same flight -- 100%, of course. 

Somehow, the former couple ended up elbow-to-elbow in first class as they jetted out of Toronto. Cody didn't look too bent out of shape though in a snapchat he posted ... with the caption, "when u get seated next to ur ex on a plane."

They were both at the Much Music Video Awards over the weekend, and reportedly managed to avoid each other. No such luck on the way home.

Joe Jonas' ears must have been burning

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Britney Spears

She's Single

Again, Y'all!!

6/22/2015 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0621_britney_spears_charlie-ebersol_tmz_gettyBritney Spears is once again on the market ... she's split from boyfriend Charlie Ebersol

Sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... Britney and Charlie -- who had been dating for the past eight months -- did not have a messy breakup. It kinda looked like it was because Brit deleted several pics of him from social media, but we're told it was more that the relationship simply ran its course.

As TMZ first reported, when the pair got together -- before their first date, even -- Brit's dad made Charlie sign a non-disclosure agreement ... so don't count on him spilling the beans on the relationship any time soon.

Plus, Ebersol's no stranger to the fame game -- he's a TV producer whose dad is sports media legend/"Saturday Night Live" co-creator Dick Ebersol.  

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Princess Love

Ray J Gave Away

MY Bentley!

6/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ray J's ex Princess Love lost way more than a BF when they broke up -- she lost the freakin' BENTLEY she bought with her own dough!

The "Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood" star is calling BS on Ray J's claim that HE bought the whip for her last year. Princess was in Bev Hills -- walking, mind you -- when she claimed SHE paid for it, but Ray J jacked it back.

Princess accepts some of the blame though since she's the "dumb ass" who put the car in Ray J's company's name. But she IS pissed about what he did with it after they split. 

Don't cry for her too much -- Princess is strolling into Cartier in this clip.  

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Rihanna, Chris Brown

Under Same Roof

With a Twist

6/20/2015 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rihanna partied with her new boyfriend and the old one who beat her.

It seemed like just another night at Henry's in West Hollywood Saturday at 12:52 AM when Rihanna showed up.  Then -- 3 minutes later -- Chris Brown shows up and walks inside.  There's no sign of Rihanna's new BF, soccer star Karim Benzema.

Fast forward to 2:01 AM.  Chris leaves the club.  Exactly 1 minute later, Rihanna makes her exit.  And then, at 2:04 AM, Karim surfaces and leaves the club.

We don't know if Chris and Rihanna interacted or if it was really awkward, but watch the video and judge for yourself.

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