Jennifer Lopez hasn't been Jennifer Lopez for a long time, but she's Jennifer Lopez again. We'll explain.
It turns out ... JLo legally changed her name to Jennifer Muñiz when she married Marc Anthony (his real name is Marco Muñiz) and she never changed it back. The couple filed for divorce in April 2012, but it didn't become official until June 2014.
And JLo remained Muñiz until December 31, when court docs show her name legally reverted back to Jennifer Lopez.
JMu just doesn't have the same ring to it.
I'm Done With 'Idol' Marriage ...
But I'm Keeping the Dog
1/2/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Nikki Reed will be living on her own -- now that her divorce from ex "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald is finalized -- but she'll still have a guard dog by her side.
According to the final judgment in their split ... the biggest asset Paul's leaving the marriage with is the couple's Nashville home. Which is nice ... Music City for the music guy. Makes sense.
Nikki, on the other hand ... gets THREE other homes AND their "security dog" -- a German Shepherd named Enzo.
In the docs, Paul and Nikki agreed to waive off any spousal support.
One last thing ... cars. Nikki gets THREE of 'em -- a Range Rover, a Toyota Tundra, and a Toyota Rav4. The docs make no mention of a vehicle for Paul.
Good news for Uber.
Files for Divorce
12/30/2014 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Slash jumped the deadline issued by his wife, Perla and pulled the trigger on divorcing her ... TMZ has learned.
Slash filed divorce docs in L.A. on Tuesday ... citing irreconcilable differences. He lists their date of separation as June 15th, and is requesting joint physical and legal custody of their boys ... 12-year-old London and 10-year-old Cash.
They've been married since Oct. 2001.
TMZ broke the story ... Perla flew to Hawaii -- with their sons -- on Sunday night and told the guitar god he had until New Year's Day to clean up his issues.
Slash also filed divorce docs in 2010, but withdrew his petition two months later when he and Perla worked things out.
Lightning rarely strikes twice.
Swanky New Jeep
Cures Break-Up Blues
12/30/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jordin Sparks sent a clear message to her ex, Jason Derulo -- take your Beemer and shove it ... 'cause I just bought my OWN new wheels. new 4X4 to help get over the rocky split.
Last Christmas -- when they were still banging -- Derulo santa'd up and gave Sparks a flashy BMW ... complete with bows. But Jordin just went out and scooped up a Jeep Rubicon Unlimited for her 25th b-day.
And just to make sure everyone got the diss -- she also deleted Derulo's gift her from Instagram. She's said in interviews she would give it back.
The only remaining question: what does she do with all those big ass bows?
I Was Just Tired of Being Married
12/30/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Rock filed for divorce from his wife of 19 years for one simple reason ... he wasn't happy in the marriage, sources directly connected to the couple tell TMZ.
One source says this will be a "simple divorce" and that there is no third party involved -- Chris just did not want to continue in a marriage that was not fulfilling.
Although our sources say the divorce won't be contentious ... obviously there is some bad blood. As TMZ previously reported ... Rock complained Malaak has been preventing him from seeing their 2 daughters -- and he is asking for shared legal and physical custody.
Malaak issued a statement making it seem like they jointly came to the decision to split -- but Chris' people fired back ... making it clear HE was the one who filed for divorce.
Wife Says, Aloha ...
I'm Leaving You
12/30/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Slash's marriage is on the rocks -- TMZ has learned his wife has hightailed it out of L.A. and is already saying they're separated.
Sources close to the couple tell us Perla unexpectedly flew to Hawaii over the weekend with their 2 boys, and threw down a deadline of sorts -- telling Slash they need to work out their issues by New Year's or else.
It's unclear exactly what the issues are -- they've had plenty of blowups during 13 years of marriage -- but one source says ... "this time it's different." Although Perla is telling friends this a separation, we're told she hasn't filed legally.
We called Slash's reps -- they haven't gotten back to us -- but TMZ broke the story back in 2010, when Slash filed divorce docs ... only to withdraw the petition 2 months later.
We're told no one's mentioned the 'D' word this time around ... not yet. That could be especially messy since Perla is Slash's manager and runs all of his companies.
Giada de Laurentiis
My Marriage Is Cooked
12/30/2014 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The timer has gone off on the marriage between TV chef Giada de Laurentiis and her fashion designer husband Todd Thompson.
Giada -- who's been with Thompson since 2003 -- announced their split with a flowery Facebook post that makes it sound like this will be the most amicable break-up ever. In her post, Giada says they're moving forward separately, but doing what's best for their "family's happiness."
Giada and Todd have a 6-year-old daughter, Jade Marie.
No word on if either has filed divorce papers yet. They first separated back in July.
Chris Rock Divorce
Blasts Wife ...
You Can't Keep Our Kids From Me
12/29/2014 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Rock wants to make sure his now estranged wife doesn't punish him for divorcing her ... by keeping their kids away from him.
In his divorce docs, filed in NJ last Tuesday -- and obtained by TMZ -- Rock complains that Malaak has been preventing him from seeing their 2 daughters on a regular basis. He is asking for shared legal and physical custody of 12-year-old Lola and 10-year-old Zahra.
As for finances ... Rock acknowledges they had a prenup when they married in 1996 -- but says it's expired because they've been together for just over 18 years.
The split has been in the works for at least a month. In the docs, Rock says back in November they identified all the community property to be split up once they divorce.
Interestingly ... Rock points out Malaak has the "ability to work and contribute to her own support" -- which sounds like he's angling to reduce any spousal support payments.
Merry Ex-Mas ...
With Paula Patton
12/29/2014 11:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton spent Christmas Eve partying together -- and even though they're not reuniting -- based on pics from the bash ... some of her family wishes they would.
Robin looked like the most popular guy at the holiday fest thrown at Paula's house -- and her cousin posted photos of the singer all buddy-buddy with everyone in the fam. Except Paula.
A source close to Robin tells us it was totally normal for Paula to invite Robin because of their kid, Julian. But c'mon -- look at the photos -- it's not normal for her family to show him so much love.
As for Thicke's current GF April Love Geary -- she was NOT his plus one at Paula's crib. There are limits to forgiveness. Even at Christmas.
Files For Divorce
12/28/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Rock's marriage is kaput -- he's filed to divorce his wife of nearly 20 years.
Malaak Compton-Rock released a statement Sunday to People saying, "After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways."
She adds, "While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority."
Chris' lawyer confirmed he's already filed docs. TMZ broke the story ... back in 2006 Chris had divorce papers drawn up, but never filed once he and Malaak worked things out.
The 49-year-old comedian and his wife got married in 1996. They have two daughters -- 12-year-old Lola Simone and 10-year-old Zahra Savannah.
Karrueche and Chris Brown
He Loves Me Not,
He Loves Me!
12/25/2014 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown has gone from venomously putting Karrueche Tran on blast ... to giving her what looks like a small diamond mine.
Karrueche coyly posted the pic of her latest acquisitions ... courtesy of CB.
She's not saying if either is an engagement ring, but it's doubtful given that it's on the wrong hand.
It's certainly a major about face ... we spotted them the other night leaving Playhouse nightclub in Hollywood, the first time they've been publicly seen since their nuclear breakup.
Looks like he also gave her a pooch.
This one does answer to "bitch."
Nick Cannon Praises and
Trashes Mariah in New Album
12/25/2014 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mally Mall dropped one on us at LAX Wednesday ... saying he's doing an album with Nick Cannon next year and there are references to Mariah Carey ... some of which are NOT flattering.
The mega hip-hop producer first made it sound like Nick played nice in describing his relationship, but then he half took it back and said Nick's comments will be "controversial."
From all we've heard, Nick's trying to put a good face on his current relationship with Mariah, making it appear they're getting along much better as friends than as husband and wife.
Looks like that status could change.
Chris Brown & Karrueche
They Just Can't Quit Each Other
12/24/2014 7:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran loved, hated, loved, hated ... and apparently the pendulum has
We got video of the feuding exes leaving Playhouse early Wednesday morning. The two of them walk out of the club together, but appear to leave separately.
Karrueche was hosting a holiday party and toy drive at the club and there were flyers with her mug promoting the vent, so it's not like Chris didn't know she was there.
It actually seemed like this was a split for good, after CB went on stage and screamed "F*** Karrueche!"
Will this be the final chapter? Not a chance.