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Levi Johnston

Changes His Tune

Hey Bristol, I'm Here To Help

6/29/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bristol Palin just got some support from her nemesis -- the baby daddy fighting her in a nasty custody war ... former fiance, Levi Johnston.

It's a strange twist. Levi, who shares 6-year-old Tripp with Palin, tells TMZ he and wife Sunny are going to do what they can to help raise her new kid. He says she's "a great mom."

And get this ... Levi says he's sorry for Bristol's string of bad luck, specifically mentioning the fact she called off her wedding.  

Palin posted a somber announcement on her Facebook page Thursday and noted that the pregnancy was a "huge disappointment" to her and her family, but Sunday she said the pregnancy was planned.

As for the whole kid out of wedlock thing, Levi says waiting to have kids until the parents tie the knot is the way to go, but he understands things happen ... they happened to him. 

Strange words for someone fighting for custody. 

Chris Brown

Royalty's Celebrating Father's Day with Me!!!

6/21/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0619-chris-brown-royalty-first-fathers-day-TMZ-GETTY-COMPOSITE-fun-art-01Chris Brown is throwing a party for himself, but the guest of honor will really be his 1-year-old girl, thanks to his baby mama.

Chris was supposed to do the ol' hand off Friday ... Royalty's been with him all week. He told Nia Guzman he desperately wanted to throw a party for Father's Day, and Nia agreed to extend the visit a few extra days to accommodate him.

So here's what's in store for Royalty ... tacos, enchiladas, and other fixins all catered by rapper T-Rell's mom, a bounce house, swimming and entertainment.

Chris has invited his pals who have kids. We're told Tyga may stop by with King Cairo.

As for why Nia -- who's in a bitter custody and child support fight with Chris -- decided to bend ... we're told she doesn't want to come off like a bitter mom.

Baby steps.

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Chris Brown

Hoes ARE Loyal ...

About Jacking My Cash!

6/18/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A ticket to a Chris Brown concert buys you some serious life lessons from Breezy himself, who stopped his El Paso show to vent about baby mama drama.

“Girls – they don’t get your money, “ Breezy told the fellas in the crowd, “Get your money but be smart, man. Everybody be smart.”

Translation: keep it in your pants if you don’t want to dish out child support checks.

Brown’s been at odds with his baby mama Nia Guzman over child support for their one-year-old daughter Royalty. She allegedly wanted $15k a month ... six times more than the previous monthly check.

Check out Chris' pearls of wisdom -- which include comparing himself to President Obama.

Child support vs. War on ISIS? Doubtful.

Dr. Drew

Dwight Howard's Baby Mama Has a Point

6/15/2015 4:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dwight Howard's baby mama wasn't talking out of her ass with that whole "celeb kids have psychological baggage" argument ... this according to an expert in the field, Dr. Drew

We broke the story ... a woman named Tiffany is demanding more child support from the NBA star -- and part of her argument is that her child will likely need expensive therapy sessions later on to "deal with the unique issues involved in being the child of a celebrity."

So, we asked Dr. Drew if there was any weight to her argument ... and he explained why it's "not totally unreasonable."

Drew acknowledged there is some added stress that goes along with being the child of a famous person ... but says it's not really a problem that money can cure. 

Drew does have some advice for the NBA star ... and this time, it's free of charge. 

Mel Gibson, Oksana Grigorieva

New Court Battle Over Lucia (UPDATE)

6/12/2015 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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11:30 PST:  We've learned Mel walked out of court victorious. The judge is allowing Mel to take Lucia to Australia for 1 month and keep her in L.A. an additional 2 weeks before he leaves the country.  

We're also told there was a dispute over which kindergarten school Lucia would attend and the judge sided with Mel.

On the bigger issue of ongoing contention, we're told Mel and Oksana both told the judge they're working on being able to better co-parent.  

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Mel Gibson and baby mama Oksana Grigorieva are about to square off in court this morning ... and it's all about their 5-year-old daughter Lucia.

TMZ has learned, Mel is about to go to Australia to do a movie and wants to take his daughter with him for the summer. We're told Oksana objects, so they'll be making their respective cases before the family law judge. 

Our sources say the contention between Mel and Oksana on issues of child-rearing has not subsided ... there are many conflicts. 

And this is interesting ... we've learned Mel is extremely involved in Lucia's life. In fact, the judge has continually increased his custody of Lucia over the years, to the point where he now has physical custody of his daughter slightly more than 50% of the time.  

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Dwight Howard

Baby Mama Sues

You Screwed Me Out of a Fortune!!

6/10/2015 11:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0610-dwight-howard-TMZ-01$10,000 per month is WAYYY TOO LOW for child support when it comes to Dwight Howard ... this according to one of his baby mamas who says Dwight has been screwing her out of serious dough and now she wants to collect.  

The Houston Rockets star is being sued in Florida ... by a woman who claims she and Dwight struck a private deal back in 2013 that required him to fork over $10k per month in child support.  

But according to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports, the woman (Tiffany) says Howard hasn't lived up to his end of the bargain ... and since January, has only paid her HALF of what he owes.  

Tiffany says the financial slight has forced her to reconsider their arrangement ... and since he makes more than $27 MILLION per year in salary and endorsements, she wants a bigger slice of the pie.  

The kid is currently 4 years old ... and Tiffany says she needs the cash to put the child in expensive private schools, pay for extracurricular activities and fund social activities like birthday parties and sleepovers that will help the kid make friends.  

Tiffany also says ... since the child has a famous father, she'll need extra cash for therapy to "deal with the unique issues involved in being the child of a celebrity." 

We reached out to Dwight's camp for comment -- so far, no word back.  

Jodie Sweetin

Fighting to Keep Daughters

In the Same School

6/7/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jodie Sweetin's in a nasty battle with her estranged husband over where their 4-year-old does arts and crafts and takes naps -- 'cause kindergarten is serious business.

Jodie filed legal docs saying she and Morty Coyle can't agree on where little Beatrix starts her education. In the docs, Jodie says she wants the kid to go to the same school as her big sis, 7-year-old Zoie ... because they're really tight.

The ex "Full House" star claims her ex wants Beatrix to go to another school ... which just so happens to be closer to his house. 

Stephanie Tanner pours it on heavy in the docs -- saying she's a PTA superstar who regularly participates in events at the kid's school ... such as the "Willy Wonka" musical, and pajama rama. 

Jodie and Morty share custody of Beatrix, but she wants a judge to give her the deciding vote on this issue. 

Kelly Rutherford

Not So Fast ...

Custody Victory Hits Snag

5/29/2015 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Gossip Girl" star Kelly Rutherford's victory in her child custody battle with her ex has proven to be short-lived ... because a judge undid the ruling ... leaving the kids in Monaco with their father.

A California judge sided with Rutherford last Friday, giving her the right to bring her 8-year-old son Hermes and 6-year-old daughter Helena back from Monaco, where they have been living with their father, Daniel Giersch, since 2012.

But now another judge just ruled that the judge who granted Rutherford custody may have been unaware that Monaco has jurisdiction in the case.

Giersch's attorneys argued that Rutherford's legal team tried to pull a fast one by filing for custody in California on the Friday before the Memorial Day holiday ... when they knew Monaco already had the authority to rule.

The judge in California and the judge in Monaco will hash this all out on the phone during a conference call scheduled for June 11.

Michelle Rounds to Rosie

I Want Full Custody…

Of Our Baby Pictures

5/25/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-rosie-odonnell-michelle-rounds-tmzRosie O’Donnell's divorce has gotten so bitter it's gone from fighting in divorce court to battling over the rights to Instagram.

Michelle Rounds is on the attack, claiming she took a picture of their daughter, Dakota, and Rosie had the nerve to post it on Instagram.

Michelle says the law is crystal clear -- she took the pic so she owns the rights to it, and therefore Rosie has no right to post the pic anywhere.

Michelle has contacted Instagram, demanding that the pic be scrubbed from the site. So far the company has taken no action.

Rosie and Michelle are both under a gag order, prohibited from disparaging each other in the media ... social or otherwise. 

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'Gossip Girl' Star Kelly Rutherford

Help Me, Obama!

Get My Kids Outta Monaco

5/13/2015 1:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former "Gossip Girl" star Kelly Rutherford hopes President Obama can do what the legal system hasn't ... get her kids out of Monaco, and end an international custody war with her ex-husband.

Kelly was on TMZ Live talking about the online petition encouraging the prez to step in on her behalf. She finally got the required 100,000 signatures on Tuesday when Kim Kardashian signed and retweeted it to her legion of fans.

Kelly's been battling Daniel Giersch ever since he got a California court's permission years ago to take their son and daughter to France. Giersch claimed he couldn't re-enter the U.S. due to visa issues. Kelly says he's now had their kids declared "habitual residents" of Monaco.

She's desperate for the State Department to throw her a bone, and protect her children's rights as U.S. citizens. It's a crazy saga ... check out her plea to Obama.

Tyga

Blac Chyna's Just Bitter

She Can't Have Me!

5/13/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tyga is sure Blac Chyna's custody play has nothing to do with parenting and everything to do with the fact he is with Kylie Jenner, and not her.

Sources close to Tyga tell TMZ, he doesn't think his relationship with Kylie is any reflection on his ability to be a good dad ... and no one -- not even BC -- can legitimately question his parenting skills.

We're told Tyga believes any attempt to wrestle custody away from him is simply because he chose KJ over BC.  

Our sources say Tyga thinks if anyone is questionable it's Blac Chyna, whom he claims cares more about twerking than raising their son.  

The couple does not have a formal custody arrangement, but it seems they are headed for an all-out custody war. 

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Mr. Brainwash

I Ain't Banksy ...

But I Am Single

5/13/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Unfortunately for Mr. Brainwash life is not imitating art these days -- the eccentric graffiti artist famous for his “Life Is Beautiful” tag ... is in the middle of a divorce. 

Mrs. Brainwash ... who actually goes by Debora Guetta ... cut bait on their almost 19 year marriage, citing irreconcilable differences in divorce docs filed last month. She says they separated on April 20.

Debora is requesting spousal support from Brainwash -- who starred in the 2010 Banksy doc, "Exit Through the Gift Shop." She also wants sole physical and joint legal custody of their 13-year-old son. She's cool with Brainwash having visitation. 

As far as assets go -- no details in the docs, but keep in mind some of Brainwash's pieces sell for well over $100k ... so chances are there's some cash to split up. 

The biggest tragedy here ... we still don't know who the hell Banksy is!

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Tyga

Blac Chyna to Fight for Full Custody

5/12/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511-blac-chyna-tyga-TMZ-01Tyga is about to do battle with his baby mama because we've learned Blac Chyna is now gunning for full custody of their son.

Sources connected with Blac Chyna tell us she hired a top divorce lawyer last week and will file legal docs asking for primary physical custody. She does not want 2-year-old King Cairo bouncing from home to home during the week because he's going to start preschool soon.

But Chyna's issues run deeper. She has a problem with Tyga because he's dating a minor, and she believes that shows bad judgment that translates into his parenting skills. Chyna also doesn't want Kylie Jenner to have substantial time around the kid because she believes Kylie lacks maturity.

She's willing to give Tyga weekend visitation, but that's it.

We've learned when Tyga and Blac Chyna separated, he initially wanted full custody but backed off and said he would share joint custody, but now the tables have turned.

And we're told Blac Chyna wants child support to cover housing expenses, food, clothing, nannies and school.

But Blac Chyna played a different tune Monday night when our photog asked about her relationship with Tyga ... downplaying any beef between them.

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