L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes has separated from his reality star wife Gloria Govan ... TMZ Sports has learned -- and sources close to the couple tell us it's all over "trust issues."
Barnes and Govan were married back in 2012 -- and have 5-year-old twin boys together.
Sources connected to the couple tell us Matt and "Basketball Wives: LA" star Gloria have been separated for about 6 weeks.
We're told they're still technically living in the same house -- but it's just temporary and it's just a matter of time before one of them moves out and they start the divorce process.
Maybe one of the biggest signs things were going south ... Matt hasn't posted a picture of Gloria on Instagram in months. And we haven't been able to find a picture of Gloria wearing her wedding ring since late-August.
Boxing Legend Hospitalized
'Not Out of the Woods Yet'
10/13/2014 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Boxing legend Leon Spinks -- who famously beat Muhammad Ali in 1978 -- is hospitalized in Las Vegas, TMZ Sports has learned ... and his friends say the situation is very serious.
Sources connected to the 61-year-old Olympic gold medal winner tell us ... Spinks underwent surgery this weekend for abdominal problems (his 2nd surgery for the issue) and there were complications during the surgery.
We're told the situation seemed dire at first ... but Spinks seems to be doing better.
Leon's wife issued a statement saying, "It's going to be a long road ahead, but he's strong and he's starting to recover."
Leon's good friend Tony Orlando -- the famous singer -- is asking people to "Please pray for my friend Leon Spinks" ... and said the boxer is "facing the greatest fight of his life."
Beyonce & Jay Z
Louvre Us Alone!
10/13/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce, Jay Z and baby Blue Ivy hit up the Louvre in Paris and they managed to score the most private tour of the museum ever.
The power couple posed for a photo in front of the Mona Lisa -- just them and Mona -- and walked around the rest of the place all by their lonesome.
The photos were taken last Tuesday, the day the museum is closed. A staffer tells TMZ it's not uncommon for people to take private tours on off days.
We're told a small museum staff came in (about 20-25 people), Beyonce and Jay were there for about an hour and a half, and they covered the costs of staffing the joint.
Hard knock life.
'Cajun Pawn Stars'
We Got Illegally Raided
Cops Jacked Our Sewer Snake
10/13/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The stars of "Cajun Pawn Stars" are being drummed out of business by cops who are out to get them ... stooping so low as to illegally seize a chain saw and sewer snake ... and now they are gunning for justice in court.
Jimmie DeRamus and his wife Peggy claim the Alexandria PD in Louisiana barged into their shop in June, claiming the shop -- which was featured on the History Channel -- was fencing stolen goods. Police tried seizing the saw and the snake but the owners refused to oblige because there was no search warrant.
Cops left but came back the very next day -- armed with a warrant -- and took the goods and more. DeRamus claims in a new lawsuit cops ran roughshod in the store, shutting it down and shoeing away customers. DeRamus says police also roughed up his brother, Johnnie.
DeRamus says the raid severely damaged their business and created a false impression the shop was a front for illegal activity, so he and his wife are suing the City and the PD for defamation.
Alleged Illegal Autograph Video
... Being Shopped
10/9/2014 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ Sports has learned ... someone is trying to shop video and pictures which they claim shows University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley illegally signing memorabilia ... and it could have been what triggered the NCAA to suspend the college football star.
Here's what we know ... the footage purportedly shows Gurley seated inside a car -- signing various helmets, pictures and jerseys.
Sources tell us ... there are photos from two separate autograph sessions and both happened fairly recently.
The people connected to the video are saying Gurley was paid to sign the memorabilia ... in violation of NCAA rules. The people connected to the video tell us Gurley was paid just shy of $2,000 for the two sessions.
We're also told the NCAA -- and UGA officials -- contacted the people shopping the footage ... though it's unclear if the video people cooperated with investigators.
Gurley was suspended indefinitely by UGA on Thursday. UGA would not reveal why he has been suspended.
We reached out to the NCAA, UGA and Gurley's family on multiple occasions -- so far, no comment from anyone.
Fired From 'Ted 2'
10/7/2014 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins has been booted off the upcoming "Ted 2" movie ... after TMZ broke the story that the actor admitted molesting and/or exposing himself to young girls.
Producers for the Seth MacFarlane sequel had hired Collins but production sources tell us he was almost immediately fired after TMZ posted the story.
TMZ has also learned ... Collins was the national co-director of The Committee for Stress-Free Schools, part of The David Lynch Foundation. A Foundation official tells us Collins contacted them 2 years ago and asked to be removed from his role for "personal reasons." When we called he was still on the website as the Co-Director. The website was immediately changed.
Back on the Dating Scene with a Hottie [VIDEO]
10/7/2014 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Strahan punched his ticket Monday night for the SMOKE SHOW ... as in the ridiculously hot chick he was out with in New York City.
Strahan was in full swag mode -- stepping out of his Bentley -- with a brunette AND a blonde, but as the group strolls into the Mercer Hotel, it's pretty obvious the brunette is THE CHICK ... and the blonde is just the friend.
TMZ has learned the brunette is Marianna Hewitt -- an Internet makeup blog host and former beauty queen -- and in the vid you see her start to hold Michael's arm (like a gf would) ... but then quickly stop herself.
We're told it's nothing serious though ... at most just a date. For now. This would be Michael's first public relationship since he and Nicole Murphy broke off their engagement.
On to the next one?
Police Investigation Launched
Stripper Says Drake's People Threatened Her ... Post Sex
10/6/2014 4:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A stripper claims Drake's people threatened her after the singer had sex with her ... and now there's an official police investigation ... TMZ has learned.
The Houston PD confirms to TMZ ... they've launched an investigation ... but the official document only identifies the male party as a "possible celebrity."
We've learned the stripper -- Jhonni Blaze -- told cops she and Drake had sex one time and he believed she was going to talk publicly about it.
Blaze says that's when Drake began "angrily" texting her. She says several people from Drake's camp then came to her house, banged on her door and threatened her life.
Blaze went to cops but says she's not sure if she wants to follow through and press charges.
Cops say they want to talk to the "celebrity."
Sources close to Drake tell us the allegations are absolutely not true.
Baby Daddy Surfaces
And Demands Custody
10/5/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fantasia Barrino says her baby daddy who is suing for custody of their teenage daughter is nothing but a deadbeat sperm donor.
Brandel Shouse claims in new legal docs he's a better parent than Barrino and he should be the primary parent for 13-year-old Zion. So he's gunning for physical and legal custody.
The former "American Idol" winner is incredulous ... claiming Shouse has NEVER had a relationship with or cared for Zion. She also says he's never given her a dime of financial support.
So Fantasia has decided if he wants to fight, then fight it is. Now she wants him to ante up child support. She says he's able bodied, employed and capable of earning substantial amounts of cash.
The two were high school sweethearts, but he was abusive to her and ended up pleading guilty to beating and choking her.
Shot by Cops in New Incident
10/3/2014 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The man who attacked Jonathan Cheban with a knife 4 months ago was shot and killed by NYPD officers Friday after a tense standoff.
Police say Denis Volchkin had ransacked his mother's home in Brooklyn and when officers arrived he was sitting on a couch with 3 knives next to him. Cops tried to talk him into surrendering, but he eventually lunged at them with one of the knives ... and they opened fire.
Volchkin was hit once in the body, and died later at a hospital.
Law enforcement sources, and Cheban himself, tell TMZ ... Volchkin is the same man who lunged at Jonathan when he was in a Brooklyn sushi joint back in May.
TMZ broke the story ... the "Keeping up with the Kardashians" regular was leaving the restaurant after Volchkin -- who had a knife on him -- tailed JC around the spot. When Volchkin made his move, Cheban's bodyguard punched him in the face and subdued him.
Witnesses say Volchkin appeared to have been on drugs during Friday's incident.
Barefoot And Loaded
... At Burbank Airport
10/3/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper Too Short just got away with a crime that lands most people in jail ... taking a loaded gun to an airport ... then fleeing in his socks.
The rapper was at Burbank Airport Thursday when he put his bag on the conveyor belt, and as it rolled he realized there was a loaded gun inside. We're told his reaction was immediately -- GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE.
Problem is ... Short's wallet and shoes were also on the conveyor, so he left in his socks and without cash.
We're told Too Short got in his car, drove off and called his lawyer and asked what to do. We're told the lawyer told him to go on his merry way and that he'd clean up the mess.
So according to our sources ... Short's lawyer, Keith Davidson, went to Burbank Airport and convinced authorities to merely ticket his client for misdemeanor firearms possession and not arrest him.
Meanwhile ... we're told Too Short went to nearby Van Nuys Airport and took a private jet to SFO.
Handguns ... leave home without them.
Young Jeezy Sued
You Jacked My Song
Claims Mystery Rapper
10/3/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Young Jeezy just got called out for allegedly ripping off a Wisconsin rapper ... who must be in witness protection because it's hard to find any trace of him or his so-callled hit song.
Christopher Syrrakos -- whose rap name is Big Chris -- claims Jeezy's summer hit, "Me OK" ... is just a ripoff of his song "13 shots."
In the suit, Chris claims he dropped "13 shots" a full 5 years before Jeezy's track.
But here's the odd thing ... we can't find a trace of Big Chris' song or album ("Big Chris Uncut") on Google, iTunes, or the Internet ... in general.
We suspect he'll surface ... IF he wins a cut of Jeezy's "Me OK" profits.
Still Wheelchair Bound
Walking is Now Questionable
10/1/2014 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tracy Morgan was seen Wednesday afternoon being wheeled into a New York City hospital ... and TMZ has learned he might not be ditching the chair anytime soon.
Morgan is still recovering from the horrific car crash back in June when a Walmart truck collided with his van. Sources close to Tracy tell TMZ ... Morgan's injuries stemming from that crash may prevent him from ever walking again without some kind of assistance.
Morgan has been feuding publicly with Walmart after it claimed in legal docs his injuries were due in part to the fact he wasn't wearing his seat belt.
Morgan responded by saying, "My friends and I were doing nothing wrong."