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Gwen Stefani

Files for Divorce

From Gavin Rossdale

8/3/2015 4:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0803_gwen_stefani_gavin_rossdale_TMZ_2Gwen Stefani has filed for divorce from her husband Gavin Rossdale, TMZ has learned.

Gwen cites irreconcilable differences in her divorce petition, which seeks to end their 13-year-marriage.

Gwen, who's repped by attorney Scott Weston, is asking for joint custody of the couple's 3 kids -- 9-year-old Kingston, 6-year-old Zuma and 1-year-old Apollo.

Gavin, who's repped by disso-queen Laura Wasser, filed his response at the same time, and he's also asking for joint custody. It's clear the petition and response were orchestrated to be filed simultaneously.

Sources tell TMZ there is no prenup, so the 50/50 California community property laws kick in. 45-year-old Gwen is worth a reported $80 million, and 49-year-old Gavin's worth an estimated $35 million. Given the length of the marriage, that will probably all go into one pot before it's divided.

Gwen checked the box on the form to deny Gavin spousal support.  

In a joint statement they said, "While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment." 


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Chris Brown

Fighting Back Against Bad Parenting Claims ...

I'm a Good Father!

8/3/2015 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Chris Brown believes he's an exceptional father to his daughter Royalty and plans to fight his baby mama's attempt to limit his custody to just supervised visits. 

According to our sources, Brown plans to file an opposition to Nia Guzman's request for full custody ... countering her claims that he's a bad father. Guzman has cited several issues with Chris' parenting and lifestyle, but we're told he has a comeback for each one.

First off, we're told Chris will argue he never puts his daughter in harm's way and has increased security at his home since the recent break-in.

Secondly, our sources says Chris will say he has never done drugs around Royalty.

Lastly, we're told Chris will argue he has never allowed "gang bangers" to be around his daughter.

Chris has filed his own docs to establish paternity so he can fight for joint custody, but so far a judge has not ruled.

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Britney Spears

Lifetime Conservatorship

8/3/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Britney Spears has been under a remarkably successful conservatorship for 7 1/2 years, and sources familiar with the situation tell us it could last a lifetime.

We're told there are no plans to end the conservatorship, even in the long term, and no one involved is complaining. As TMZ and every other media outlet reported, Britney was so bad off at the end of 2007 her family was in fear she would die.

After she was taken to the hospital on a psych hold, her dad, Jamie Spears, went to court and a conservatorship was established in January 2008. There are actually 2 conservatorships ... one for the person, and one for finances.  

Fact is ... the conservatorships have worked remarkably well. Britney -- who at her worst was on the verge of losing permanent custody of her kids -- is now by any standard a great parent. Jamie and Britney's doctors have stabilized her to the point she can successfully work and maintain a personal life.

As for the financial conservatorship, it has been a huge success. Last year alone the conservatorship raked in $14 million, and that's only a portion of Britney's financial machine. As one source said, before the conservatorship her finances were an absolute mess, and the ship has been fully righted. 

We're told Britney -- who has a team of lawyers and doctors, along with Jamie, managing the conservatorship -- has "substantial day-to-day freedom" to make her own decisions.

Short story ... if the conservatorship were to end, there would be significant risk she could backslide. The plan is to continue the conservatorship indefinitely ... because it works.

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Jericho the Lion

High Alert

For Poachers and Hunters

8/3/2015 12:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0802-jericho-lion-SPLASH-01Jericho the lion has a security team to ensure he isn't hunted and killed like his kindred spirit, Cecil.

An official from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force tells TMZ, a research team is monitoring Jericho's every move and are ready to pounce if anything looks suspicious.

Jericho has taken over alpha male duties for the pride, and if he's killed the animals that were once under Cecil's watch will be unprotected in the wild.

Researchers are tracking Jericho as best they can with a GPS device.

A report surfaced Saturday that Jericho was killed, which thankfully turned out to be false.  

Officials in Zimbabwe have put a ban on hunting lions around the park in question, and if any poachers are spotted in the area, authorities will take swift action.

D.L. Hughley

I'm So Pissed Off Trump's #1

8/3/2015 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

D.L. Hughley trashed Donald Trump, the other Republican candidates and voters all in around 60 seconds. 

Hughley was at LAX Sunday when our photog asked about Trump's ascendance in the polls to #1 among Republican hopefuls. 

Hughley is either disinterested or unaware of what has become apparent to many ... Trump has become the anti-establishment candidate who is a symbol of American's disdain for politicians.

Tyga

Sued for Overclubbing it in Vegas

8/3/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tyga is getting sued for club hopping in Vegas.

According to legal docs ... Kylie's BF signed a contract with a promoter to perform last summer at Body English for $25k. Part of the deal was that Tyga couldn't perform anywhere else in Vegas a week before the concert and a month after. It's called a "radius" clause, and it's really common.

The promoter -- Z Entertainment -- claims Tyga hopped onstage at another Vegas venue the night before the Body English gig. 

The promoter also says Tyga screwed them over when he was a no-show last November at a gig in Santa Monica. 

The promoter wants Tyga to fork over $100k in damages.

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Melanie Griffith

I’m A Renter Now

8/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0730_melanie_griffith_villa_main_launch1Melanie Griffith has gone from a mega homeowner to a renter, but don't feel sorry for her.

Melanie's living it up as a single chick in an awesome Hollywood Hills home after making a record amount of money off the digs she used to share with Antonio Banderas.  They scored $16 mil when they sold it earlier this year ... a record for the pricey Hancock Park area of L.A. 

Melanie’s new 4,725 sq. ft. Mediterranean villa has 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, a movie theater, sports court, and a large pool with a cabana overlooking the city.

She’s ponying up $50k a month for rent and with a 2-year lease she'll be paying more than a mil.

TMZ broke the story, Antonio and Melanie just recently finalized their divorce.

Dennis Rodman

Reeks of Booze at Car Wash

Cops Called

8/2/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0802-dennis-rodman-carwash-TMZ-01update_graphic_red_bar1:55 PM PST -- A rep for Dennis Rodman tells TMZ, Dennis had no intention of getting behind the wheel and his girlfriend drove to and from the carwash.

update_grey_gray_barFormer NBA star Dennis Rodman was wasted at a carwash Sunday morning in the O.C. ... at least according to several eyewitnesses, and it was bad enough that the cops were called ... TMZ Sports has learned.

It happened at a Costa Mesa car wash ...  several people came in close contact with him -- including employees -- say he smelled of alcohol and was acting weird.  We're told he walked up to a man and put his hand on his shoulder and said, "Hey white guy."  And they say he walked up to several girls, telling them they were hot and they should check out his boat in Newport.

Cops were called because people were concerned he might get behind the wheel after his car got spiffed up.  We're told the cops informed Rodman he could not drive away, and that's when a woman came up and offered to drive him home.  We're told Dennis obliged.

If Rodman was drinking he caught a break.  Even if it's common sense he drove to the car wash, cops can't arrest for misdemeanor DUI unless they see him behind the wheel.

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Whitney Houston Pal

Kelly Price

Cops Need To Take A Hard Look At Nick Gordon

8/2/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kelly Price, one of Whitney Houston’s longtime pals and collaborator on the Grammy-nominated “Heartbreak Hotel,” thinks Nick Gordon is worthy of suspect status in Bobbi Kristina's death.

Price was at LAX on her way to BK’s funeral, or rather “home going” -- she explains it in the video – when our photog asked her thoughts on Nick's possible involvement.

Price was extremely tight with Bobbi Kristina and her late mom … Whitney’s last performance was at Price’s annual pre-Grammy bash. 

Price wants closure for BK, but has her own idea on how investigators should handle it.

Roddy Piper

He Should Get a Statue

... Says Wrestling Star JTG

8/1/2015 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Roddy Piper deserves a monument ... to honor his incredible life and career ... so says former WWE star JTG.

JTG says he was a huge Piper fan from the first time he met the legend at Wrestlemania ... and says the guy was ALWAYS a warm, welcoming dude that would greet people with hugs and kisses.

As for the statue, it's just an idea for now ... but with how beloved Piper was -- ya gotta think, it's not out of the question.

Bobbi Kristina

Funeral Ends With

Send-Off From Whitney Houston

8/1/2015 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0801-bobbi-kristina-program-launch-getty-tmz-01The funeral for Bobbi Kristina has come to an end and Whitney Houston was the one to give her daughter a final goodbye. 

During the ceremony, members of both the Brown and Houston families spoke as well as Tyler Perry. The final song played was "Jesus Loves Me" by Whitney.

Although he was not listed as a speaker, Bobby Brown wrote a special message in the funeral's program which read, "I also will always love you."

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Leolah Brown

Booted from Bobbi Kristina's Funeral

8/1/2015 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Bobbi Kristina's funeral was interrupted Saturday morning by an outburst from Leolah Brown, Bobbi's aunt, who was swiftly removed from the church with the help of Tyler Perry.

An eyewitness tells TMZ, Pat Houston was getting ready to speak when Leolah began screaming, "Pat you know you are wrong for this!"

We're told security descended on Leolah and escorted her out. Tyler Perry followed to help diffuse the situation.

Leolah spoke with photogs outside of the service and made one thing clear ... she says Pat Houston will be haunted by the ghost of Whitney.

We're told Nick Gordon was not at the service. 

As we reported, the Browns and Houstons are feuding again. Several members of Brown's family are upset that Pat Houston has solicited funds instead of flowers for her charity.

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Bobbi Kristina Funeral

Brown Family Suspicious

Houstons Will Sneak Pic of Body

8/1/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0202-bobbi-kristina-instagram-6Bobbi Kristina’s funeral will be yet another family face-off -- the Browns are on high alert and worried the Houstons will sneak a photo of her dead body ... and sell it.

Sources close to the Browns tell TMZ ... they fear a repeat of what happened when Whitney Houston was laid to rest in 2012 ... when a photo of her body, in her casket, was snapped and ended up on the cover of a magazine. 

Since the Brown family was persona non grata at the funeral ... they believe someone from the Houston side was behind it.

Our sources say the Brown family plans to band together and stand guard ... and their eyes will be trained on the Houston family.

Pat Houston is managing the funeral, so it has all the makings of turning real ugly, real fast. 

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