Lea Michele stepped out publicly for the first time with her new guy Matthew Paetz ... but the photos look about as genuine as Matthew's claim that he wasn't a gigolo.
The pics show Lea and Matthew, guns out, on a leisurely hike -- and look like classic set up shots pre-planned with photo agencies. They're even wearing matching sneakers.
Our take -- Lea is screaming to the world she doesn't care about Paetz's past -- remember he claims he was only coaching gigolos, not doing the gigoloing himself.
Or maybe she's just showing off her new project -- a bad boy to fix.
It's A Lie
I'm NOT Fired From 'Glee!!!'
7/3/2014 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chris Colfer has NOT been fired from "Glee" -- despite a mysterious tweet that said he was -- and he may be the victim of an Internet hoax ... according to his rep.
The tweet appeared just a few minutes ago ... from his verified account ... saying, "Due to personal issues, I have been let go from the cast of GLEE. Explanations will come shortly..."
We're told ... his team believes his account was hacked because he's currently on a flight back from London without WiFi access.
The rep says, as far as she knows, Chris will be back for the next season of "Glee."
My New BF Is NOT A Gigolo
He's A Dating Coach
6/12/2014 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lea Michele is standing by her man ... TMZ has learned the "Glee" actress has decided to keep dating new BF Matthew Paetz because she's convinced he's no gigolo -- he just coaches 'em.
Sources close to the couple tell us ... Lea was PISSED after we broke the story about Paetz's involvement with Cowboys4Angels -- a website that offers male "companionship" -- and confronted him about it.
We're told Matthew copped to going on a few dates with female clients ... but told Lea he only did it as research -- so he could understand what the gigolos go through and coach them through it.
This guy is good ... 'cause we're told Lea actually bought it, and Matt promised he'd never do it again.
Our sources tell us Lea's not getting the full story ... because Paetz has had more than just "a few" dates while working as a gigolo for almost a year.
Lea Michele's New Boyfriend
6/11/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lea Michele is getting for free what other women pay good money for -- her new beau has been moonlighting as a gigolo.
Lea has been quietly dating Matthew Paetz for the last few months ... she has very consciously kept the relationship on the down low.
Sources close to the couple tell us ... Matthew has been a hired gun for Cowboys4Angels under the alias, Christian.
Cowboys4Angels -- which offers male "companionship" to lonely women -- is featured on Showtime's, "Gigolos."
According to the website ... Matthew is a certified life coach, dating expert and massage therapist ... charging $350 for one hour and up to $6,000 for a weekend. For $17,500 you can get a whole week.
Matthew's profile is now hidden on the site.
We're told Lea and Matthew met on the set of her music video, "On My Way."
Sources tell us ... Matthew most recently took on a client for a weekend during the Stagecoach music festival in April. He's gone on hiatus since he started dating Lea.
Reps for both Lea and Cowboys4Angels had no comment.
'Glee' Star Lawsuit
I Was Swindled in Hollywood!
5/12/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Glee" actor Josh Sussman says he was taken for nearly $30K ... when he tried to make a movie with a phantom production company.
Sussman claims in a lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he made a deal with Mikel Dusi and Gold Rush Pictures to develop a feature film called, "Wally's Revenge" -- not realizing the company had been defunct for 2 years.
The actor claims he forked over $30K to help develop the project ... and says Dusi promised to return the dough within 90 days -- plus 20% -- after they got financing for the flick.
It's the oldest story in Hollywood. Sussman claims not only is Dusi refusing to return the money, Dusi had the gall to demand another $50K if Sussman wants to buy out his interest.
Like P.T. Barnum said ...
Fired? Maybe ...
On Fire? DEFINITELY
5/5/2014 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Confirms Naya Rivera Was Fired From 'Glee'
... Or Doesn't
4/30/2014 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Glee" star Jane Lynch either knows Naya Rivera was fired from "Glee," but didn't know everyone else knew ... or didn't know Naya Rivera was fired from "Glee" and just heard the rumor for the first time ... or knows Naya Rivera was NOT fired from "Glee," but hadn't heard the rumor that she was ...
Rumors have been swirling all week, ever since TMZ first reported that Naya and Lea Michele got into a HUGE argument on the set of the show.
We tried to ask Lynch about it yesterday ... but we can't tell what she's saying in the video.
Watch for yourself and decide.
Raged to 'Glee' Producers
Lea's Out of Control
4/17/2014 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Naya Rivera and Lea Michele were at the center of a near mutiny on the set of "Glee" that ended with one of them storming out in anger -- but who left ... depends on who you ask.
Sources close to Naya tell TMZ most of the cast and crew were annoyed on Tuesday by Lea's diva antics -- like making everyone else wait to shoot a scene ... while she stepped away to deal with personal matters.
We're told tensions finally got so bad Naya "had the stones" to go to producers and let them know -- on behalf of everyone -- that Lea was pissing off people.
Our Naya sources say when Lea returned to resume shooting she got wind of Naya's chat with producers -- and left the set in a huff.
Now our Lea sources had a different take -- telling us Lea was totally unaware of any complaints about her ... and Lea and Naya weren't even shooting scenes together. They also say it was Naya who got tossed off the set.
We got several tips claiming Naya was fired -- but Naya sources say that's just not true.
Drama developing ...
Big Sean & Naya Rivera Split
Couples Therapy Made Me Realize
I WANTED OUT!
4/10/2014 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Big Sean broke off his engagement to Naya Rivera because he was scared off by her violent fits of anger and jealousy.
As we reported, the rapper announced yesterday he and Naya had called off their wedding -- we're told B.S. made the decision weeks ago after realizing his fiancee was way too controlling.
Our sources say Naya demanded to know where he was at all times and would threaten him by saying things like, "If you don't listen to what I say, I'll ruin your career."
We're told she was suspicious whenever Sean was with other women and would work herself up into jealous rages ... once breaking an expensive lamp during a rampage in his home.
We're also told Big Sean and Naya went to couples counseling -- which apparently worked because Sean realized how much he HATED being a couple ... and decided to get the hell out.
We've reached out to Naya's camp ... but so far, no response.
Big Sean to Naya Rivera
But I Didn't Jack Your Jewelry
4/9/2014 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The split between Big Sean and Naya Rivera is already turning nasty -- with Naya accusing the rapper of stealing expensive jewelry from her house.
Sean's rep announced today that Sean had called off their engagement and wedding ... but insisted "recent rumors and accusations" had nothing to do with the breakup -- a reference to reports claiming he cheated.
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... the cheating rumors are 100% false and that Sean actually made the decision to call off the wedding weeks ago. We're told he thought Naya was too controlling and too jealous of the women he worked with and met on tour.
The "Glee" star took to Twitter today to accuse BS of thievery ... claiming he stole a pricey Rolex watch from her. But sources tell us the watch was Sean's in the first place -- he bought it for himself when he became successful. We're told Sean gave it to Naya to wear ... but it was never hers to keep.
So, Big Sean leaves the relationship with his watch, his enormous member ... and their potential to attract new women.
Cory Monteith Death Report
Injecting Heroin, Slamming Alcohol
10/2/2013 1:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cory Monteith was shooting heroin and downing champagne in his hotel room on the night of his death ... this according to the final coroner's report obtained by TMZ.
The "Glee" star was discovered alone in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada on July 13 shortly after noon.
When responders arrived to the scene, they discovered a "spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle."
They also found 2 empty champagne bottles and glasses.
The coroner lists Monteith's official cause of death as "mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol."
The report also notes that Cory "had a history of illicit drug use with intermittent periods of rehabilitation and of abstinence from drugs."
The coroner suggests that Cory's tolerance for substance abuse may have been lower than usual because he had stopped using since a rehab stint in April.
Monteith was 31.
If You Want Marriage Tips ...
I Got Nuthin'!
9/24/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When it comes to Jane Lynch and marriage ... she wants you to know the doctor is NOT in -- and yes, you can take that a couple of different ways.
We caught up with Jane outside her usual spot ... Kings Road Cafe, where she was chilling with Matt Sorum -- the Velvet Revolver drummer and soon-to-be groom -- and we've never seen her laugh this hard.
Jane absolutely busted up when we asked if she was giving Matt tips on achieving marital bliss. Her response is hysterical ... and maybe a little sad.
TMZ broke the story ... the "Glee" star is divorcing her wife, Dr. Lara Embry -- though she seems totally chill with the sitch in this clip.
Delivers Warts & All Tribute to Cory
Klugman's Son Be Damned
9/23/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
ane Lynch just delivered a powerful tribute at the Emmys for her "Glee" costar Cory Monteith ... that definitely won't make Jack Klugman's son feel any better.
Jane pulled no punches during the speech ... reminding the audience Cory "wasn't perfect" -- and referred to his death as a reminder of the dangers of addiction.
Klugman's death was acknowledged later in the show during a montage.