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UFC's Paige VanZant

Basically Confirms She's Dating UFC Star

6/30/2015 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Paige VanZant doesn't seem to be afraid of anything ... except when it comes to confirming that she's OFFICIALLY dating a fellow UFC fighter  -- though it's pretty obvious it's on and crackin'. 

VanZant was out in NYC when we just had to ask her about UFC rising star Cody Garbrandt -- who she's been hanging out with A LOT recently.

In fact, they recently had a movie date night together ... and she made him her "Man Crush Monday" just two weeks ago. 

0630-paige-vanzant-ufc-cody-no-love-INSTAGRAM-01Check out the clip -- Paige gets all adorably flustered when we mention Cody's name ... and plays coy when we ask if the two are a real deal item.

We would have pressed her more ... but we didn't want to get our asses kicked.

Sean Penn

Charlize Who?

Gives Minka Kelly Birthday Dinner of a Lifetime

6/30/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Sean Penn and Charlize Theron called it quits just 2 weeks ago, and he's already doing his laundry with another hot chick.

These pics were taken last Tuesday at French Laundry, the uber-fancy/delicious/exclusive restaurant in the Napa Valley. Sean was celebrating Minka Kelly's 35th birthday, along with 3 other people.

They were by no means hush hush ... people at other tables heard Sean tell the other 3 he and Minka met at a Haiti charity event.

They had a feast to end all, with a chicken with the feet still attached, truffle mac and cheese and a birthday cake. The people at Sean's table, along with others in the restaurant, serenaded Minka to "Happy Birthday."

Sean picked up the tab ... and it was pricey.

Minka has not mentioned Sean, but after the dinner she Instagrammed, "Birthday festivities off to a pretty magical start."

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Michael Sam & Vito

All Signs Point to Breakup

6/30/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629_michael_sam_Vito-Cammisano_TMZHold off on the wedding gifts ... 'cause it seems Michael Sam and his fiance Vito Cammisano are DUNZO ... just 6 months after the couple got engaged. 

Sam's people and Vito's camp are being unusually tight lipped about the couple's official status -- but the signs are all over social media. Here are the clues ... 

Clue #1 -- Michael has REMOVED several affectionate photos of himself and Vito from Twitter and Instagram recently, including their famous engagement pic taken at St. Peter's Basilica.   

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Clue #2 -- The couple hasn't been spotted together in almost 2 months ... even when Sam left the Montreal Alouettes under mysterious circumstances earlier this month.  Bizarre for an engaged couple, right? Also, no tweets of concern or support from Vito. 

Clue #3 -- Vito, an aspiring video blogger, just published his very first YouTube video this week ... and he's not wearing his engagement ring. Again, unusual for Vito, who had been sporting the ring EVERYWHERE ... from the Vegas pool scene to hikes at L.A.'s famous Runyun Canyon. 

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Sam and Vito were college sweethearts -- they met in 2009 at the University of Missouri but didn't start dating until 2011. They broke up during Sam's senior year in college, but got back together. 

We reached out to both camps multiple times -- but no one's saying a word ... which is super weird considering how public their relationship has been in the past. 

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Jahlil Okafor

Viral Sex Story Is B.S.

'Considering Legal Action'

6/29/2015 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629-jahlil-okafor-GETTY-01NBA rookie Jahlil Okafor claims he's been targeted by an Internet "troll" -- who is spreading disgusting lies about a sexual encounter that NEVER happened ... and now he's taking action to shut her down. 

Social media exploded over the past 24 hours after someone claiming to be a woman named "Chanel" went to Twitter and posted a story about hooking up with Okafor ... complete with embarrassing details involving his junk and bedroom performance. 

But Okafor's camp tells TMZ Sports ... the story is "absolutely false" ... adding, Jahlil has never met the person and has no idea who she is. 

We're told Team Okafor has already contacted Twitter to get "Chanel" to take down the tweets. Okafor's team was told the tweets fall under Twitter's abuse policy ... especially posts where she threatens to leak nude pics ... and if she doesn't delete them, her account will be suspended. 

Okafor's camp says they have already kicked the matter over to their legal counsel and are considering their legal options moving forward. 

Mariah Carey

My Billionaire BF Needs Spiritual Advice

Before Popping Question

6/27/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mariah Carey and her billionaire boyfriend are taking a giant leap -- jetting to Israel for what they call a "pre-engagement spiritual meeting" with a religious muckety-muck.

Sources connected with the newly-minted couple tell TMZ, Mariah and James Packer are jumping on his jet today, where they will meet a "spiritual leader" who James knows well. We're told James believes the meeting is a must before he pops the question.

Our sources say once the meeting takes place, the ball will roll quickly and "they will be married soon."

Packer doesn't want the name of the spiritual leader or the location disclosed for security reasons.

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Kim Kardashian

Didn't Snub ALS Wives

I Was Bombarded For Pics In Dressing Room!

6/25/2015 12:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0625-kim-kardashian-cannes-GETTY-01Kim Kardashian is calling BS on a story told by the wives of the 2 men who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge -- claiming she was being uncaring and snobby.

Eyewitnesses who were with Kim tell TMZ ... Kim insists the incident, which one of the women chronicled on Facebook, did not go down the way they said.

The women claim they saw Kim and Kris Jenner in Celine -- a fancy schmancy women's store -- and asked for a pic with Kim, after explaining who they were. They say when they told Kris their husbands had ALS, Kris fliply responded, "Oh fun," and Kim and Kris blew the women off by refusing a photo.

But we're told a group of women hounded Kim and some even knocked on her dressing room while she was naked. Sources say when Kim came out Kris was talking to a couple of ladies and they told her they were in Cannes and were having a great time shopping and going to parties, and that's when Kris replied, "Oh fun."

As for denying a pic, the eyewitnesses claim neither of the women asked Kim for a photo when she walked out of the dressing room. She simply exited and smiled for all the cameras pointed in her direction.

Our sources say, Kim and her mom obviously support the cause ... as you know Kim famously did the challenge on TV, and if Kim knew the women were even there, she would have loved to sit down with them and talk about how she could help.

Chris Martin

Late Night with Kylie Minogue

... Hunger Games Over?

6/24/2015 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0624-main-chris-martin-kylie-minogue-inf-01Chris Martin was arm-in-arm with Kylie Minogue -- at 1:30 AM in a London park -- which may or may not be news to his GF of several months.

Chris and Kylie were strolling together early Monday morning after her concert in Hyde Park -- and the late/early hour of has some people thinking he and Jennifer Lawrence are dunzo.

J-Mart seemed pretty tight earlier this month snuggled up in the back of Bono’s SUV, and it's entirely possible Chris and Kylie were just a couple of non-banging pals getting fresh air.

Y'know what they say, though -- the nighttime is the right time. For what? We'll leave that up to Jennifer. 

Britney Spears

Not Dating Random Louisiana Guy ...

Just Showing Him Off

6/23/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0621_britney_spears_with_new_man_instagramThe hot guy Britney Spears posed with on a boat is NOT her new BF, but she did go out of the way to make sure everyone saw them getting cozy ... one day before news broke she was single again.

According to our sources, Britney was at a lake in Louisiana on Sunday with some friends and family when the guy -- a local boat handler named Harris -- asked Brit for a pic.

She obliged, but we're told for some reason Brit asked to take the photo with HER camera, and Harris was shocked when SHE posted it with the caption, "So nice to be home! Nothing like Louisiana boys." 

We're told there's nothing more to it than that -- just a down home girl appreciating the down home scenery.

As we reported, Britney's single again after an amicable split from Charlie Ebersol.

She could do worse than good ole Harris, btw.

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Gigi Hadid, Joe Jonas

In Case it Wasn't Clear ...

6/20/2015 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0620-gigi-joe-jonas-fame-flynet-01The likelihood that Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas are banging just went from clear and convincing evidence to beyond a reasonable doubt ... and we say that with 2 new pieces of evidence.

EXHIBIT A: Joe planted a kiss on Gigi as she got out of his car and headed for a terminal Friday at LAX.

EXHIBIT B:  No one drives someone to the airport unless they're having sex.

Case closed.

Nick Cannon

You Think That Disney Chick's My GF?

You're Goofy!!!

6/20/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0619-nick-cannon-disneyland-TWITTER-INSTAGRAM-01Nick Cannon locked hands with a mystery woman at the most magical place on earth … but Nick says it’s not what you think.

On the surface it looks like Nick's got a new babe, but we're told she's just a friend ... a fashion designer he hangs out with from time to time.

On the other hand, as we first reported, Mariah is now head over heels with James Packer, an Australian billionaire. They're hanging in Capri and cruisin' on his yacht.

Who says it's not a contest?

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Mariah Carey

Dating Billionaire James Packer

6/19/2015 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0619-main-mariah-carery-new-boo-TMZ-01Mariah Carey has got a new boyfriend, TMZ has learned, a billionaire who's the 4th wealthiest person down under.

The guy is James Packer, a 47-year-old entertainment mogul who sold a media company and now owns a string of hotels and casinos around Australia and other countries. He's worth an estimated $4.6 billion, according to Forbes.

We got this pic of Mariah and James taken Friday in Capri, Italy. They're staying on Packer's yacht and we're told they'll be on the boat for "an extended vacation."  After Capri, it's on to Cannes and St. Tropez. 

As for how they met ... Brett Ratner

Sources close to Mariah tell us James has been aggressively pursuing Mariah for months, and he succeeded. 

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Boosie Badazz

Yes, Tyga Was Rapping About Rough Sex ...

Just Not With Kylie

6/18/2015 11:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0618-lil-boosie-tyga-getty-tmz-01Can't a guy just rap about some rough sex without everyone trying convict him of statutory rape?

That's the first amendment case being made by Boosie Badazz on behalf of his good friend Tyga, who's caught a ton of flak for rapping about sex and "catching a felony"...  which many thought was a reference to 17-year-old Kylie Jenner

Boosie -- who is featured on the track  "Pleazer" -- stands behind Tyga's claim the song was recorded before he ever hooked up with KJ. In fact, Boosie even posted a pic with Tyga in the studio that day (try to ignore the fact Chris Brown was there too).  

0618-SUB-lil-boosie-tyga-INSTAGRAM-01Boosie says the "felony" line was part of a metaphor referring to rough sex, but definitely not with Kylie -- and adds it's unfair to use Tyga's old lyrics against him ... an issue with which Boosie is all too familiar. 

Boosie was indicted on first degree murder charges back in 2010 and prosecutors tried to use lyrics of his (about killing people, mind you) as part of the case against him.

He was eventually found not guilty.

Margot Robbie

Looks Snatched Up, But Is It ...

Promise Ring or Real Thing?

6/18/2015 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0617-margot-robbie-pcnMargot Robbie is out of the game ... on the bench ... off the market ... NOT ever going to be yours -- 'cause the Aussie hottie and her man are flashing gold bands that reek of marriage ... we think.

Margot was walking around Toronto -- where she's shooting "Suicide Squad" -- with the gold piece. Thing is ... her beau, aspiring director Tom Ackerley, was sporting similar jewelry last week. Both of them have it on THAT finger.  

Robbie and Ackerley hit the one year mark this month... so, it could be perfect timing for him to pop the question.

There's still hope fellas -- they could just be promise rings. Plus, what newlywed or newly engaged chick (especially a smoking hot one in Hollywood) doesn't flash her diamond??

Then again, reality is ... you never had a chance.  

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