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Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston How Real Was It???

9/7/2016 7:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0907-taylor-swift-tom-hiddleston-getty-01Now that the fat lady has sung, people who were around Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are talking about their relationship or lack thereof, and a lot comes down to timing.

You'll recall Taylor and Tom were first seen together at the Met Gala in early May, right before she broke up with Calvin Harris. There was hardly a breath between her breakup with Calvin and a major public display of affection between Taylor and Tom.

It may not be coincidence that Taylor and Tom were public about their relationship as Calvin's camp was spinning stories that she cheated on him. Some people familiar with the situation say Taylor's brand is so strong and clear ... it's better to make it appear her new relationship was serious rather than just a fling.

0907_taylor_swift_tom_hiddleston_kissing-TheImageDirectSomething happened in June that was very un-Taylor-like. A photo agency got a pic that sure looked staged ... a pic on her Rhode Island estate showing Taylor and Tom kissing.

Taylor and Tom haven't been seen together since July 27. There was a lot of talk they had broken up but no one from Taylor or Tom's camp was talking for more than a month. Finally, Tuesday, the day after Labor Day and what people call the official end of summer, Taylor's camp leaked the breakup. 

So the question ... how much of this was real, and how much was just image?

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Drake's Dad There Is No AubRih ... They're Just Friends

9/7/2016 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Drake's dad doesn't think anything's changed between his son and Rihanna ... and tells us everyone should slow down on any marriage talk. 

We got Dennis Graham at Bootsy Bellows on the Sunset Strip -- surrounded by a flock of chicks, naturally -- and he shot down the prevailing thought that Drizzy's "settling down" with RiRi. 

Check out the clip -- he even has a pretty funny take on his son getting inked up for Rihanna. 

There's plenty of evidence lately to refute Dennis, but if he's right ... Drake could learn a few things from Dad, based on this clip.  

#TruePlaya

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Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez Divorce Off For Now

9/7/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0906_halle_berry_olivier-martinez-tmzHalle Berry and Olivier Martinez raced to the courthouse last year, trying to beat each other to the punch in filing divorce papers, yet a year later they are poised to dismiss the case and stay married.

We found a legal doc in which the clerk in divorce court sent a notice to both Halle and Olivier, saying they've been asleep at the wheel and done nothing to make the divorce final. The clerk issued an ultimatum ... either do something or the case will be dismissed. 

We've spoken with multiple sources, on both Halle and Olivier's side, and they say the same thing. Neither is in a rush to make the divorce final, and they're fine with staying married.

As for why ... we're told Halle isn't convinced she wants a divorce. We're told she still thinks Olivier might change, especially in the anger management department, and if he does she thinks the marriage could work.  

Olivier's clearly had anger problems ... the last straw was when he pushed an LAX employee with a baby car seat and got in trouble with the law.

There are other reasons why both Olivier and Halle aren't going through with the divorce. We're told they're getting along great and both are actively involved in parenting both 3-year-old Maceo and 8-year-old Nahla. Although Olivier isn't Nahla's dad, he's still actively involved in her life.

And there's another reason. Halle -- who just turned 50 -- isn't crazy about getting a third divorce. She doesn't think it's good for her, or her kids.

So, we're told the divorce will probably just go away. For now, they're just friends and good parents, but who knows.

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Usain Bolt GF Did NOT Say Yes ... 'Cause He Didn't Ask

9/6/2016 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0906_usain_bolt_fake_twitter-subUsain Bolt ain't THAT fast ... he is NOT racing down the aisle to get married -- despite a photo going viral -- TMZ Sports has learned.

The pic shows Usain and Kasi Bennett in Bora Bora -- freshly lei'd -- with a Snapchat caption, "She said yes." Well, that's only half true.

Usain's agent, Ricky Simms, tells us the image is real ... Usain posted the shot of himself and Kasi, but he says the caption is a hoax created by some Internet troll. Simms says Usain did not propose to Kasi.

All we can say is, why didn't he??

Check out this video from their South Pacific vacay, and whatever you do ... wait for the OIL RUBDOWN!!

#PutaRingOnIt

Britney Spears Threatens to Sue Mag I'm Done Being a Punching Bag

9/6/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0904_britney_spears_GETTY-2Britney Spears wants the media to know ... she's going after you if you tell lies about her, and she's starting with In Touch.

TMZ has obtained a scathing letter Britney's lawyer wrote to the honchos at In Touch, warning them not to publish a story they're pushing about Britney allegedly acting erratic at last month's MTV Video Music Awards and "talking and laughing to herself and using a British accent."

According to the letter, the magazine notified Britney's rep the story will run. Britney's lawyer says it is "utterly false, highly defamatory and completely offensive to Ms. Spears."

A source connected with Britney tells TMZ, the singer and her team are sick of "made-up" stories, especially in the face of how hard she's worked to turn her life around. They say if the story runs they will absolutely sue the magazine, adding this will be the first of many lawsuits to stop the lies.

We reached out to In Touch ... so far no comment.

Terrell Owens To Dez Bryant Romo Might Be Done ... Get Chummy With Dak Prescott

9/6/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Listen up, Dez Bryant ... Terrell Owens -- the king of quarterback relationships -- has advice for you ... GET FRIENDLY WITH DAK PRESCOTT ... saying the new QB could be his new meal ticket.

We got Terrell out in Manhattan Beach and talked with him about the state of things in Big D ... where Tony Romo is out ... and a new young gunslinger is in.

That's when T.O. dropped NFL knowledge ... telling our camera girl if Dez knew what was good for him ... he'd focus on building his chemistry with Prescott ... 'cause Romo might be done for good.

Listen to the man, Dez ... he knows Romo ... remember, that's his quarterback.

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Bella Thorne I Can Make Out With a Girl ... And Still Be Single

9/6/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0902-bella-thorne-TMZ-01Bella Thorne posted makeout pics with her best friend Bella Pendergast -- then came out as bisexual -- but that doesn't mean "Bella Squared" is an item.

Sources close to the Bellas tell us ... Thorne is single, and the two are just friends who like to kiss ... sweet.

August was a busy month for Bella ... she broke up with BF Gregg Sulkin and called Bella P her "soulmate" after the makeout pics ... leading people to believe they were dating.

Not the case ... because the other Bella has been in a serious relationship for months with fellow UC Davis student Bram Kolber.

As for Thorne's breakup, we're told it was a buildup of small fights, but it ended smoothly because Sulkin was cool with her keeping the Sherman Oaks home they purchased together earlier this year.

#HappyEndingForAll

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Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson Chillin' in Cabo

9/5/2016 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0904_Khloe-and-Tristan-cabana_tmz_wm_launch-2Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson continue their romp fest in Cabo.

We caught them sipping and chillin' over the weekend in a cabana at ME Cabo Hotel. We're told Khloe and the NBA champ were flirty and danced a bit. Check out the pics ... Khloe gets handsy.

Get it, Tristan.

Lionel Richie It's Squirm Time Over Justin and Sofia

9/4/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lionel Richie is always awesome and open, which makes this clip all the more revealing because he wanted to talk about anything BUT his 18-year-old daughter's relationship with Justin Bieber.

We got Lionel and Sofia leaving Pressed Juicery in Bev Hills, and he was happy to talk about all things citrus, but just watch as our photog asks if he's giving the Biebs his stamp of approval.

The clip is all the more awkward because Lionel's standing next her. Sofia's equally uncomfortable, and beats a hasty retreat.

UFC's Roy Nelson Van Damme Coulda Fought UFC ... Dude's Legit

9/4/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn't just talk the talk when it comes to MMA fighting -- he's a REAL athlete who coulda competed in the UFC back in his prime ... so says Roy "Big Country" Nelson

Roy isn't just an accomplished UFC fighter in his own right -- but spent some quality time with JCVD on the set of the upcoming "Kickboxer: Vengeance" flick.

And with Van Damme recently lecturing UFC fighters about how weak their leg strikes have become -- we had to ask Roy if he thinks JC could back up his tough talk.

For the record, Van Damme is an accomplished martial artist -- who won several fights as a teenager before becoming an action star.

There's more ... we also asked Roy how he'd fare in a showdown with Hafthor Bjornsson -- the MASSIVE guy who plays The Mountain on "Game of Thrones."

The 400-pound Bjornsson famously had a sparring session against Conor McGregor -- but Nelson says he'd get CRUSHED against someone his own size.

USC Football's Don Hill Yanked from Season Opener ... Amid Rape Investigation

9/2/2016 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902-don-hill-getty-instagram-01The USC football program has officially pulled defensive end Don Hill from the season opener in Dallas this weekend ... and sources tell us it's all because of his involvement in a rape investigation. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... cops are investigating allegations 20-year-old Hill and his teammate, Osa Masina, raped an intoxicated woman during a July 14th incident.

According to the search warrant, the accuser claims she was so intoxicated she could barely move ... but does remember both Hill and Osa having sex with her. 

The woman claims Osa recorded the incident and Snapchatted it to her ex-boyfriend -- a college football player at the University of Arizona. 

We spoke with USC which confirmed, "Don Hill was sent back home today for a violation of team rules."

The spokesperson would not get into specifics -- but our USC sources tell us the move is directly connected to the rape investigation. 

Important to note, neither Hill nor Masina have been arrested or charged with a crime. 

USC previously suspended Masina for "violation of team rules" -- and sources tell us it's due to the same investigation.

Kroy Biermann I'm Not Retiring!!!

9/2/2016 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0902_kroy-biermann_tmzHe's out in Buffalo ... but Kroy Biermann says he's absolutely NOT considering hanging up his cleats for good. 

As we previously reported, Kim Zolciak's hubby was released by the Bills early Friday morning -- despite the fact the linebacker signed a 1 year contract before training camp. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Kroy's agent, Buddy Baker, who says 30-year-old Kroy was still impressive in camp despite getting to Buffalo "late in the process." 

Baker says getting cut in Buffalo is "just another bump in the road and no reflection on Kroy and what he's capable of." 

Baker says Kroy -- who has 8 years in the NFL under his belt -- is still a world-class linebacker ... and states adamantly, "Retiring is not a consideration at this point."

Khloe Kardashian Heatin' Up Bev Hills ... With NBA Champ

9/2/2016 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0902_Khloe-Kardashian_splash-MAIN-BKhloe Kardashian has a brand new star athlete in her life ... Cleveland Cavaliers stud Tristan Thompson

The two have been spending some serious quality time together recently ... and Thursday, they were spotted at a mansion in Beverly Hills ... flaunting their impressive physiques. 

0902_Khloe-Kardashian_splash-MAIN-AUnclear if they're friends ... or more ... but we did see them out at Bootsy Bellows nightclub together over the weekend ... and they left the club within minutes of each other. 

One thing's clear ... they definitely look good together. 

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