Andrew Stern -- the husband of "Deal or No Deal" showcase model Katie Cleary who committed suicide Sunday -- went on a downward spiral after undergoing hormone replacement therapy for his libido ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... Stern shot himself in the head at a San Fernando Valley firing range. Sources say he was deeply depressed, largely over the meltdown of his marriage.
Close friends of Andrew tell us ... 2 years ago he went to a Beverly Hills health and wellness center because he was feeling lethargic and had a waning libido. We're told the center gave him a kit, which included human growth hormones and testosterone. Both were injectables.
The friends say he started experiencing drastic mood swings and became extremely irritable. Andrew kept the regimen up for a year but couldn't take it anymore and stopped cold turkey.
We're told abruptly stopping such therapy is extremely dangerous and in Andrew's case he spiraled into a deep depression, which got much worse because his business failed and everything then took a toll on his marriage.
The friends tells us ... Andrew -- who filed for divorce in April -- went nuclear after seeing pics of his wife in Cannes, nuzzling up to Leo DiCaprio. Katie's rep says the pics didn't have an impact on Andrew, but his friends scoff and say it had a HUGE affect.
One friend tells us he spoke with Andrew the day before he killed himself -- Andrew said he was having "a tough day" but assured him he'd be OK.
Totally With JLo
6/25/2014 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Talking Jennifer Lopez ...
'It's Going Great'
6/24/2014 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced around the question ... is he banging Jennifer Lopez?
We got Maksim in NYC and asked him about the pic we posted Monday ... showing him and JLo hanging out in Connecticut Saturday night ... definitely looking cozy.
Our photog was pretty direct, and Maksim very cleverly deflected the questions.
Yeah, they're totally together.
Calls Cops Over Harassing Reporters
6/24/2014 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The transsexual who claims she had an affair with Kendra Wilkinson's husband Hank Baskett called the cops on reporters who she claims are now stalking and harassing her.
Cops came to Ava London's L.A. condo late last week to physically remove members of the media who she claims were trying to drum her out of her unit by banging at her door. She says the reporters were trying to buy surveillance video from the building manager, to see if Baskett ever showed up.
London's lawyer also claims some outlets are making up stories. He cites In Touch magazine, which claims to have interviewed London. The lawyer said that never happened and is threatening to sue.
Baskett has been mum.
TMZ reached out to In Touch and Baskett for comment ... so far, no word back.
I Was NEVER Confronted
By Angry Mob In Detroit
6/23/2014 5:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rick Ross claims stories about him being denied access to a Detroit concert by scores of Ross haters and being in fear of his life are straight up lies ... and that comes from the man himself.
Ross was indeed denied entrance to the Hot 107.5′s Summer Jamz 17 concert in Detroit on Saturday ... he says the gate to the entrance of the facility was locked.
But Ross claims no one from MMG's staff or security was ever confronted by an angry anti-Rozay mob. He also laughs off claims that the mob made Ross and his posse fear for their lives.
Ross tells us he feels bad for the kids of Detroit who waited in line for six hours for him to perform, only to go home disappointed.
He says, "Somebody is deceiving the people of Detroit like Kwame Kilpatrick did."
JLo and Maksim
Hooking Up, Maybe
6/23/2014 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Maksim Chmerkovskiy say they're just friends, but they could smell each others pheromones judging from this pic ... obtained by TMZ.
JLo and Maksim were at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut Saturday night after her show. They hit up the Shrine nightclub and were certainly close.
They say they're just friends with a common interest ... dancing. Interesting ... she said on a TV show recently that dancers were better in the sack than actors. It's a compliment to Maksim and a diss to you know who.
But it looks like they're into some serious Rumba.
I Did Not Cheat
on Jennifer Lopez!
6/16/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Casper Smart did NOT cheat on Jennifer Lopez with two transsexuals -- and he's prepared to sue the website that claims he did ... so says Casper Smart.
As TMZ first reported, JLo and Smart split up a few months back ... and it had nothing to do with Smart's alleged sexcapades.
But Smart is pissed that TheDirty.com claimed he had flings with two transsexuals he met on Instagram ... so his lawyer has fired off a letter to the site's founder, Nik Richie, denying he's ever met, kissed or had sexual relations with either of the transsexuals in question.
Smart says he didn't send them dirty pics and flat out denies cheating on Jennifer.
Smart has given the site an ultimatum -- either retract the story or get sued.
Smart's lawyer also sent a threatening letter to one of the transsexuals who has been talking to the media ... imploring her to sign a declaration saying they never met Smart.
TMZ reached out to Richie for a response ... and here's the part we can post: "Casper, go get a real job. I heard Instagram is hiring over in their compliance department ... Stop blaming everyone else for your problems."
Alleged Jay Z Mistress
I Have Never Slept with Jigga!!
Now Apologize, Or Else ...
6/12/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The reality TV star accused of having an affair with Jay Z is flat out denying she ever had sex with Beyonce's man ... and now she's gearing up for a legal battle.
Casey Cohen -- who was on the Bravo show "Princesses: Long Island" -- was named as Jay's alleged side piece in several magazines (such as In Touch) ... all owned by Bauer Media Group.
TMZ has learned Cohen has hired a lawyer who fired off a cease and desist letter saying Cohen and Jay Z "have never been in love or intimate" -- and dismissing all the Bauer articles as "a foul and phony mistress-rumor."
Cohen cops to having met Jay Z and Beyonce several times -- in the letter, obtained by TMZ -- but only through her job working as a VIP hostess in New York City.
She is demanding Bauer issue a public apology to her, Jay Z, and Beyonce ... and remove all posts about her from the Internet.
We've reached out to Bauer Media, but no word back.
'I Don't Like Kanye West!'
6/10/2014 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kris Jenner's Instagram page was hacked this morning ... with fake messages blasting Kanye West and French Montana.
The posts surfaced around 7:30 AM PT ... the first one reading in part, "I don't like Kanye west! I just pretend I do so my daughters can make a profit."
The fake post also ripped on French Montana, who's dating Khloe, saying, "He's not even black. If I liked blacks so much I'd date one!"
The posts were quickly deleted.
Rihanna & Chris Martin
Dinner ... Date?
6/9/2014 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rihanna and Chris Martin dined at Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica on Sunday night, leaving us to wonder ... was this or was this not a date?
DATE: They are both single, dinner spot was RiRi's favorite place, they left separate via separate exits to avoid being spotted.
NOT A DATE: The two have collaborated before ("Princess of China"), paps know RiRi goes there a lot (so unless they were sending a message, they just didn't care about being seen).
So we've presented the evidence, now we ask you ...
Triggered the Calvin Harris/Rita Ora Break-Up
6/7/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is at the center of the break-up of deejay Calvin Harris and Rita Ora ... and let's just say it wasn't because Justin was into Calvin.
Our sources say ... word got back to Calvin, Justin and Rita got "touchy feely" with each other while they were in the recording studio together over the last few months. Calivn heard they were very affectionate -- she would sit on his lap, he would rub her back, etc.
Justin was down in Mexico for the last few days ... and not coincidentally RIta was there as well.
For Calvin's' part ... he was out in Hollywood earlier this week with a slew of women ... and when we asked him about Rita hanging out with Bieber, he gave a very telling response.
Sources close to Harris and Rita tell TMZ ... he's already had her things removed from his L.A. house. We're also told he produced a few songs for her, but now he won't allow their release.
It's all about the release.
'Famous in 12' Girl
My Boobs Are Real
And They're Spectacular!
6/7/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Famous in 12" chick Jameelah Artiaga wants to set the record straight about her boobs ... they're 100% real -- even though tons of people online think she's got fake knockers.
Artiaga says her size 32DD tatas are far from fake ... and she doesn't understand why so many people on Twitter accused her of having implants after the show's debut.
Jameelah adds, "I've worn the same bra size since I was 16!"
@FN12Jameelah and her family are part of TMZ's experiment -- to see if a family desperately seeking fame can move to Hollywood and achieve their goal in 12 weeks. It airs Tuesdays on the CW at 8 PM.
But It has Nothing to Do with Transsexual Texts
6/6/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart have called it quits after nearly 2 1/2 years ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the former couple tell us ... they actually split nearly 2 months ago, but kept it on the down low. We're told the breakup was civil. They're still friendly but simply grew apart.
We're told the breakup had nothing to do with recent stories of Casper's sexual escapades. One source put it this way: "Casper has been a single guy and can text or see whoever he wants, but the idea that he was knowingly texting a transsexual is laughable." The source added, "He's not that guy, but like a lot of single guys online he obviously likes to look at a 'lil T and A."
Casper is in the process of moving out right now. We're told there was no rush because JLo's been on the road promoting her 10th album, AKA.
We're told Casper will be pursuing acting, which is why he took show directing and choreography off his Instagram.