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Gay Bachelor Cast Member Reveals He's HIV Positive

8/28/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826-finding-prince-charming-cast-LOGO-01One of the 13 suitors trying to hook up with TV's first gay bachelor is HIV positive, and even though producers were aware, they kept the cast in the dark ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Robert Sepulveda Jr. -- the "Finding Prince Charming" bachelor -- got the bombshell news early on during taping, and we're told the reveal will become a focal point. Our sources tell us producers think the show will resonate with straight and gay viewers, and educate the audience. 

As for the reveal itself -- we're told it was emotional and Robert was supportive of the cast member.

The show's already been taped, but no word on whether the HIV positive guy was chosen after opening up about his diagnosis.

Sarah Jessica Parker Blasts EpiPen She Promoted ... Forces Company's Hand

8/25/2016 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-Sarah-jessica-Parker-tmz-03Sarah Jessica Parker's so outraged about the price hike of the EpiPen, she pulled the plug on her relationship with the company ... and painted them into a corner.

Sarah ripped the pharmaceutical company Mylan for increasing the medicine's price by 500% since 2009. Her son has a peanut allergy, and she not only depends on EpiPen, but also was a paid spokesperson. Thursday morning she posted a scathing announcement that she was done working with Mylan. 

It's pretty shocking, 9 years ago an EpiPen reportedly cost $57 -- today a 2-pack goes for around $600.

Mylan felt the heat from Sarah and others -- including Hillary Clinton -- and hours after Sarah's post ... announced it would offer coupons, and take other steps, to help make the meds affordable. For the record, it's blaming health care system flaws for the price increase. 


Shannen Doherty Rollin' Forward Post-Lawsuit

8/23/2016 7:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0823-shannen-doherty-splash-01Shannen Doherty may have won one giant battle this week, but she's still facing the biggest fight of her life.

Shannen was spotted at Nobu in Malibu Monday after news broke she settled the lawsuit with her ex-manager. She'd accused him of screwing up her insurance, which led to a late breast cancer diagnosis.

The amount they settled for is unknown, but can't be a bad number if she's dining at Nobu. 


Tre Mason's Mom to Cops Football Destroyed My Son ... 'He's Not Himself Anymore'

8/23/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tre Mason's mother has told police ... her son should NOT be playing football anymore -- because the head injuries he suffered in the NFL have had a devastating impact on his mental health. 

TMZ Sports has obtained police footage from a July 27th incident when cops cited the L.A. Rams running back for illegally riding his ATV around his neighborhood in Palm Beach, Florida. 

When they got to his home, cops told his family they were concerned Mason was too busy "f***ing around" and "should be playing football."

That's when Tre's mother dropped some real talk on the cops. 

"No, he actually shouldn't," she said ..."because this is the [side of] football that nobody knows about."

"He's 22 in a 10-year-old's mindset right now ... Tre's not himself at all."

Tre's mother says the family could see an obvious change in Tre's personality after the 2015 NFL season ended.

As we previously reported, Tre has been at the center of several police incidents in the past few months -- and his family clearly believes football is the root of the problem.

The Rams say they have not been in touch with Mason since last season -- and judging by the video, it doesn't seem like they'll ever hear from him again. 

Shannen Doherty Scores Settlement in Cancer Lawsuit

8/22/2016 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0822-ShannenDoherty-instagramShannen Doherty just landed a settlement in that huge $15 million lawsuit she filed against her ex-manager for allegedly screwing up her health insurance.

We broke the story ... Shannen sued her former management firm, claiming they mismanaged her insurance premiums and let her policy lapse at a critical time when doctors could've done an early detection of her breast cancer.

According to docs, both sides agreed to settle the matter late last week. The amount of money Shannen is getting is confidential. The battle was really heating up right before the settlement -- lawyers for her ex-manager tried to get Shannen to sit for round 2 of a deposition ... questioning how sick she really was from her cancer and treatments.

It's a moot point now.


Lou Pearlman Died from Heart Issues

8/22/2016 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0822_lou_pearlman_launchLou Pearlman died from an ongoing cardiac problem ... TMZ has learned.

According to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office, the mastermind behind the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC ... died at a Miami hospital where he was scheduled to have heart surgery. 

We're told 62-year-old Pearlman had been transferred from his prison cell to have the surgery, but as we reported ... he died Friday -- before the procedure. He had a history of cardiac issues.

The official cause of death is listed as natural causes.

Shannen Doherty Not Too Sick For Depo in Cancer Suit ... Ex-Manager Claims

8/17/2016 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-shannen-doherty-instagramLawyers for Shannen Doherty's ex-manager want a few more hours to grill her, and they're not buying any claims she's too sick from her cancer treatments to do it.

Steven Blatt filed docs asking for up to 4 more hours to depose Shannen in her lawsuit against his management firm, in which she accuses Blatt of mismanaging her insurance premiums.

Blatt's side already deposed Shannen for 7 hours -- the standard time allotted in California -- but that can be extended, and Blatt says his motion should be granted since Shannen's illness hasn't stopped her from partying left and right.

According to the docs, Blatt claims days before and after her first deposition, Shannen posted social media pics of herself enjoying the nightlife in NYC and Pittsburgh ... and even traveled to Australia for a fan convention.  

Blatt adds she's done plenty of TV interviews too, so sitting a few more hours for questions shouldn't be a big deal. 

Shannen's fired back in docs ... saying it's insulting Blatt insinuated she's not that sick, because she's living her life. She thinks the 7 hour grilling was more than enough, and says she doesn't owe Blatt any more time.

We'll see what the judge thinks.



U.S. National Soccer Teams Zika Ready

8/6/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0805-us-team-rio-spray-getty-tmz-02The U.S. Men's and Women's Soccer Teams are now guinea pigs for Zika prevention ... at least if a repellent company has its way.

Sawyer Products has armed the teams with 360 bottles of Permethrin, an odorless product that keeps mosquitoes at bay. The repellent goes for $15 a pop, but the $5k giveaway is worth it ... especially if the teams leave Zika-free.

Hope Solo has been flooded with Zika chants and boos in Rio from Brazilian fans who took offense to her Rene Russo's "Outbreak" getup.

Sawyer also threw in 50 bottles of sunscreen. UV rays are no joke.


Pele Too Sick for Olympics ... Pulls Out of Opening Ceremony

8/5/2016 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0805-pele-GETTY-01Soccer legend Pele will NOT attend Friday's Olympic Opening Ceremony in Brazil due to health issues. 

The 75-year-old was widely rumored to be the person lighting the Olympic cauldron -- the big moment that essentially opens the games. 

But moments ago, Pele reportedly issued a statement saying he's just too sick to attend. 

"Only God is more important than my health. In my life, I've had fractures, surgeries, pain, hospital stays, victories and defeats. And I've always respected those who admire me," Pele said. 

Pele says he made the decision on his own -- and apologized for disappointing his fans and Brazilians.

"As a Brazilian, I ask God to bless all who participate in this event."

So far, no official word on who will take his place. 

Story developing ... 

'Breaking Bad' Star I Dropped 120 lbs! You're Welcome, Goodwill

8/2/2016 11:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Comedian and actor Lavell Crawford's not quite half the man he used to be, but he's getting there after dropping a buck 20 -- and his loss is a huge gain for someone else.

We got Crawford at LAX and it was immediately obvious the guy's looking much slimmer than he was in his days as extra husky bodyguard Huell on "Breaking Bad."

Lavell says his wife doesn't want him getting too skinny though, and she's got a magic number in mind. As he put it ... "She married me as a bear. You don't wanna date no bunny rabbit."


Lavell had some medical assistance to lose the weight, and he explained what else he's doing to drop the lbs. And that's all on top of his jiu-jitsu training! 

Dina Lohan Still Hospitalized ... Family Fears Cancer

7/31/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0729-dina-lohan-hospital-tmzDina Lohan's family is afraid she might have cancer ... as doctors remained baffled about the cause of her stomach pain after more than a month in the hospital.

According to our Lohan fam sources, Lindsay's mama has undergone a battery of tests -- at 2 different hospitals -- since she was admitted for treatment last month. We're told she had a biopsy on a nodule found in her throat. She's currently waiting for the results. 

Doctors gave her a round of antibiotics ... believing her pain was caused by a dental procedure gone wrong, but that only worked for a short time before the pain returned.


Tennis Legend Chris Evert Menopause Ruined My Marriage

7/26/2016 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tennis great Chris Evert says menopause is at least partly to blame for the demise of her marriage to Olympian Andy Mill ... insinuating the hormonal change had a major impact on the relationship. 

61-year-old Evert opened up about the situation on Lance Armstrong's "The Forward Podcast" -- when the two were talking about the positive relationships they have with their exes ... including Mill. 

FYI, Evert and Mill had 3 kids together before they divorced in 2006. Two years later, she married Andy's friend, Greg Norman (the golfer). They broke up 15 months after that. 

"[Andy and I] had a rough couple of years," Evert said ... "because I married Greg Norman who was Andy’s friend, and that was … I don’t know, I was going through menopausal stuff."

Evert didn't expand on exactly how menopause affected the relationship -- but said the condition ("what women go through at 50ish") doesn't get talked about enough. 

According to the WebMD, menopause can cause major psychological symptoms in women -- including anxiety, irritability, mood changes, feelings of sadness and aggressiveness. 

The good news for Evert -- she says she's on great terms with Mill and considers him family. 

Stedman Bailey I'm NOT Done With Football Eyes NFL Return Next Season

7/23/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0721-stedman-bailey-instagram-01Stedman Bailey -- the ex-Rams WR who was shot in the head twice last year -- says he's NOT giving up his NFL dreams .... just because he's taken a job as a college assistant coach. 

25-year-old Bailey was waived by the Rams last month because he hasn't been medically cleared to play football yet -- and was hired as a student assistant coach at West Virginia University. 

Many saw the move as a sign that Bailey was turning the page on his pro football career -- but his agent, Tony Fleming, tells TMZ Sports that just ain't the case.

"Stedman’s definitely not giving up on playing football. He just wasn’t cleared to play. He still wanted to be productive, so WVU was a good opportunity for him."

Fleming says doctors will reevaluate Bailey right after the 2016 season -- and he will continue training in the hopes he'll get an opportunity with a team for 2017. 


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