Unlike most 16-year-olds -- who scrape together money from their part time job to go halfsies with their parents on a used Ford Taurus -- "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter just picked up a brand new Mercedes ... and paid for it in full.
Winter hit up her local Mercedes dealer recently and scored a fully loaded C350, blacked out with the AMG package. We're told Ariel and her sister went in with the idea of getting something nice, but also responsible and safe.
Our sources tells us Winter's dad -- who only recently began siding with Ariel and her sister in their battle against Ariel's mom -- was there to help her sign the papers. Once the deal was closed, Ariel wired the full payment ... just north of $50,000. APR financing is for suckers!
And get this ... the guy in the photo, who sold Ariel the car, is former soap star/current car salesman Matt Borlenghi. The funny part is ... Ariel's mom sued him for defamation in 2012.
Probably not a coincidence.
'DWTS' Has Stripped Me Of My Privacy
3/14/2014 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cody Simpson has lost his right of privacy while doing "Dancing With the Stars." He cannot remove his mic while he's on the phone, while he's talking business, while he reveals his most inner thoughts. The only exception -- taking a dump.
The contract Cody signed makes the NSA look like child's play. We got a copy because Cody's only 17 and the doc has to be filed with the court.
Cody agrees to wear a mic during rehearsal's and training, with only a bathroom break out.
The Australian singer gets a guaranteed $125K ... which goes up the longer he stays on the show. It caps out at $50K per week if he's in the finals.
And, "DWTS" cleverly figured out a way to block Jimmy Fallon from hijacking ABC stars. Cody specifically agreed to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Good Morning America," and "The View."
Here's how onerous the deal is ... "DWTS" has final cut on Cody's hairstyle.
Halle Berry's Still
Wrapped Around My Finger
3/13/2014 8:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Halle Berry's husband Olivier Martinez hasn't given up on his marriage -- despite rumors the couple has separated -- venturing out in L.A. last night ... with his wedding ring still sitting snug on his finger.
There are reports Halle and Olivier are on the outs -- having drifted apart because of their hectic work schedules -- and are now living separate lives. Halle even appeared at a post-Oscars party on March 2nd, alone without her wedding ring. They haven't been seen together in public since December.
But it's clear -- Olivier hasn't quit ... at least, on keeping up appearances.
Halle and Olivier were married in July 2013 and have one son together (born last October).
New Found Glory Guitarist
Accused of Online Sex Chatting with Underage Women
3/13/2014 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New Found Glory guitar player Steve Klein is being accused of video chatting with a minor on an adult website ... but the guitarist says he's totally innocent.
Klein pled not guilty to multiple felony charges back in December ... 2 counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14, 3 counts of lewd conduct with a minor 14 or 15, 1 count of intent to commit lewd acts with a minor, and 1 count of possession of child pornography -- according to Alternative Press.
Details of the arraignment were just made public ... but on the day it happened, NFG released a shocking statement ousting Steve from the band -- with no explanation about why.
Now, the band says Steve told them about the allegations when they returned home from a tour in Australia ... and they decided to part ways at that point.
Steve's lawyer released a statement saying ALL charges are "derived solely from online consensual video chats" ... he didn't own any child porn ... and Steve believed the girls were older than 18.
The guitar player also says that no one actually knows who the alleged minors are -- including the prosecution, police and defense -- so it's possible they were of age.
Klein is due in court next week.
3/12/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Little People, Big World" couple Matt and Amy Roloff can't stand living together anymore -- they've just announced they're separating after 26 years of marriage.
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ, Matt and Amy have been living separately since the holidays -- Amy currently resides in the family's main house in Oregon ... Matt lives in the guest house.
We're told neither Amy nor Matt is currently pursuing other relationships -- they're just testing the waters living alone ... for now anyway. So far, divorce isn't on the table.
Matt has had a history of drinking problems -- such as his 2007 DUI -- but we're told alcohol was NOT an issue in the split.
The Roloffs -- who have 4 children -- released a statement, saying, "Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation."
'Basketball Wives' Star
Pregnant Women Should KILL Temperamental Cats
3/12/2014 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Jackie Christie thinks pregnant women with ornery cats should kill the kitties by hanging, choking or other means if necessary.
It's pretty shocking ... our photog asked Jackie (in the dark blouse) and her friend, Sundy Carter (who appeared in "Bringing Down the House" and "Soul Plane") about what a pregnant woman should do with a temperamental cat.
Both women have no mercy for fearless felines. In fact, Jackie actually thinks cats can suck the soul out of babies and even kill them.
You gotta see this.
'Half Baked' Star
My Ex-Neighbor Mailed Condoms
To My Underage Daughters
3/12/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Half Baked" star Jim Breuer's ex-neighbor is now facing felony stalking charges -- after allegedly mailing a box of condoms to the actor's Jersey house ... in a perverted joke involving Jim's underage daughters.
Sources close to Jim tell TMZ, the actor's been having problems with Giuseppe Ionfrida for a couple years ... but it got particularly twisted back in December.
We're told Ionfrida allegedly left extremely creepy comments on a YouTube video about Jim, such as ... "How's your three pretty daughters doing ;)" Days later, Jim claims Ionfrida shipped him a box of condoms.
We're told Jim called police in early January, and Ionfrida was arrested on felony stalking charges.
We spoke to Ionfrida who told us he denies leaving the YouTube comments about Jim and his daughters. He did say he doesn't like his kids hanging around Jim -- which is an issue since their kids are friends.
We reached out to Breuer ... he had no comment.
Ionfrida has a hearing Wednesday on the stalking charges... and is prohibited from contacting Jim and his family as a condition of bail.
Gerry in 'Heavyweights'
3/12/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Schwartz is best known for playing the fat-camp-kid Gerald "Gerry" Garner -- opposite Ben Stiller -- in the 1995 "Camp Hope" comedy "Heavyweights." Guess what he looks like now!
My Broken Family Can't Be Fixed
3/11/2014 1:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter says she will never have a relationship again with her mom and her older brother ... this according to one of her text messages.
The text -- obtained by TMZ -- was filed in Ariel's guardianship case. She was texting her older brother Jimmy who has sided with their mother in the battle over Ariel.
Ariel, who is now under the guardianship of her sister, wrote, "How dare you say you miss me ... if you really wanted to see anyone and cared, you'd do a 180."
And then she goes in for the kill: "I'm sorry, what we've been through can't be fixed."
Ariel's mom filed the document, trying to prove Ariel suffers from PAS -- Parental Alienation Syndrome -- and their family is being destroyed as a result of the guardianship.
Schwarzenegger's Love Child
Jacked Out in a Speedo
... Just Like Dad
3/11/2014 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Like father, like son -- Arnold Schwarzenegger's 16-year-old love child is already showing off his genetic superiority in a Speedo ... kicking ass at his high school swim meet this weekend.
Joseph Baena stripped down to his skivvies Sunday to represent his Bakersfield high school swim team -- swimming butterfly no less -- and his mom Mildred was right there on the deck cheering him on.
Joseph's been busy the last couple months -- as we reported, he just got his driver's license in January.
$20K Jungle Safari For My Unborn Baby
3/11/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ciara's baby won't be born for another month ... but she's already taking steps to make sure the kid appreciates the world of animals ... so she dropped $20K on an animal-themed nursery.
Our baby spies say Ciara and her fiance Future dared to shop at pricey Petit Tresor in L.A. ... dropping $1,800 on an 8-foot stuffed giraffe. They spent the balance on other stuffed animals, lion book ends and art work.
Ciara's been on a spending spree ... she was recently out shopping at another high end baby store with Kim Kardashian.
FYI - A REAL safari costs around $1,000 a day.
Laughing It Up
With K. Fed's Preggo Wife
3/10/2014 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Federline has his very own first wives club -- Britney Spears (wife #1) and Victoria Prince (wife #2) got on like a house on fire Sunday ... laughing and chatting at Britney's son's soccer game.
It was the ideal picture of divorce -- Kevin and Britney (who split in 2006) each took their significant others to their son Jayden's soccer game in L.A. Britney took her current boyfriend David Lucado ... and Kevin took his pregnant wife Victoria.
As we reported, even Kevin and David are pals.
Gotta hand it to Kev and Brit -- they've figured out post-divorce life in a way most people don't.
Ex Told Get Out of the Neighborhood
3/9/2014 7:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Marc Anthony says ex-wife had to sell her home because the wife of the married man she was banging was yelling "whore" through a bullhorn in front of her house and wouldn't stop.
Dayanara Torres is trying to increase her child support payments from $13K a month to $113K. She says she's so strapped for cash she had to sell her home and now she's living with the 2 kids in a hovel of an apartment in the San Fernando Valley.
But Marc tells a very different story. In legal docs he says Dayanara was SHAMED out of the house because the wife of her adulterous lover took to the sidewalk "with a bullhorn yelling 'whore' for the whole neighborhood to hear."
Marc says the scorned woman was so unrelenting ... he sent his own security to help.
And, he says, part of her financial plight is her own doing, because she ended up selling the house at a loss. Lesson -- don't bang married men.
Dayanara denies the whole bullhorn incident.