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Shaquille O'Neal

I'm Jealous Of My 15-Year-Old Son

7/5/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

After 4 championships, 15 All Star games, and a bajillion dollars ... Shaquille O'Neal says there's still another basketball player he's jealous of -- his 15-year-old son.

The Diesel was DJ'ing a party for the MyVegas casino app when we asked about his stud of a son Shareef ... and what it's like to watch everyone freak out over the hoop skills of a different O'Neal. 

Check out the clip -- Shaq keeps it super real ... saying that there are times he's a little jealous of his offspring ... mainly because the little O'Neal got famous much quicker than the big one.

He should also be jealous of Shareef's shooting ability ... 

HBO Star Abby Ryder Fortson

Kid Can Count to 20,000 Every Week

... On Her Paychecks!

7/5/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0619-abby-ryder-fortson-getty-01Pint-sized Abby Ryder Fortson is making tons of dough while tearing up Hollywood … starring in 3 TV shows and making a superhero leap to the big screen.

TMZ has obtained little Abby’s HBO contract for “Togetherness.”

Here’s what the 7-YEAR-OLD is making -- $17,500 per episode for season one and with season two already in production, her pay is jumping up to $20,000 per episode. If the show keeps on rolling along for a 3rd season, she’ll get another 5% bump -- and that's just ONE of her jobs.

Abby's crushing the casting process ... also booking gigs on ABC’s “The Whispers,” Amazon’s “Transparent,” and the Marvel movie “Ant-Man.” We mentioned she's 7, right?

Mom and Dad are working actors too, but at this pace ... Abby will be handing them allowance soon.

'Good Witch' Star Bailee Madison

15 and Flush with Cash

7/4/2015 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0623_Bailee-Madison_good_witch_gettyBailee Madison must have cast a spell on the creators of Hallmark Channel’s “Good Witch," because she stands to make a million bucks from the show.

TMZ took a gander at her minor’s contract and the 15-year-old is clearly the envy of her peers for playing the young witch. She made $30k per episode for the first season.

The next 4 years could set her up for life -- she can make $36,465 an episode by the 5th season.

Only 3 more years until she's free to blow the money on whatever her witchy heart desires.

Tracy Morgan

Fun in the Sun

... At Disney World

7/3/2015 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0703_tracy_morgan_disneyland_splashGreat seeing Tracy Morgan having some fun with his family at Disney World.

Morgan, his fiancee Megan Wollover and their daughter, Maven, took a ride on Dumbo Thursday at the happiest place in Florida.

Morgan has been struggling to recover from the horrendous car crash last year.

Happy 4th, Tracy.

Chris Brown's Baby Mama

Money's Not the Issue ...

He's Pissed Royalty's with His Mom

7/2/2015 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0702_nia_guzman_chris_brown_instagram_TMZChris Brown had a $10k agreement in place with his baby mama, Nia Guzman … but when she shipped little Royalty off to hang with Chris' mom, he cut her off. 

Sources close to Nia tell TMZ ... Royalty's parents finally came to an agreement on child support ... settling on $10k per month from CB, starting July 1. As we reported, Chris' camp said Nia initially wanted $15k, but he only wanted to pay $2,500.  

We’re told the new deal blew up though, when Daddy wanted Royalty this week -- but she was already hanging with grandma in Virginia. Since relations between Chris and his mom have been bad for years now ... our sources say Chris got pissed.   

We're told Nia's claiming this is the first time she's ever denied Chris visitation, but looks like once was enough. We broke the story ... Chris is filing to establish paternity in court, so a judge can settle their child support and custody issues. 

According our sources, Nia never wanted to go to court because she didn’t want to seem like a gold digger. 

Britney Spears' Son

Flashes Of LeBron

Lockdown Defense In Hoops Game

7/2/2015 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Britney's kid can ball!!

Check out this footage of 9-year-old Sean Preston Federline with the nasty steal in a recent youth league game.

His dad K-Fed was so proud, he posted the video to social media ... and wrote, "ballin... Great D but gotta work on them layups."

True. 

Chris Brown

Files Paternity Docs

I've Had It With My Baby Mama!

7/1/2015 3:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0307-brown-nia-tmz-instagram-01Chris Brown has had it with baby mama Nia Guzman's child support and custody demands, so he's asking a judge to lay down the law once and for all.

Chris and Nia have been at war over 1-year-old Royalty. She's demanding $15k a month in child support, way more than Chris says is fair. 

We've learned Chris just filed legal docs in Houston to establish paternity. That will give him the right to fight Nia over support and custody.  

Chis has been paying Nia what he believes is a fair amount -- she claims he's been paying $2,500 a month. He wants a judge to set the figure, which he's confident will be closer to his number than hers.

Chris also wants a judge to establish clear custody guidelines. He says Nia has been denying him the right to see his daughter, so he wants a judge to set her straight. 

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Ben and Jen

Career Explosion Torpedoed Marriage

7/1/2015 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630-ben-affleck-jennifer-garner-TMZ-02Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced NOT because of his drinking and gambling, but because he's become such hot property in Hollywood, she felt neglected ... so say some well-placed sources.  

There are clearly 2 views on the demise of the marriage. As we first reported, some sources with a bird's-eye view have told us Jen was fed up with Ben's booze and blackjack habits. But other sources who are also very familiar with the couple are saying when push came to shove, Jennifer made no mention of alcohol and gambling ... her beef was that Ben wasn't a "present husband."

Fact is ... Ben has had back-to-back film projects for several years, and spent much of his time out of town. The sources say Jen felt ignored and neglected, and they argued frequently over it.

These sources say this has nothing to do with Ben being a neglectful dad. Quite the opposite, they say he's a great dad who does everything he can for the kids. And, we're told, she didn't really have any beef about his parenting skills ... her  problem was with Ben as a husband.

In the end, we're told the breakup was mutual. Ben felt he was a good husband, who was juggling his career and family, but it wasn't enough for her.

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Sherri Shepherd

Settles Divorce

Rolls Over on Child Support, Sorta

7/1/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_sherri_shepherd_lamar_sally_tmzSherri Shepherd's nasty divorce and custody battle is finally over ... and stunningly, she has agreed to pay child support for the kid she disavowed from birth ... but with a catch.

Our sources say, Sherri and estranged hubby Lamar Sally have struck a settlement agreement in which the ex-'View' co-host will pay $4,100 a month in child support. The monthly obligation increases to $4,600 when the kid turns 13.  

Remember, Sherri fought Lamar tooth and nail in court, claiming he defrauded her into getting a surrogate to carry a baby for the purpose of getting child support.

Now for the catch. According to the settlement agreement, Sherri is allowed to pursue her fraud claim and if the appeals court rules in her favor, her child support obligations will disappear. 

And there's a Sofia Vergara twist ... the couple has embryos in storage and Sherri wants them destroyed. Lamar is undecided. According to the settlement, if Lamar chooses to bring the embryos to term, Sherri will not have to pay child support.

Sherri's not walking away completely empty-handed ... she'll get to hold onto the rights to her show, "Funny Mothers" which is currently in development.

WNBA's Glory Johnson

I'M HAVING TWINS

With or Without Brittney

6/29/2015 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0629-glory-johnson-baby-ultrasound-INSTAGRAM-01WNBA star Glory Johnson just announced ... she's carrying TWINS ... and says it's exactly what she and her estranged wife Brittney Griner planned all along. 

Johnson says she's 9 weeks preggo with the two kids -- and says, "Its not a surprise for me because this is what we planned for with the IVF Cycle."

As we previously reported, Griner distanced herself from the pregnancy in court docs -- saying she has no biological connection to the kids and didn't know any of the key details about the pregnancy. 

But Glory is remaining positive ... saying, "Hearing their hearts beat for time was the most ASTONISHING thing I have ever heard in my ENTIRE LIFE."

Her announcement even came with a basketball pun -- "For 15yrs Double-Doubles came with hardwork and dedication...now I've been blessed by God to have "double doubles" for the rest of my life!"

Still unclear what role, if any, Griner will have in the children's lives ... since she filed to annul the marriage to Johnson just 28 days after they tied the knot.  

Levi Johnston

Changes His Tune

Hey Bristol, I'm Here To Help

6/29/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bristol Palin just got some support from her nemesis -- the baby daddy fighting her in a nasty custody war ... former fiance, Levi Johnston.

It's a strange twist. Levi, who shares 6-year-old Tripp with Palin, tells TMZ he and wife Sunny are going to do what they can to help raise her new kid. He says she's "a great mom."

And get this ... Levi says he's sorry for Bristol's string of bad luck, specifically mentioning the fact she called off her wedding.  

Palin posted a somber announcement on her Facebook page Thursday and noted that the pregnancy was a "huge disappointment" to her and her family, but Sunday she said the pregnancy was planned.

As for the whole kid out of wedlock thing, Levi says waiting to have kids until the parents tie the knot is the way to go, but he understands things happen ... they happened to him. 

Strange words for someone fighting for custody. 

Diddy

Hits the Stage

...Then His Ass

6/29/2015 3:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You can't keep Diddy down ... even when he falls into a giant hole.

It happened Sunday night during an epic Bad Boys Records tribute at the BET Awards featuring Mase, Faith Evans, Lil' Kim, and 112  ... Diddy danced over what appeared to be an elevator lift opening. He fell smack on his ass ... hard.

But the football father took it like a champ -- popping right up and finishing to a standing ovation.

Now that's what you call strength and conditioning.

Diddy seemed in good shape when he hit up BOA after the show, but wasn't into our questions about his UCLA football fight.


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Bristol Palin

So This Pregnancy was Planned

And I Don't Regret It

6/28/2015 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0628-bristol-palin-TMZ-03Bristol Palin makes no apparent sense ... now she says her latest out of wedlock baby was planned.

Bristol just posted what looks squarely inconsistent with what she wrote when she announced her pregnancy. She says in her latest blog post, "This pregnancy was actually planned."

Bristol -- who became an abstinence spokesperson and urged women to prevent such pregnancies -- says there's a big difference between her pregnant at 17 and 24. 

It's unclear how this was a mistake if it was planned, and the regret that laced her previous sentiments is now gone. She also says she can't wait for baby #2.

The only possible explanation we can think of ... maybe she and her fiancé got pregnant in anticipation of marriage but then they broke up.

Bristol ends by saying, "Deal with it." We're trying.

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