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'Mexican Madonna' Gloria Trevi

I'd Give Trump a Second Chance

But Only If ...

10/7/2015 3:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gloria Trevi's life story is so absolutely insane it became a movie, which she says brought her to tears -- but the "Mexican Madonna" cracked up when we suggested she perform for Donald Trump

Trevi survived one of the biggest scandals in the history of music -- after shooting to superstardom in the '90s, she and her bf/manager were accused of running a sex cult for minors. The couple fled to Brazil, and Trevi was eventually arrested there and imprisoned for nearly 5 years while awaiting trial.

Oh, and she managed to get pregnant while behind bars. When it was all said and done ... she was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

Soooo ... now that her biopic "Gloria" is out, and she's reviving her career -- we wondered if she'd consider playing Trump's inauguration.

Check out her answer ... she's NOT saying never.


Frank Zappa's Wife

Dies at 70

10/7/2015 3:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1007-gail-zappa-getty-MAIN-01Gail Zappa, the widow of music legend Frank Zappa has died. She was 70 years old.

The Zappa family tells TMZ ... Gail passed away Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. We're told she had been battling an illness for several years. 

1007-gail-zappa-getty-SUB-01Frank and Gail married in 1967 and had 4 kids together -- Diva, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Moon.

The family says Gail "conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality."

Frank was 52 when he passed away in '93 from prostate cancer.


Lance Bass

I Was Sexually Harassed ...

During 'N Sync Days

10/7/2015 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lance Bass is now saying he was sexually harassed as a teenager in 'N Sync -- and although he didn't name the person who did it ... the new allegation sounds eerily similar to things he's said about the group's ex-manager. 

Bass and his co-hosts on "The Meredith Vieira Show" were talking about Ashley Judd's recent sexual harassment allegations ... when he opened up about his own experience. 

Lance says he was inappropriately touched by someone he worked with when he was 16 or 17. He does not mention 'N Sync's  former manager Lou Pearlman by name.

In the past, Lance has said of Lou ... "He'd always grab our arms and feel our muscles and go: 'Hey boys, you workin' out? Yeahhhh!'" He added that he didn't think of the touching as crossing any line.

Numerous reports have claimed Pearlman molested several of his young proteges, but he was never charged with any crime. He did get busted for embezzlement and is serving 25 years in prison.



I Don't Regret Passing on Drake ... One Bit

10/7/2015 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Akon is not a second-guesser, and that's why he has no second thoughts about his decision to take a pass on signing Drake before the Canadian blew up.

We got Akon at LAX Tuesday when our photog dared to ask if he kicks himself over the decision.

Remember, Akon passed back in 2005, when Drake really wasn't Drake. 

Akon's interesting.

Diddy's Son

I'd Do 'Empire' in a Heartbeat

No Matter What My Dad Wants

10/7/2015 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Quincy Combs is drawing the line on the subject of family loyalty -- it doesn't matter that his pops, Diddy reportedly has issues with "Empire" ... he'd love almost any role on the show, except Jussie Smollett's.

Quincy was leaving 1 OAK Tuesday when our photog asked if he'd toe the line with his dad in his beef with "Empire." Rumor is the show wanted Quincy for the Hakeem role, but Diddy squashed it because FOX would own all the music he made.  

Check it out ... Quincy makes it sound like the rumors were false, because he says he'd absolutely take a role, but he's not experienced enough to play a gay character -- presumably because there are scenes involving overt affection.

He's not saying anything disparaging about gays ... he just doesn't think he could pull it off.

LAPD Gun Stalker Video

Rap Group Claims Gun's a Phony

10/7/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The LAPD can chill, because there's no need to launch a criminal investigation into the video which seems to show someone lurking around a cop car with gun in hand ... because the people who shot the video say the gun's a fake. 

The '90s rap group Brownside produced an Instagram video showing someone in a car flashing a gun as an unsuspecting LAPD cop gets out of his patrol car. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck believes the guy with the gun has a prior conviction and may have committed a crime -- carrying a firearm inside a vehicle.

But a member of the group -- Toker -- tells us his brother is the one in the video, and the gun is a plastic prop ... one of many they bought earlier in the day for a music video shoot for their single, "Till the Casket Drops."

By the Way, the group was once signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records.

Eazy would be proud.

Mariah Carey

I'm Directing A XMAS Movie ...

And My Favorite 'Mean Girl' Is In It

10/7/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1006-mariah-carey-set-chair-TMZ-01Mariah Carey is directing a Hallmark movie for the holidays starring her favorite character, Gretchen Weiners from "Mean Girls."

Our Mariah people say she started working on "A Christmas Melody" Tuesday and made herself right at home in the director's chair. We're told Mariah had only one request, her favorite actress from her favorite movie star in the flick. Let's be serious ... she had more than one request.

Lacey Chabert, who played Gretchen Weiners in "Mean Girls" was more than happy to take the lead.  

Mariah won't appear in the movie but we're told her music is featured throughout. It's unclear if MiMi tapped into directing legend Brett Ratner for advice. 

Jason Aldean

Tour Equipment Truck Flips

In Scary Wreck

10/6/2015 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1006_the_truck_twitter_SUBJason Aldean might have made it over the Canadian border just fine but some of his equipment wasn't so lucky after a nasty car wreck.

A tractor trailer carrying a ton of Aldean's gear allegedly lost control on a British Columbia highway, the big rig then hit a rock and flipped completely over. Luckily, the driver suffered only minor injuries. 

As for the concert ... it was supposed to be Tuesday night but has been delayed until Wednesday night. 

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. 


I Thought I Could Change Chris Brown

After the Beating

10/6/2015 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

1006-rihanna-brown-getty-01Rihanna now says she gave Chris Brown a second chance after he beat her up because she felt she was just one of those people "built to handle s*** like this."

Rihanna spoke to Vanity Fair about her reasoning for taking Chris Brown back and making the decision to lift the restraining order after the brutal beating. You may recall, she went vacationing with Chris 3 weeks after the attack.

Rihanna's logic for going back ... "Maybe I'm the person who's almost the guardian angel to this person, to be there when they're not strong enough, when they're not understanding the world, when they just need someone to encourage them in a positive way and say the right thing."

She went on, saying she thought she could change Brown, "A hundred percent. I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn't understand him."

And she had an interesting take on how she actually became Brown's "enemy," saying, "You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I'm willing to put up with something, they think less of you."



Rachel Dolezal's a Hero

... Black Game Changer!

10/6/2015 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1006-rihanna-dolezal-getty-instagram-01File Under: Didn't See This One Comin' ... but Rihanna just went to bat for faux-black person Rachel Dolezal ... saying her ultra-tan charade was less disgraceful and more HEROIC! 

"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," Rihanna told Vanity Fair

"Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up."

Dolezal was mocked relentlessly for pretending to be black -- and resigned from her position as the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP after she was exposed. 

But now with Rihanna's support ... is it possible Dolezal can make a legitimate comeback? 

Missy Elliott Sued

You Did NOT Work It ...

Now You Gotta Pay

10/5/2015 3:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005-missy-elliot-instagram-01Missy Elliott was set to perform 2 concerts in Brazil ... but never did put her game down, flip it, OR reverse it -- because she failed to promote the concerts, so now she's getting sued.

According to the suit, Missy skipped a scheduled national TV appearance on Brazil's Rede Globo. Missy was supposed to appear in November 2012 to pump up 2 shows set to go down later that month in Rio and Porto Alegre.

Jean Faustin, who booked Missy for the concerts, says her no-show screwed up ticket sales ... so he had to cancel the gigs. He says he'd already paid her a $75,000 deposit to perform -- so, he wants that amount back, plus interest.

We reached out to Missy's camp, but no word back yet.

Musk, Favreau & Rubin

I Got The Tab ...

No, I Got It ... No, I Do ...

10/5/2015 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005_Jon_Favreau_Rick_Rubin_Elon_Musk_lunch_malibu_fameflynetThis is the ultimate power lunch -- a table for three with the guy who co-created Def Jam, the guy who directed "Iron Man" and the guy trying to colonize Mars.

Elon Musk, Jon Favreau and Rick Rubin all met for lunch Sunday on the Malibu Pier.

Favreau has mentioned his friendship with the SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO in the past, saying he based "Iron Man's" Tony Stark on Musk. No word on how they both know Rubin, but there is a Def Jam film in the works.

Just how powerful was this meal? Check their reported net worth stats: Rubin, $250 Million ... Favreau, $60 Million ... and Elon Musk, $13.2 BILLION!

So, who picked up the check? The correct answer is: It doesn't matter. 


Motownin' In Miami

... 'My Girl' Duet With Wyclef Jean

10/5/2015 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Shaquille O'Neal just made his case for inclusion into a very elite group ... The Fugees ... 'cause The Diesel just brought the house down in Miami ... hitting the stage to sing "My Girl" with Wyclef Jean.

Jean and O'Neal were at Barry University for their 75th anniversary "Birthday Bash" Saturday night where Jean ... of course a world famous musician ... was giving a special performance.

The performance got extra special when O'Neal ... a world famous cut-up ... crashed the stage to join Clef in a performance of the Motown classic "My Girl."

Check out the clip -- Shaq doesn't quite know the lyrics, but it doesn't stop him from swaggin' his way through Smokey Robinson's words with a little assist from Wyclef.

Bonus -- We also got video of  Wyclef performing "Hips Don't Lie" later in the night.

Non-bonus -- Shakira was NOT with him.

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