Even Justin Bieber's hideous hat choices can't keep Selena Gomez away -- the two got up close and personal at Coachella this weekend, despite the fact that Bieber was literally dressed like a newborn baby at the beach.
Wearing sunglasses and a bonnet, Bieber stood beside Gomez during Jhene Aiko's set on Sunday -- and we're told they were hanging together all day. At one point, we're told Selena was sitting on Justin's lap.
It's definitely Justin in the photo too -- earlier in the day, he was wearing the exact same humiliating outfit onstage with Chance the Rapper.
We're calling it "90s street thug beach baby" chic.
Sorry I Sucked in STL
I Was Off My Meds!
4/15/2014 9:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
B.B. King is totally embarrassed by his subpar performance in St. Louis recently -- but his rep tells TMZ, he has a good excuse for sucking ... the blues legend was off his meds.
King's April 4th performance at the Peabody Opera House was meandering and stilted, he chatted with the audience more than he sang, people heckled him, and some even walked out. It was bad.
But a rep for B.B. -- who's 88 years old by the way -- tells us, "Mr. King suffers from diabetes -- and he mistakenly missed a dose of his prescribed medication on the show day."
In addition to his high blood sugar problem, King's rep says the singer was exhausted from a 1,600 mile bus trip from Vegas -- adding, "Simply put, it was a bad night for one of America's living blues legends -- and Mr. King apologizes and humbly asks for the understanding of his fans."
Now here's one of his best performances.
Debbie Rowe is CRAZY
MJ Would Be NOBODY Without the Jackson 5
4/15/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jermaine Jackson is reeling over Debbie Rowe's comment that Michael Jackson told her his brothers were talentless .... saying Michael owes his fame to his older siblings.
Jermaine was blunt in Calabasas Monday, telling TMZ, "If it wasn't for the Jackson 5 there would be no Michael Jackson," adding, "That's what gave him the launching pad to become what he became."
You have to watch the whole video. It's shocking.
Jermaine also addresses Debbie's claims he's using MJ's kids to mooch off the estate.
Jermaine suggests he doesn't need the MJ estate's money because he made a fortune with the Jackson 5 -- tell that to the baby mama who's been hunting him down for child support for years.
Rise of the Ginger Gangsta!
4/15/2014 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
I 'Was Robbed' Comment Was Not a Diss to Paul Walker
4/14/2014 6:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ice Cube is setting the record straight ... saying he was not taking a huge shot at Paul Walker when he griped about losing to him at the MTV Movie Awards -- and claims his words were misinterpreted.
Cube raised eyebrows when, according to USA Today, he said ... "We was robbed" in the Best Onscreen Duo category. He and Kevin Hart's "Ride Along" lost to Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's "Fast & Furious 6."
He added, "We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy."
Sounds like Cube was getting some heat ... because he's now saying, "I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker."
Ice Cube also tweeted, "Ice Cube is not a sore loser. I was born losing. This winning s*** is what I gotta get use to."
Sources close to the actor/rapper tell us he had a joking tone during the USA Today interview ... and was just busting on award shows since he doesn't take them seriously.
We feel you on that, Cube.
The IRS Is Too Illegit To Quit
4/14/2014 3:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
MC Hammer says the IRS is shamefully out to get him ... belatedly demanding penalties on taxes he fully paid 7 years ago.
Hammer famously went belly up in 1996 -- declaring bankruptcy and in the process losing everything, including his master recordings and most worldly possession.
Hammer got out from under his debt by anteing up more than $7 mil in 2007, and that amount included more than $1.4 million to the IRS.
Now -- 7 years later -- hammer says Uncle Sam has just demanded another $1.4 mil -- this time for penalties and interest on the delinquent 1996 taxes.
Hammer thinks it's a travesty, and has filed legal docs asking a judge to block the IRS from collecting because of basic principles of fairness.
I Get a Good Feeling ...
$1.2 Million Tax Bill Cleared
4/14/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Flo Rida is no longer a tax fugitive -- the rapper has just settled with Uncle Sam over a $1.2 million tax bill.
The feds filed the tax lien against Flo earlier this year, claiming he owed a total of $1,197,655 in back taxes stemming from the years 2009 - 2011.
It's unclear if Flo paid the full amount -- but whatever he paid, the government was happy ... because it just extinguished the lien ... meaning he's off the hook.
Now if only he could figure out all this baby mama drama...
Selena Gomez' Parents
BLINDSIDED By Firing
4/14/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez's mom claims she got ZERO warning that the singer was axing her as her manager ... until TMZ broke the story.
Selena's mom Mandy Teefey says she and Selena's stepdad sat down with the singer Thursday after TMZ's story ... and asked Selena if she was absolutely sure she wanted to move in a different direction. Selena said yes.
Mandy tells us she thought last month's conversation was just talk ... and she's having a hard time processing the fact that she's no longer Selena's manager.
Selena's mom and stepdad had managed the 21-year-old since her big break at Disney -- but as we reported, Selena told her parents she'd outgrown them and wanted bigger management.
Mandy says she respects her daughter's decision ... and plans to continue producing several movie projects with Selena, including the upcoming "The Sky Is Everywhere."
I'm Ready for Another
4/14/2014 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ed Sheeran and Rick Ross on the same track? It just might happen ... so says the ginger king himself.
Our photog caught up with Sheeran over the weekend in New York City, and after a few questions about U.K./U.S. culture shock ... we asked if anything will ever come from his recent friendship with rapper Da Boss.
And much to our surprise ... Sheeran said yes!
Sheeran's past duets have been with the likes of Taylor Swift, Christina Perri and Elton John ... so needless to say this one would be ... different.
New Bachelor Pad Will Set Me Free
... From Commuting
4/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When ballers like T.I. want to cut down their commute they do NOT carpool -- they just spend more cash on a new home ... closer to work. Genius.
Atlanta sources tell TMZ ... Tip just leased a 4 BR, European estate in the exclusive Buckhead neighborhood -- even though he and his wife Tiny already have a house in A-Town.
We're told ... the rapper's real estate motivation is simple. The place is just two minutes from his studio -- erasing his usual 40 minute drive home after a night of recording.
But check out the pics -- with a massive pool, outdoor kitchen, and entertainment area -- we doubt there will be a lot of sleep going down at this crash pad.
Jay Z and Beyonce
We're at Coachella!
4/13/2014 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The first couple of hip hop made their mark on Coachella Saturday ... surprising two different audiences with unannounced appearances -- and the hipsters went BONKERS!
First up, Beyonce ... who danced her way onto the stage during little sister Solange's set. However Queen Bey didn't grace the Indio crowd with a single note.
Next, Jay Z ... who rapped alongside his former nemesis Nas for a few minutes -- then made his swift exit from the festival.
... and just like that, they were gone.
Philly Cops Betta Have My Money
'Marijuana' Bust Cost Me Millions
4/13/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Meek Mill says the Philly P.D. screwed him out of a multi-million dollar shoe contract ... and now he's suing the City of Brotherly Love to get his cash back.
According to the lawsuit, Meek claims his Halloween 2012 arrest was total BS because even though cops claimed they smelled pot in his car ... they ultimately came up with zilch. Meek says he was cuffed for refusing to let cops search -- and he ended up missing a private jet flight to Atlanta.
Meek claims he lost $22k on the cancelled jet and a $39K appearance fee for the A-Town party he missed.
In the docs, he also claims he took a hit in negotiating a $2 million deal with Puma because all the negative pub from the arrest ... forced him to settle for a mere $650K.
Meek is suing the city of Philly for false imprisonment, invasion of privacy ... and most importantly (we suspect) to get back some of that lost dough.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer
I'm Disgusted the CIA Allegedly Used Our Music
To Torture a Man!
4/12/2014 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith almost threw up in a Malibu parking lot Saturday ... after learning the CIA allegedly used his band's music during a suspected terrorist interrogation.
Chad was leaving Coogies when our photog asked for his opinion on a recent news report saying RHCP music was used during a CIA interrogation in 2002.
According to Al Jazeera ... the report says Abu Zubaydah was shackled by his wrists to the ceiling of a secret prison site and forced to listen to one of their songs on a loop -- among other torture methods. No word on which song.
The 52-year old rocker is pissed at the feds -- and he's not shy about it.
Someone's gonna get audited this year.