Chris Brown is enjoying life again as a totally free man ... who is also totally free of abs. Turns out not EVERY guy who does time, comes out looking diesel. Why?
It's kinda like real estate -- location, location, location! We should explain.
SHAQ'S A DOPE RAPPER
I Wish I Woulda Signed Him
7/31/2014 12:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z, Kanye West, LL Cool J, who's missing? According to Russell Simmons it's Shaquille O'neal because the Hip Hop pioneer tells TMZ Sports he "wishes" he'd have signed Shaq to a record deal back in the day.
Russell, co-founder of the legendary Def Jam records, was out in New York City when we asked him if there was a rapping athlete that he'd have wanted to work with back in DJ's heyday.
Simmons doesn't hesitate to big up the Diesel -- who recently dusted off his rap skills to audition for Pharrell -- cracking a huge smile and telling us Shaq was "kinda cool" on the mic.
Ya hear that Pharrell? Russell says it's OK.
Shaq & Waka Flaka
Sued For Mocking Fan on Social Media
7/31/2014 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shaquille O'Neal and rapper Waka Flocka Flame just got hit with lawsuits for reposting a photo of a man with a rare disorder and mocking his appearance.
Jahmel Binion posted a selfie back in April which Shaq and Waka eventually reposted with mean-spirited captions ... clearly making fun of his face.
Jahmel suffers from a disorder called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia -- it causes limited hair growth, missing teeth, and facial deformities.
As we reported ... once Shaq found out about Jahmel's condition he took down the post, got in touch with Jahmel and apologized. He tweeted ... "Made a new friend today when I called and apologized to Jahmel Binion. Great dude. #alwayslearning #MYBADCUZ."
Jahmel has now filed a defamation suit against Shaq, Waka, and Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke -- who allegedly threw in his own insults over social media. The lawsuit points out that more than 8.4 million people saw the insults.
23-year-old Jahmel told the Macomb Daily in Michigan ... "When they said sorry, I felt like they were saying it to get the pressure off of them for being considered ‘bad people.’”
I Want to Squash the Beef
... with Floyd Mayweather
7/31/2014 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
T.I.'s wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle tells TMZ Sports ... she's ready to end the war with Floyd Mayweather ... after a feud that already led to a bloody brawl at a Vegas burger joint.
You know the backstory ... T.I. confronted Mayweather at Fatburger back in May and a huge fight broke out. Floyd later said T.I. was mad because the rapper thought he had sex with his wife.
Both Floyd and Tiny had denied hooking up -- and said they were just friends -- but a short time later, Tiny blew Mayweather off on the red carpet at the BET Awards ... and it appeared the friendship was over.
But this week, we asked Tiny if the two would ever bury the hatchet -- and judging from her answer, she's ready to stop the fighting and finally move on.
Likes to Go Down Under For Chicks
7/31/2014 7:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber clearly has a thing for Australian women ... a day after brawling with Orlando Bloom over Miranda Kerr, Biebs was spotted on a yacht in Ibiza with another Aussie babe, Shanina Shaik.
Shaik -- who Instagrammed a few shots from the boat -- was born and raised in Melbourne and has done modeling work for the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Chanel. She dated Tyson Beckford for years until their breakup in 2013.
There's no evidence Justin was involved with their split, so he should be safe ... which is good. Tyson is waaaaaaaay bigger than Orlando.
Covers 'Stay W/ Me'
And It's Strangely Enchanting
7/31/2014 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Vin Diesel is not exactly known for being a singer ... but the guy just covered Sam Smith's hit "Stay with Me" ... and it's absolutely captivating.
The action star was doing an interview for his new movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" when Capital FM asked him to belt out a few verses of the song.
He's not what you call "classically skilled" ... but he hits the high notes, the low notes -- and brings some passion that not even Simon Cowell could trash.
In other words ... it's beautiful.
Damn you, Vin Diesel.
Smith was apparently a fan of Diesel's performance, tweeting, "Vin Diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha."
I Did NOT Bang Orlando Bloom...
It Was Just A Cigarette Break
7/31/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez says she's never done the nasty with Orlando Bloom ... and she has absolutely zero to do with his raging battle against her ex-BF Justin Bieber.
Sources directly connected to Selena tell us ... the reason she was with Orlando back in March is because their manager organized an event for his clients at We Day in Oakland.
As for the widely-circulated photo of Orlando and Selena at a Chelsea Handler show in L.A. a few weeks later ... it was nothing more than a smoke break. They were actually with their respective groups of friends and happened to be next to each other when the pic was snapped.
And here's Orlando's speech at the same event.
Tells Fans He's Ridin' His Harley
Which VIOLATES DUI Probation
7/31/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miguel says he took a sun-drenched ride along the So Cal coast 2 weeks ago on his Harley ... which sounds awesome, except for the fact that his probation prohibits it.
Miguel posted a pic of him on the hog with the caption, "Rode down the coast to PV today ... #holdtight #artgang #harleydavidson."
The singer is on probation for a DUI conviction in February. He was to drive ONLY with an interlock device -- where you blow into a tube which then allows the vehicle to start, but only if you're alcohol-free.
We're told there's no interlock on his Harley.
An official in the L.A. City Attorney's office tells TMZ ... the post alone is not sufficient to trigger a probation violation, because it doesn't catch him in the act of driving. The official warns ... they're on the lookout.
Slapping 'Victim' Smacked Singer's Ass
Before Bitch Slap
7/31/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tim McGraw was incited by the woman he slapped ... because we've obtained new video showing she repeatedly smacked him on the ass before he reached his breaking point.
TMZ broke the story ... Tim bitch slapped a fan at an Atlanta concert earlier this month ... after she got handsy and tore his already-ripped jeans. Tim's problem -- he had shooed her hand away, and even hesitated before walloping her. She's hired a lawyer and apparently wants money ... or else.
But the new video shows Jesslyn Taylor aggressively whacked Tim's ass 5 times before the slapping incident.
We reached out to Jesslyn's attorney ... so far no word back.
Reps for Tim had no comment.
How's This for a Release
7/30/2014 2:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miranda Kerr's body isn't the only thing that's flawless ... so's her timing, because she was officially made the new face of 7 For All Mankind jeans ... hours after she triggered a celeb scuffle.
The newly released 30-second spot is smokin' -- Miranda not only looks amazing ... she sounds SO hot.
The 7 Jeans campaign slogan is diabolically perfect: "He loves her. She loves him, but he can’t have her. She has the power. She is in control."
Helen of Troy ... so 1190 BC.
Justin to Orlando
Now You Bawl
7/30/2014 2:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has declared Instagram war on Orlando Bloom ... with a pic of the Brit dissolving into tears.
It's Bieber's second Instagram salvo ... hours after Orlando took a swing at him at Cipriani restaurant in Ibiza he posted a sexy pic of Miranda Kerr and then quickly took it down.
Miranda -- the Helen of Troy in this war -- was the trigger for the bar scuffle. It's clear Orlando felt Justin was banging her while they were still man and wife.
We'd say there's no use crying over Miranda, but then again ...
Now He's Hanging Out With ...
7/30/2014 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In search of someone who could help protect him should Orlando Bloom strike again, Justin Bieber hung out Wednesday on a yacht in Ibiza with none other than Michelle Rodriguez.
There's nothing romantic going on here -- at least not in these photos -- and besides ... MRod's been hanging with a completely different skinny and often shirtless guy in Zac Efron.
If it came down to it, we feel pretty confident Rodriguez could take Bloom ... and Bieber ... and even Efron in a fight.
I NEVER Slept with Justin
7/30/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miranda Kerr did NOT sleep with Justin Bieber after the 2012 Victoria's Secret fashion show ... so Miranda claimed at the time as did her lawyer.
Miranda's lawyer sent out a letter at the time rumors swirled that Miranda and Justin hooked up at a hotel after the show ... when she was still with Orlando Bloom. The letter calls such claims "false and defamatory."
We're told Kerr was as adamant as her lawyer at the time ... that she did NOT hook up with Bieber.
Apparently Orlando Bloom didn't buy the story. The couple separated the following year. And it's very clear from the story we posted Tuesday night ... there's beef between Justin and Orlando over Miranda.
As for Justin ... sources connected with the singer say he got all braggy when he talked about Miranda ... which of course does not necessarily mean he was telling the truth.
Miranda posted a photo this afternoon on Instagram of herself topless in a bathtub ... just in case you forgot what all the fuss was about.