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Carl Lentz Hesitates to Congratulate Bieber on Engagement ... After Major Falling Out

7/13/2018 7:41 AM PDT
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Carl Lentz -- the pastor at the Hillsong church who was inseparable from Justin Bieber -- appeared to have trouble congratulating Justin on his engagement, and we're told it's because the 2 have had a major falling out.

Lentz was in Sydney, Australia Friday when the photog asked about Bieber, and it's pretty clear Lentz was uncomfortable.

Sources connected to Bieber tell TMZ ... Justin became angry at Lentz a while ago and broke ties with the pastor.

Justin and his fiancee, Hailey Baldwin, have both been active members of Hillsong and continue to patronize the church but, at least as far as Justin is concerned ... Carl is history. 

We contacted Lentz, who told us he will not comment on his personal relationship with Bieber.

Tim Tebow's Mom Tim's Ready for the Majors! ... We're So Proud!

7/11/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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WE GOT TIM TEBOW'S MOM!!!! How cool is this?!

Tim Tebow's mother, Pamela, tells TMZ Sports her son is ready to play in the Big Leagues ... and she couldn't be more proud of the way he's playing! 

FYI, Tim's been raking down in the minor leagues -- earning a spot in the Eastern League All-Star Game -- and Mama Tebow says he's ready for the call up to the Mets' MLB roster.

"We're partial, so we would vote for him to go up to the majors," Pam said at LAX ... "But, it's not up to us!"

We also asked how the Tebow family felt when Tim decided to make the switch from football to baseball -- and she was super candid about it. 

"Timmy never had any bitterness. He had such a great attitude, because he believed it was God's plan for him. And then, we just all supported him because he still had a competitive drive."

"And he just still wanted to play ball. So baseball was second, so why not try it?"

"I think he's an example for all the little boys that maybe are afraid to try something because people don't think they'll succeed. So, you don't make it? At least you tried! That's what his main purpose is, he really wants to be a good example for them."

And, if you want some Mama Tebow bible scripture of the day? She gives us some of that too! 

President Trump Announces Judge Brett Kavanaugh ... As New SCOTUS Nominee

7/9/2018 6:29 PM PDT
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President Trump has tapped his pick for the next Supreme Court justice to replace Anthony Kennedy -- and he's being hailed as a strong conservative choice.

The Prez nominated DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday, nearly two weeks after Kennedy announced he was retiring. Kavanaugh, a George W. Bush appointee, is considered by many to be an establishment guy, and has even been called the "Forrest Gump of Republican politics." He's also Catholic.

Kavanaugh has quite the resume ... having gone to Yale Law, and working in the Solicitor General's office in George H.W. Bush's administration. He also worked for Ken Starr during his investigation into then-President Bill Clinton, and is credited with pushing for tough questions on Bubba's sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky.

Oh, and he also used to clerk for the guy he's replacing on the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh has been serving on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006. He hasn't weighed in on a whole lot of abortion cases personally, but is reported as saying he would follow Supreme Court precedent on abortion rights, but hasn't disclosed his own views on Roe v. Wade.

Scarlett Johansson Calls BS on Tom Cruise Date Audition ... That's 'So Demeaning'

6/27/2018 5:31 PM PDT

Scarlett Johansson's fired up about a former Scientologist making a claim -- on live TV -- that she once auditioned to date Tom Cruise ... and she's not letting him get away with it.

The 'Avengers' star put Brendan Tighe -- who says he used to work on Cruise's Scientology security team -- on blast after he appeared on Megyn Kelly's NBC show Wednesday and claimed she was on a list of women who auditioned to date him after his split from Nicole Kidman years ago.

Johansson tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning. I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships."

She added ... "Only a man aka Brendan Tighe would come up with a crazy story like that."

Tighe also claimed Scarlett's audition must not have gone well, because actress and Scientologist Erika Christensen had to distance herself from her afterward.

For the record ... along with Johansson saying Tighe is full of it, the Church of Scientology denies his alleged role with Cruise.

Cardi B & Offset Wedding Officiant Didn't Sign NDA ... Just Kept It All Secret

6/26/2018 12:06 PM PDT
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The minister who officiated Cardi B and Offset's wedding says the rappers never made her sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep it all hush hush ... she's just really good at keeping a secret.

Minister Melinda Guess tells us she'd never met Cardi or Offset prior to their September day ... and was totally caught off guard when their team called and asked if she'd do the honor. 

Guess tells us, all Cardi and Offset wished for was privacy, and Guess happily obliged. TMZ broke the story ... Cardi and Offset have now been married for 9 months. The nuptials went down after Offset woke up one September morning and straight-up told Cardi to marry him.

Guess -- who owns Officiant ATL -- tells us her standard rate for home ceremonies runs between $500 and $1,000.

As for the wedding day attire ... Guess says they both wore pants and a t-shirt. Nothing fancy. They exchanged traditional vows, though nothing was personalized.

Mazel!

Todd Chrisley Jeff Sessions Doesn't Fool Me ... Stop 'Twisting' the Bible!!!

6/17/2018 8:16 AM PDT
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If there's one thing Todd Chrisley knows best ... it's that Attorney General Jeff Sessions does NOT know best when it comes to Bible scriptures about separating kids from their parents.

The "Chrisley Knows Best" star was at LAX on Saturday, and we asked him about Romans 13 .. the Bible verse Sessions quoted the other day while defending the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Todd immediately shot down the atty gen.'s interpretation of the passage, which was -- "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.”

Todd's not willing to buy that Romans 13 still holds true, telling us ... "Based on the way our government runs, that would cause me to question my faith if I had to be submissive to the way this country's being handled."

He has a different translation of the good word, and has a suggestion for any American's who trust Sessions' "twisting" of the Bible.

Whitney Houston Her Bible Is Yours For $95k (Can We Get An Amen!)

6/6/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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A bible Whitney Houston left behind when she moved out of her Newport Beach luxury rental is now being sold by her former landlord ... for a whopping $95k.

Whitney rented the home from 2009-2011. The owner says he found the bible in a box along with some clothes and CDs by the trash after she'd moved out. He says he had signed an NDA and contacted Houston's agent about the left-behind items, but was told he could keep them.

The bible, which is being sold through Moments in Time, has Whitney's handwriting all over it. There are pages documenting life events. For instance, under marriage Whitney scribbled in her name and Robert B. Brown and the date July 18, 1992, which matches up. Under births, it lists Bobbi K. Kristina and her birthday March 4, 1993. 

The owner sold the home in 2012, and says he threw out all the other stuff Houston left behind except the bible because he thought it was "interesting." And a good investment, if he finds a buyer.

Roseanne Hey, Lefties ... I'm a Jew, Quit Lynching Me!!

5/31/2018 7:02 AM PDT

Roseanne Barr is getting torn apart, unfairly mind you, by liberals out to attack "a Jew" ... at least according to Roseanne Barr.

Despite her twice issued threat to get off Twitter for good, Roseanne continued tweeting up a storm late Wednesday ... replying to the barrage of comments about her racist tweet and ABC swiftly responding by yanking "Roseanne" off the air.

In one tweet she said, "I'm not sure, but I think I spent the last 24 hours watching the party of inclusion, diversity, understanding, and acceptance, lynch a Jew."

Seems Roseanne's already forgotten her 'muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes' description of Valerie Jarrett.

She also claimed to be the victim of anti-Semitism when some of her detractors called her out over the 2009 photo shoot she did ... dressed as Hitler putting human-shaped cookies in an oven.

She insisted she's not a racist, and merely made, "One stupid joke in a lifetime of fighting 4 civil rights 4 all minorities."

Adam Rippon Praises Pope Francis Pro-Gay Comments Were 'So Awesome!'

5/27/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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The Pope is gonna be stoked ... 'cause he just got some serious props from the guy who won "Dancing with the Stars!"

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon -- the first openly gay U.S. athlete to medal in the Winter Olympics -- says he heard about Pope Francis telling a gay man that his sexuality "does not matter" and thinks it's "so awesome!" 

Backstory ... Pope Francis had spent some time back in April with a man who was sexually abused by a priest. When the topic of his sexuality came up, the Pope reportedly said, "God made you like this. God loves you like this."

He added, "The Pope loves you like this and you should love yourself and not worry about what people say."

Rippon LOVED the comments ... and told TMZ Sports, "I think that's so awesome what the Pope said. It would be pretty cool to like meet him one day."

Bishop Michael Curry Love is the Way, Prez Trump!! God Hears Us, Do You?

5/24/2018 10:37 PM PDT
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The Holy Spirit came a knocking for President Trump Thursday night ... in the form of royal wedding preacher Bishop Michael Curry.

The standout star of Prince Harry and Meghan's big day was part of a candlelight vigil in the Capitol that included prayer and song outside the White House. The Bishop told us their goal was spreading a message of "love of God and love of neighbor."

We asked him the $64 million question -- was POTUS paying attention? Bishop Curry assured us a high power was definitely listening to their prayers.

The Bishop's become a bit of an international rockstar since the royal wedding, and he's clearly striking while the iron's hot ... taking his message straight to the leader of the free world. Still, he made it clear the vigil was NOT about politics.

Sure, he had 600 wedding guests and a TV audience of millions believing "love is the way" -- but if he can make DC politicians buy it, we might have a new leader in the clubhouse for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Offset Cardi Was Right ... I Crashed 'Cause of a Crackhead

5/23/2018 4:29 PM PDT
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Offset is back on his feet and looking healthy after getting into a nasty crash last week -- one he says he got into due to a "crackhead" he almost hit on the road.

We got the Migos rapper Thursday in Bev Hills, where he thanked God his injuries from his nasty car crash last week weren't worse -- though they were kinda bad. He even says the big man upstairs was the good Samaritan who allegedly took him to the hospital. 

Yeah, we're not sure what he means either. One thing we are sure of ... Offset won't face more questions about the crash, not from cops, anyway. 

There's also this ... our guy asked if a since-deleted tweet from his fiancee, Cardi B, claiming he swerved to dodge a crackhead was true. Sounds like it is.

Royal Wedding's Bishop Curry A Rockstar in NYC The Love's Going Strong!

5/22/2018 11:19 AM PDT
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Bishop Curry is getting major love in New York City after preaching about it at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding. 

We got the bishop in NYC Tuesday, where he was making the media rounds after his powerful sermon, hypothesizing on a world where "love is the way." He was getting swarmed by fans on the street ... people asking questions, and wanting selfies.

Our photog asks if he thought he'd get this much attention prior to his Royal Wedding appearance -- he says no, but doesn't mind making folks a little happy because of it. That jibes with what he told us Monday ... that his message of love wasn't sappy BS

He's also got some advice for any normies who aren't of Royal descent that might be tying the knot. Yep ... you guessed it.

Rep. Steve Scalise Blames Texas School Shooting on Not Enough Religion

5/21/2018 3:52 PM PDT
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GOP House Whip Steve Scalise says maybe if there was more faith, religion and God in schools across America the mass shooting at a Texas high school last week could've been prevented.

The congressman was at Reagan National Airport on Monday and we wanted to get his thoughts on how kids, teachers and parents can cope with last week's horrific act that resulted in 8 students and 2 teachers killed at Santa Fe High School. Scalise, of course, fought for his life last year after getting shot when a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball team practice ... so who better to ask?

But, when our guy asks what more besides prayer can be done to prevent such a tragedy ... Scalise doubles down on more prayer.

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