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Chris Pratt The Father & the Son Do Church Post-Split from Mother Anna

8/13/2017 10:52 AM PDT

Chris Pratt is sticking to what he knows in the fallout of his separation from estranged wife Anna Faris ... and that involves family and faith.

Chris was out Sunday taking his 4-year-old son, Jack, to Church in L.A. -- with Anna nowhere in sight. It appears to be the first time he's been seen public since his split from Anna last weekend ... when the ex-couple announced they were separating on social media.

We broke the story ... Chris and Anna are parting ways because of differences in their vision on family and work -- she wants to have more kids and to settle down in L.A., while Chris doesn't want to do either considering his movie career is just now taking off.

Still ... Chris seems to be trying to keep things normal between he and his boy. As normal as they can be without mom, anyway. Also, check out his ring finger ... stripped.

Televangelist Benny Hinn 'Memba Him?!

8/8/2017 12:00 AM PDT

Israeli-born Benny Hinn gained fame (both positive and negative) for his televised faith healing and supernatural 'anointing' that left viewers and participants feeling blown over. Guess what he looks like now!

Justin Bieber I Have a Lot of Faith in Me

8/6/2017 7:34 AM PDT

Justin Bieber reaffirmed his faith Saturday in WeHo at a church event. 

The Biebs hit up the Zoe Church Conference at The Wiltern Theatre.  TMZ broke the story, Bieber cancelled the rest of his "Purpose" tour to work on his faith. He's been surrounded by pastors for months now ... notably Carl Lentz and Rich Wilkerson.  

Saturday would have been Bieber's Rose Bowl performance, but that along with other concert dates is a thing of the past.

Bieber's never said why his concerts get in the way of his religion.

Justin Bieber I'm All in, JC ... Eye Promise!

8/2/2017 1:16 PM PDT

Justin Bieber seems to be reaffirming his dedication to Christ by showing off one of his more recent tattoos -- one that proves his eye is on the prize.

Justin posted an extreme close-up of this tiny tatt of a cross next to his left eye. True Beliebers first spotted it a few months ago, but the fact he's highlighting it now is strong evidence the Biebs is fully committed.

We broke the story, Justin canceled his Purpose tour last week to rededicate himself to his religion.

We'd never proclaim to know what Jesus would do, but WWBD? It frequently involves tattoos.

Justin Bieber QT with Real Dad ... Perfect Timing?

8/1/2017 1:00 AM PDT
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Justin Bieber's blood father is back on the scene ... just days after some huge events in his son's life, and word he had been leaning on Pastor Carl Lentz for fatherly guidance.

Bieber's pops, Jeremy, flew to L.A. from Ontario, Canada over the weekend with Justin's younger brother, Jaxon, in tow. Jeremy was seen driving around town in a convertible ... tailing Justin who was in his own vehicle.

Sources connected to Bieber say Jeremy's visit is absolutely a direct response to Justin's tumultuous week -- from pulling the plug on the Purpose tour, to accidentally hitting a pap with his truck.

And there's this -- as we first reported, Lentz has stepped up over the last several months as a father figure ... spending time with Justin on the road, and back home in Los Angeles. He's the one Justin turned to when he wanted to discuss ending the tour.

Our sources say Justin's had little, if any, relationship with Jeremy all year. It appears the last time they were together was around Christmastime. We're told Jeremy's here now because he just wanted to reconnect and hang with his kid.

So far, so good. Justin's been pretty chill during the visit.

Justin Bieber Never Say Never ... He'll Make Music Again

7/29/2017 1:00 AM PDT
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Justin Bieber's love of music is fully intact, and his love for his religion won't change that ... which is why he's reassuring close friends he WILL return to performing.

When TMZ broke the story ... Justin was canceling the Purpose tour to rededicate "his life to Christ" ... we're told it sent shockwaves through the industry, and there was genuine concern he would put music on the back burner.

Sources connected to his inner circle say Justin's had multiple convos this week, explaining his faith won't stop him from being an artist. We're told music's always been a major release for Justin and he's constantly in and out of studios working on new tunes.

We're told he has not recorded since pulling the plug on his tour, but he's made it clear he intends to return. He just doesn't have a date in mind yet.

Our sources also say he's adamant he'll return to touring too ... when the time is right, but most likely NOT for 2 consecutive years -- as he attempted to do this time.

We got Justin's frequent writing and producing partners, Poo Bear, Skrillex and John Shahidi at Catch, and they were totally in favor of JB's break ... for his rest and his religion.

Justin Bieber In the Name of My New Father ...

7/27/2017 10:41 AM PDT
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Justin Bieber won't complain about one part of his life on the road -- it forced him to grow incredibly close to his pastor, Carl Lentz ... so much so, he now sees him as a 2nd father.

Sources close to Hillsong Church tell TMZ ... Lentz stepped up big-time as a guiding presence in Justin's life, especially while he was on the road and overseas. We're told Justin was lonely during most of the Purpose tour -- he's been estranged from his mother, and likewise, had no relationship with his dad, Jeremy, for some time now.

On the flip side, Lentz flew to visit Justin often -- particularly during his Australia and New Zealand tour stops in March, then they kicked it again during his April break in NYC ... where Pastor Carl primarily preaches.

Interestingly, sources at the church tell us Justin and Carl have spent almost every day together within the last month, and one source described them as "nearly inseparable." As we reported, Justin also views Hillsong as an escape from his celebrity life.

His fondness for Carl, and vice versa, is obvious in a Hillsong Church video posted a few days ago.


Justin Bieber Church Is My Great Escape from Fans

7/26/2017 1:46 PM PDT
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Justin Bieber's religious lifestyle is the complete opposite of his life on the road ... and that's why he chose it over the Purpose tour ... TMZ has learned.

Sources at Hillsong Church tell us Justin worships in total peace, and at least feels he's treated like a regular person ... not a superstar while he's there. We're told he enjoys not being the center of attention and the feeling of community. As one source put it ... "Everyone's there to help everyone."

We're told taking photos or video is frowned upon, and that's a big deal for Justin. Remember, Bieber's long complained that fans snapping pics makes him "feel like a zoo animal."

As we first reported ... other church sources say JB canceled Purpose after he "rededicated his life to Christ" -- that's the "unforeseen circumstance" in the official cancellation statement.

Publicly, Justin has said he just needs a break ... but we're told it's much deeper than that.

Justin Bieber 'Spiritual Awakening' Puts Music Career In Jeopardy

7/26/2017 1:00 AM PDT
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Justin Bieber's "purpose" in life does not seem to be music anymore -- it's all about his "spiritual awakening" courtesy of the Hillsong Church and its leader, in particular ... sources connected with the church tell TMZ.

Multiple sources familiar with the situation tell us, Justin's decision to abruptly cancel his Purpose Tour is rooted in his relationship with church pastor Carl Lentz. As we reported, we're told Lentz did not advocate canceling the tour. In fact we're told he recommended the opposite.

That said, our sources say Bieber's relationship with Lentz has been "intense" and the church leader has increasingly influenced the singer in making life decisions. 

As one source put it, "The church didn't tell Justin to cancel the tour. He made his decision based on spiritual soul-searching and his own view of the path in life he should be taking."

The way it was put to us, Bieber processed the endless conversations he has had with Lentz and used them to make the decision. It's unclear whether canceling the tour is a one-off or whether Bieber is so down the road with the church that he will close the book on his music career.

Justin and Carl had were spotted having a casual chat Tuesday afternoon behind Mastro's in Bev Hills. As one source put it, "he's becoming the Tom Cruise of that church."

Kyrie Irving What's Good for Biebs ... Church Influenced Trade Demand

7/26/2017 7:15 AM PDT
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Cavaliers superstar Kyrie Irving arrived at his reported decision to ask out of Cleveland the same way Justin Bieber chose to end his tour -- through long chats with pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Church sources tell us Kyrie, who's been an active member for a long time, met with Lentz earlier this month about his desires to step out of LeBron James' shadow. We're told Lentz didn't tell Kyrie to "leave Cleveland" -- instead he listened to Kyrie's concerns, and encouraged him to make the decision he felt was best.

There's a reason it sounds so similar to Justin's Purpose tour shocker -- Bieber, Lentz and Irving all hung out together in L.A. just over a week ago. You could say they were on Kyrie's turf ... playing pop-a-shot at Dave & Buster's.

We're told Kyrie and Carl have been close for years, but Justin and the NBA star are more like acquaintances.

NBA fans have been baffled as to why Kyrie would want to leave a team that's been to the NBA Finals 3 years straight. Now we know -- it's God-approved.

Justin Bieber Don't Blame Jesus For My Tour Debacle

7/25/2017 4:12 PM PDT

Justin Bieber is publicly denying religion played a role in him abruptly pulling the plug on his Purpose tour with just 14 shows to go.

Biebs was grabbing lunch Tuesday in Bev Hills when a pap asked about the sudden decision to quit. Justin seemed perplexed at the suggestion it had anything to do with his spirituality.

As TMZ first reported ... multiples sources connected with Hillsong Church, which Justin attends regularly, say he absolutely canceled the tour because he's "rededicated his life to Christ."

Justin claims he already told us what's wrong ... when he said he just needed to rest after 2 years on the road. 

Justin Bieber I Canceled My Tour Because of Christ

7/25/2017 10:37 AM PDT
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Justin Bieber pulled the plug on his Purpose tour because he "rededicated his life to Christ" ... sources connected to Hillsong Church tell TMZ.

Bieber's decision seemed to come out of the blue, but our sources say it was squarely based on what Bieber believes is religious enlightenment. Bieber said he canceled due to exhaustion, but that's simply not true. Plus, his remaining touring schedule was not taxing travel-wise.

We're also told Bieber's crew is "incredibly pissed off at him" because it has impacted their financial well-being without any warning.

Bieber has been virtually joined at the hip with Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz over the last few months -- including at a huge church event in Australia -- but we're told Lentz did not advocate for cancelling the tour.


Blac Youngsta Posts Mock Crucifixion Pic ... Internet Destroys Him

7/11/2017 7:14 AM PDT

Blac Youngsta put himself on a cross, and now he's actually getting $10,000 offers ... to delete the damn photo.

The rapper/master s**t stirrer posted the pic Monday of himself fully mocking the crucifixion with Tupac's lyrics, "HAIL MARY COME WITH ME." He also said "R.I.P. TUPAC."

It appears he was shooting a music video, and not necessarily pulling one of his usual attention-grabbing stunts. Still, most of the nearly 15k people who've commented on the pic have called him everything from corny to disrespectful to ... "about the dumbest mf."

Atlanta rapper Ralo was pissed enough to offer Youngsta $10k if he removed the post. All we know for sure at this point is the pic's still up -- and Youngsta definitely will NOT be invited to teach Sunday School this week.

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