Michael Phelps told Bob Costas he wanted to travel the world after retiring from swimming ... and now TMZ has learned that Stop #1 is gonna be AWESOME ... a boys trip to one of the most expensive tropical islands in the world!!
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ, Phelps is planning to visit the Maldives with several close male friends in the near future -- a notoriously expensive island destination for the rich and famous ... so obviously, it's amazing.
But here's the rub -- we're told one person was NOT invited ... Michael's hot GF Megan Rossee.
According to sources, Michael wanted to do a boys' trip after his record-setting Olympic Games in London -- so he's going without the ol' ball and chain.
(FYI -- the Maldives is an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean, and is Asia's SMALLEST country. Sitting at just 4'11" above sea level, it's also the world's LOWEST country. The more you know.)
But Phelps hasn't completely forgotten about his one and only -- we're told Michael promised to make it up to Megan by taking her on a separate trip ... just the two of 'em ... anywhere in the world.
Not a bad consolation prize.
Vacations with Johnny Depp
12/15/2010 3:53 PM PST BY Johnny Lopez
Scarlett Johansson already has another man in her arms -- and it's the one and only Johnny Depp.
The same day TMZ broke the news Scarlett and Ryan Reynolds were divorcing -- she was spotted in Jamaica on Tuesday holding a copy of Vanity Fair with Johnny Depp on the cover.
Guess it's time to turn the page.
Plans 'Romantic Weekend'
with Jason Trawick
12/2/2010 7:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears isn't just supporting Jason Trawick -- she's about to leave on a romantic weekend with the guy for her birthday.
Britney just took to her twitter to make the announcement -- one day after a phone call was released which allegedly featured Britney admitting that Jason had beat her up.
Britney is adamant that the phone call is a fake -- and denies that Jason ever laid hands on her.
Michael Douglas and the Fam:
Muggles in Paradise
11/27/2010 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones took their two kids today on the Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster as part of the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
According to the resort, they also sampled Butterbeer, got fitted for wands at Ollivanders and toured Hogwarts Castle.
You're only as old as you feel.
You're a 19th Century
10/31/2010 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chloë Sevigny is so obsessed with a brutal century-old murder in New England -- she slept in the house where the killer hacked up the bodies ... and as the legend goes, the place is haunted.
You're looking at pics from the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts -- named after a woman who allegedly murdered her elderly parents in cold blood, using nothing but a hatchet.
Who'da thunk ... the famous house is now a bed and breakfast -- and Chloë was one of its most recent guests ... doing a dead-on corpse impression, and even spending the night in Lizzie Borden's old bed.
For the record, Lizzie was accused of the murders but never convicted -- the creepy part ... no one else was ever arrested or tried.
Nick & Ness
Reclaim Each Others Baggage
9/4/2009 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nick and Nessa's
Hardcore SeXXX Pic Scandal!
7/2/2007 1:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has learned that a lawyer for Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo is trying to keep photos of the couple having sex out of the weekly magazines and off the Internet.
Racy photos of the hot couple were published in this week's Life & Style magazine, showing the two engaged in a heavy makeout session in a jacuzzi at a private resort in Mexico. We're told, however, these photos only show part of the fun the couple had. Arriba!
TMZ has learned that the rest of the roll shows the two not only making out, but having hardcore sex in the hot tub. A source who has seen the photos tells TMZ that they are "Paris sex tape-level scandalous," and include images of the couple in several different sex positions. That's hot!