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Justin Bieber I Canceled My Tour Because of Christ

7/25/2017 10:37 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

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.


Venus Williams Blames Seat Belts, Car Problems ... In Fatal Crash

7/25/2017 10:19 AM PDT
Breaking News

2:25 PM PT -- Barson's attorney, Michael Steinger, tells TMZ he has documentation showing their 2016 Hyundai was in perfect working order. Also, he says data collected from the car's computer proves Jerome and Linda were both wearing their seat belts at the time of collision.

Venus Williams says at least one of the victims in the Florida crash that left one man dead was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident ... this according to new court docs obtained by TMZ.

The tennis star is firing back at the estate of Jerome Barson -- which is suing Williams for wrongful death, claiming she was responsible for the T-bone accident that killed the 78-year-old and seriously injured his wife.

In new court docs, Williams doesn't point out which person wasn't belted in -- but says the injuries could have been reduced had they both been buckled up.

As for the injuries, Williams also says in the docs Jerome's wife's injuries were NOT bad enough to recover damages in a lawsuit under FL law. It's puzzling since Linda Barson claims she suffered a cracked sternum, a shattered right arm and a broken wrist, hand and fingers.

Williams also alleges the Barsons failed to adequately maintain and repair the vehicle in a safe condition -- suggesting they could have avoided the crash with a properly functioning car.

There's more ... Williams points out that "third parties" -- presumably the other cars besides her and the Barsons -- contributed to the hectic scene at the intersection that led to the crash. Williams says those drivers should be held responsible as well.

Video of the crash shows Venus was trying to drive through an intersection when another car turned in front of her, causing her to stop before clearing the intersection. The Barsons T-boned Venus claiming they had the right of way and couldn't avoid her car, which was stopped in an area where it shouldn't have been.

The documents were first obtained by the DailyMail

Frank Sinatra's Wife Barbara Sinatra Dead at 90

7/25/2017 9:39 AM PDT
Breaking News

Frank Sinatra's fourth and final wife, Barbara Sinatra, has died ... almost 20 years after her famous husband passed.

Barbara died Tuesday at her Rancho Mirage home in California after months of declining health ... according to a rep for her org, the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center Foundation.

The rep told the Desert Sun ... "She died comfortably surrounded by family and friends at her home."

Barbara married Frank in 1976 and remained his wife for nearly 22 years -- the longest of his 4 marriages. She made a name for herself as an advocate for victims of child abuse, building up her foundation with Frank's help.

The Barbara Sinatra Children's Center Foundation provided counseling to child abuse victims, among other services. Barbara and Frank did not have any children together.

She was 90. RIP

Cops: Guy We Arrested Is NOT Lucky Whitehead ... Case Dropped

7/25/2017 8:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lucky Whitehead was telling the TRUTH -- he was not the man arrested for shoplifting on June 22, this according to Prince William County officials who say the REAL perp was an imposter. 

We spoke with Commonwealth's attorney, Paul Ebert, who says the case against ex-Dallas Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead has been dropped after an internal investigation into the arrest.

Long story short ... Ebert says the man was only "verbally identified" by the arresting officer at the crime scene. The arrestee did not have I.D. on him.

The man told cops he was Lucky Whitehead and gave them Lucky's information, including birthday and social security number, Ebert says.

The officers ran the information through the DMV system and believed the man they had arrested matched the photo of "Lucky Whitehead" that was on file. 

After Lucky publicly declared his innocence, claiming he wasn't even in the state of Virgnia at the time of the arrest, officers went back and reviewed surveillance video at the convenience store. Footage showed the suspect was NOT Lucky Whitehead.

Cops are now on the hunt for the man in the video.

Lucky's agent, Dave Rich, tells TMZ Sports, "Lucky is thrilled justice was served and his name was cleared. It's a shame that he came into town to do a camp for kids and he ended up getting cut by his professional football team."

The Prince William County Police Dept. has also issued a statement:

"Upon reviewing the June 22, 2017 arrest of an individual named 'Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr.', the police department is confident that the man charged with petit larceny, and who is subsequently being sought on an active warrant for failure to appear in court, is not Lucky Whitehead of the Dallas Cowboys."

"The man charged on the morning of June 22 was not in possession of identification at the time of the encounter; however, did verbally provide identifying information to officers, which included a name, date of birth, and social security number matching that of Rodney Darnell Whitehead, Jr."

"Officers then checked this information through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database. The DMV photo on file was then used to compare to the man who was in custody."

"Officers acted in good faith that, at the time, the man in custody was the same man matching the information provided. At this point, the police department is also confident in confirming that Mr. Whitehead’s identify was falsely provided to police during the investigation."

"The police department is currently seeking the identity of the man involved in the incident. Since the identifying information provided by the arrestee during the investigation was apparently false, the police department is working with the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to clear Mr. Whitehead from this investigation."

"The police department regrets the impact these events had on Mr. Whitehead and his family."

Mark McGrath C'Mon, Bieber ... Finish the Tour! That's How It's Done, Son

7/25/2017 7:29 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark McGrath's dropping some good ole showbiz wisdom on Justin Bieber when it comes to his now canceled world tour -- THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

Sugar Ray's frontman was at Catch Monday night and was blunt about his take on Justin pulling the plug in the homestretch of his Purpose tour. Yes, it sounds a little like your dad's ... "When I was your age" speeches, but Mark's speaking from experience, and on behalf of fans.

TMZ broke the story ... Justin canceled his 14 remaining shows with little explanation, other than needing some R&R.

Bottom line ... Mark says that's NOT a good enough excuse.

Tinashe Frightened by Obsessed Fan He Thinks We're Married!!!

7/25/2017 8:04 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tinashe's petrified of an obsessed fan who traveled from Boston to L.A., because she says he thinks they're married and will ultimately end up hurting her.

The singer requested and obtained a restraining order against Martin Murphy ... alleging the 25-year-old is convinced they're husband and wife. She's frightened because she says he's now trying to reinstate his Massachusetts license to carry a firearm.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Tinashe says she was alarmed to find out Murphy drove to L.A. back in June, and ended up close to her and her parents' house. She says the situation's so bad, Murphy's father is also on board with keeping him the hell away from her.

In a declaration, Murphy's father said his son has "suffered a psychotic break and is unable to distinguish reality from fantasy." He says Tinashe's in clear danger ... and a judge agreed. Murphy's been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from her and her parents.

Rudy Giuliani No Attorney Gen. Gig for Me! At Least Not Until It's Open

7/25/2017 7:11 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rudy Giuliani insists he won't stab Jeff Sessions in the back for the Attorney General post -- and says President Trump should field all questions about the job ... not him.

We got the former NYC mayor at Reagan National in D.C. and asked if he'd take the A.G. job if asked by his pal, the Prez. Rudy deflected like a Washington pro ... saying he doesn't answer hypothetical questions.

What he didn't say was ... no.

And even though Trump's labeled his current A.G. "beleaguered" and "weak" -- RG went out of his way to call Sessions a "good friend."

Rapper and activist Killer Mike has different words for both men. But that's a whole other 'Oprah.'

Drake More Life, More Tattoos Gets Lil Wayne Ink

7/25/2017 7:49 AM PDT

Drake doesn't just have Lil Wayne's back ... he's got Weezy's face tattooed on his left tricep now.

People started noticing the new ink over the weekend at Houston Appreciation Weekend where Champagne Papi was the main event.

Drake's got several mugs on his bod already -- including one of his mom and dad, Aaliyah and 2 of Sade -- so Weezy makes sense. Drizzy's on his label, they've been tight for years and Wayne famously took Drake under his wing.

Obvious question: can he make Lil Wayne smile when he flexes? That would be so dope.

SeaWorld Last Orca Born in Captivity Dies

7/25/2017 6:42 AM PDT
Breaking News

Kyara, the last orca born in captivity at SeaWorld, has died at just 3 months old.

The female killer whale died Monday at SeaWorld's San Antonio park from an infection, likely pneumonia. Trainers had been treating her over the weekend, but her condition continued to deteriorate.

Kyara was born in April, and although the park announced the end of its breeding program back in March 2016 ... SeaWorld says she was conceived before that. Orcas are pregnant for up 18 months.

The breeding program was 86'd after immense public pressure following the airing of the 2013 documentary, "Blackfish" ... which focused on the plight of Tilikum.


Josie Canseco Scorching Miami Bikini Sesh ... w/ Mike Stud

7/25/2017 6:16 AM PDT
Breaking News

Forget steroids, Jose Canseco's legacy is his smoldering daughter, Josie Canseco -- who set Miami Beach on fire this week during a trip with her boyfriend, Mike Stud.

The two showed some serious skin during a jet skiing session this week ... but all eyes were on Josie and the white hot bikini.

The fashion model and the rapper have been dating since 2015 -- with Stud even featuring Canseco in some of his music videos.

Can you blame him?

Chester Bennington Bought Family Home Shortly Before Suicide

7/25/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chester Bennington bought his new family home about 2 months before he hanged himself there ... adding another layer of mystery to his death.

The Linkin Park frontman bought the Palos Verdes Estates house for $2.5 million back in June. The 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house is in an affluent part of L.A. County famous for pristine neighborhoods and an excellent public school system.

Everything about the 3,956 square foot pad says family home -- special nook perfect for game night, 3 outdoor decks, an expansive backyard with a spa and swimming pool.

The purchase falls in line with what Chester's LP bandmates said -- that he'd spoken excitedly about future plans. Buying the perfect place for his family, but then taking his life there a month later just doesn't add up.

The Benningtons closed on the house 8 days after Chris Cornell's suicide ... leading some close friends to believe Chester's suicide decision was sudden and fueled by his grief.

Blac Chyna Ex-BF Pilot Jones Sings ... 'You Look Like S*** Without Me'

7/25/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna looks like a deuce without her old boo ... at least according to said old boo, Pilot Jones, who's using a new song for revenge.

Pilot's new single, "Flossin" features the not-at-all-subtle jabs and, naturally, the music video co-stars a Blac Chyna-esque character, played by model AzMarie Livingston.

In the lyrics, Pilot says he's better off without BC ... with way more colorful language. It's interesting he's attacking her this way, after accusing Chyna of bullying him to point he nearly killed himself.

Pilot's clearly trying to capitalize on his Chyna drama. If there's any doubt ... check out his music vid wardrobe.

Yolanda Hadid Bottom of the Lake #GotItFromTheirMama

7/25/2017 6:53 AM PDT

In case you need a refresher on where Gigi and Bella Hadid get their model figures from, let this photo of their mom, Yolanda, serve as your refresher.

The former Dutch model was up for a sunrise swim in Lake Constance -- which borders Germany, Switzerland, and Austria -- and flaunted the incredible view. Double entendre fully intended.

Yolanda -- who is 53, by the way -- has famously battled Lyme disease, and says the ice cold morning swim helps with inflammation.

We're no doctors, but if it's working for her ... it's working for us.

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