Before this smirking school boy was making the world laugh as a comedian, he was just another glasses-wearing guy in Barrington, Illinois. Can you guess who he is?
The singer just got brutally honest about some of the struggles she's going through right now -- and why she's retreating from the limelight.
Kanye West Hijacks VMA's It's Good to Be Me!!!
8/28/2016 7:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West was given 4 minutes onstage during the VMAs to do anything he wanted, and he did ... he took 7.
Yeezy started with an homage to himself ... how good it was to be him, and then he quickly gave shout-outs to the man who made his wife famous in that sex tape and the woman who preceded her with him.
Kim was eating it up.
WTF. It's been over 20 years ... and this interview is about to blow open brand-new dimensions of horror.
Juan Gabriel Dead at 66
8/28/2016 3:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Latin sensation Juan Gabriel has died at the age of 66 from a suspected heart attack ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us cops were called to a residence in Santa Monica Sunday morning where the singer was pronounced dead.
We're told it appears he died of natural causes ... no foul play is suspected.
Gabriel's body is currently with the L.A. county medical examiner.
Gabriel was in the middle of his "MeXXico Es Todo Tour," and just performed at the Forum in Los Angeles on Friday night.
Story developing ...
Britney Spears Hot and Steamy for VMA Redemption
8/28/2016 7:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Britney Spears just slayed the stage at the MTV VMAs.
Britney performed live at the awards show for the first time since her 2007 debacle ... and nailed it.
So much for that whole 'done with men stuff' too ... because the chemistry between her and G-Eazy during their song, "Make Me," looks pretty genuine.
Tim Commerford Colin Kaepernick is 'Rage' Worthy
8/28/2016 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The bassist for "Rage Against the Machine" was leaving the London in NYC Sunday when he applauded Kaepernick for standing up for his beliefs, knowing there may be repercussions.
He even says the San Fran QB has an open invitation to join his new group, "Prophets of Rage."
Commerford is no stranger to public protests -- he famously climbed a wall during the 2000 VMA's to protest Limp Bizkit beating them out for Best Rock Video.
BTW ... he's still not over the loss.
Kanye West No Rehearsal Hours Before VMA Performance
8/28/2016 11:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West's MTV VMA performance is shrouded in so much secrecy, he hasn't even taken the stage for a 'run through' ... just hours before the live awards show kicks off.
Our sources backstage at the VMA's tell us, unlike other artists, Yeezy has not performed a rehearsal of whatever the hell he plans to do on stage, and "nobody knows what he's doing."
However ... we're told execs aren't too worried because they know Kanye delivers when it counts.
As we previously reported, Kanye gets 4 minutes to do whatever he wants, including talking, rapping, dancing, or even just staring at the crowd.
With no rehearsals yet ... the latter ain't looking too bad.
Colin Kaepernick Jersey Burned in Effigy Over National Anthem Protest
8/28/2016 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Colin Kaepernick has enraged fans who have now taken over social media to skewer the San Fran QB for refusing to stand for the national anthem.
The 49ers quarterback said after Friday night's game against Green Bay, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
Battle lines drawn.
Prince's former muse made an extremely RARE public appearance last night at a screening of "Purple Rain," her first sighting since his death. She's still GORGEOUS!
WWE's Mr. Fuji Dead at 82
8/28/2016 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WWE legend, Mr. Fuji, died Sunday morning ... the WWE announced.
Mr. Fuji -- real name Harry Fujiwara -- became a superstar not only as a wrestler, but also as a manager for stars like, George "The Animal" Steele and Yokozuna.
Best known for throwing salt into the eyes of his opponents ... Fuji was a 5-time WWE Tag Team champ.
Later in life ... he moved to Tennessee and opened a training dojo.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
Man, and Kim is just RUDE AF!
Joe Jonas Celebrates DNCE Anniversary Before Big VMA Night
8/28/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joe Jonas hasn't yet won the 2016 MTV VMA 'Best New Artist' award ... but he and his band partied like they did.
Jonas, JinJoo Lee, and Cole Whittle performed at Up & Down for DNCE's 1st anniversary.
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Jennifer Lopez Something Old, Something New?
8/28/2016 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jennifer Lopez is a smart, savvy celeb who knows exactly what she's doing ... so there's gotta be something to the fact that she made a surprise appearance during her ex-husband's concert just days after 86ing her BF.
Jennifer stunned the Radio City Music Hall crowd Saturday night during Marc Anthony's "Private Collection" concert. She sang with him -- in Spanish -- and gave him a big hug when the song ended.
Just two weeks ago, Marc showed up for JLo's Vegas concert.
Poor Javi Marroquin ... we don't know what we'd be doing, either.
Playboy Mansion Big Bash All a Dream to Hef
8/28/2016 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The soon-to-be-sold Playboy Mansion hosted the annual Midsummer Night's Dream party Saturday night ... and Hef was nowhere in sight.
This is Hef's last stand as the owner of the Mansion. It sold to 32-year-old businessman Daren Metropoulos. Hef has a right to live out his life there before Daren comes in with a sledge hammer.
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Lady Gaga That's How She Rolls
8/28/2016 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen Brooke and Denise Accept Radical Reduction in Child Support
8/28/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen is in such financial trouble ... his ex-wives have agreed to slice their child support payments in half, for fear if he goes to court the payments would be reduced to next to nothing ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Charlie is now making next to nothing, which is shocking given his previous earning power with "Two and a Half Men" and "Anger Management."
Our sources say Brooke and Denise both knew if Charlie went to court for a reduction in support a judge would drop the payments to $10k a month, or maybe even lower.
We're told Charlie threw in some real estate for Brooke and Denise and committed to doing a show with Denise.
We're also told Charlie is liquidating his assets, because he's facing a slew of legal claims.