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Ryan Lochte Tears Up ... 'I Let My Team Down'

8/21/2016 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ryan Lochte fought back tears as he confessed ... he screwed over his teammates by going nuts at a Rio gas station and then lying about it.

Matt Lauer asked Lochte about the difficulties fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger had when they tried getting out of Rio ... Lochte seems way more contrite than he did in his statement where he hedged on fault.


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Simone, Alexandra, Madison Still Making Waves in Rio

8/21/2016 6:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0821-usa-gymanstica-beach-poses-Gallery-Launch-AKMGSI-02Simone Biles, Alexandra Raisman and Madison Kocian -- unencumbered by their mound of medals -- were able to jump high above sea level in Rio.

The 3 gymnasts hit the beach in Barra da Tijuca, after winning their shiny stash of 10.  As for the breakdown ... Simone won 5, Aly 3, and Madison 2.

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Master P Kids Make the Case ... Dad Should Pay Less Child Support

8/21/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-master-p-tmz-01Master P's got his kids doing the dirty work for him in his divorce case -- penning emotional letters to convince a judge to reduce his monthly support payments to his ex, Sonya Miller.

In new docs, Master P says his 3 minor kids stay with him full time because their mother's drug addiction makes it impossible for her to care for them. That's why he wants to slash the $10,473 in child support and $16,574 in spousal support that he's currently paying.

The kids -- Hercy, Mercy and Itali -- all wrote letters, submitted to the court, testifying they're better off for living with their dad.

17-year-old daughter Itali made the most compelling case ... writing, "Although I love being with my mom I was unable to keep my grades up. Unfortunately, my mom was dealing with addiction issues that affected my older sister, who hasn't even had the opportunity to graduate high school" ... even though she's 19.

Itali says she's trying to avoid the same fate.

Master P also says he's not the baller he used to be -- claiming he's making $2,441 per month and only has $432 in the bank.

Boxer Victor Ortiz Pleads Guilty In Country Concert Brawl ... Ducks Jail Time

8/21/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0816-victor-ortiz-tmzBoxing star Victor Ortiz pled guilty to a battery charge stemming from a fight at a Kenny Chesney concert last summer but he won't spend a minute behind bars ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

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Fetty Wap I Treated a Kid Like Dirt For His Birthday!!!

8/21/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819_Ftty_wapp_bike_instagram_MAINFetty Wap just made it impossible for the parents of a 19-year-old not to disappoint their kid ... because Fetty shelled out $8k for an amazing birthday present.

The "Trap Queen" rapper ran into Taekwon "Pug" Ford a few months back when he came to Baltimore to ride dirt bikes with Pug's crew. 

Apparently, Fetty knew Pug has an obsession with bikes -- he starred in "12 O'Clock Boys," a documentary about dirt bike riders in Baltimore.

So imagine Pug's surprise when Fetty presented the 19-year-old with a 2016 Yamaha YZ125. 

Fetty is no stranger to bikes ... and bike mishaps. He shattered his leg in a motorcycle accident last year. He's transitioned from 2 wheels to 4 -- smart.

Tinder Sued CEO 'Super Liked' My Idea ... And Jacked It!

8/21/2016 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0819-tinder-super-like-tinder-01Tinder's idea of letting users "Super Like" each other beyond a basic right swipe is genius -- but it's also not theirs ... so claims a guy who's now suing the company.

John Mellesmoen claims in a new lawsuit he pitched the idea of the "Super Like" to Tinder's CEO, Sean Rad, back in 2014, and says Rad loved it ... promising to compensate him if the company ever used it. John says he hasn't seen a dime.

Mellesmoen claims he laid out the entire concept of the "Super Like" feature, which essentially allows users to buy someone a virtual drink instead of the just giving a "glance across the room" with a regular right swipe. 

Now Mellesmoen wants his cut. Only problem -- nothing's in writing. As for Tinder, a company spokesperson says this is a "baseless shakedown."

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Lindsay Lohan's Most SHOCKING Photoshoot Ever Surfaces

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Lou Pearlman 'NSYNC, Backstreet Boys Mastermind Dead at 62

8/20/2016 7:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0820_Lou-Pearlman_gettyLou Pearlman, the record producer/manager who launched huge boy bands including 'NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, has died in prison.

Pearlman faced a slew of lawsuit by members of the 2 famous groups, claiming he screwed them out of their cash by collecting money for both producing and managing.  

He became obsessed in the 80's with the enormous success of New Kids on the Block, and launched his own record company.  He conducted a $3 million talent search and found 5 unknowns to form a band -- Nick Carter, A.J. McClean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough.  The Backstreet Boys went on to become the best selling boy band of all time, selling 130 million records.

0820_backstreet-boys_gettyHis encore was enormous as well ... 'NSync sold 55 million records and launched the careers of Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick.

Pearlman got in a heap of legal trouble in 2008 ... he was convicted of one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history, swindling 1,700 people out of half-a-billion bucks.

He was serving a 25-year-sentence.

Lance Bass tweeted, "He might not have been a stand-up businessman, but I wouldn't be doing what I love today without his influence.  RIP Lou."

Cause of death is unknown. 

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Celebrity Scramble GUESS WHO!

8/21/2016 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0725_scramble_launchBehind this Grinch-inspired face is an extremely good lookin' guy ... can you guess the sexy celebrity spawn hiding in this funny photo?

Ryan Lochte Returns In Non-Disguised Disguise

8/20/2016 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0820-ryan-lochte-kayla-rae-splash-01Ryan Lochte is officially back home ... and he's ditched that ridiculous hair. 

Lochte arrived to his Charlotte, NC crib with girlfriend Kayla Rae Reid Saturday afternoon ... and one thing's for sure, he's not looking too jovial. 

As TMZ reported ... the USOC says it's still looking over Lochte's case and will make a decision regarding any possible discipline in the coming weeks. 

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In other news...

Indianapolis Cop Shoots Man In Own Home, Even Though He’s The One Who Called 911!

An Indianapolis cop shot a 48-year-old black man in his own home Tuesday after the man called out police to respond to a robbery

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'3 Doors Down' Ex-Guitarist Dead at 38

8/20/2016 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0820-matt-roberts-getty-01Matt Roberts, the former guitarist from 3 Doors Down has died of an apparent overdose ... TMZ has learned. 

Matt's dad Darrell tells TMZ he and Matt were just outside Milwaukee for a charity event where Matt was scheduled to perform. Darrell says Matt had rehearsal until 1 AM Saturday and the two went back to their hotel with an adjoining room. 

Darrell says he was woken up around 9 AM by detectives who informed Matt had passed away overnight. Darrell tells us prescription pills were involved ... but he believes the possible OD was accidental.

Matt left 3 Doors Down in 2012 for health issues concerning blood circulation in his body. 

Darrell tells us Matt was deeply loved by his friends and family and the loss is devastating.  

He was 38 years old. 

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Justin Bieber I Got A New Type

8/20/2016 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0820-justin-bieber-akm-launch-01Justin Bieber has made it clearer than ever -- Selena ain't his type no more -- because he hit the town in London Friday night with a Sofia Richie lookalike. 

The Biebs and the chick hit up Tape nightclub. Here's what we don't know -- who she is, and what he's done with Sofia. He and Sofia boarded a private jet a few days ago but she was MIA Friday night. 

TMZ's becoming your only option to see JB, now that he's 86'd himself from Instagram.

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OC Housewife Tamra Judge Loses Custody :(

Tamra Judge's custody battle has just taken a HORRIBLE turn after speculation that she deleted her estranged child out of her life after a vile social media rant was exposed

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Nate Diaz Locked, Loaded and Super Cocky!!!

8/20/2016 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nate Diaz seems about as confident as any UFC fighter ... mocking Conor McGregor's water bottle attack.

We got Nate at the MGM Grand in Vegas Friday, where he'll be taking on Conor for a second time.

Nate vows to make a pilgrimage to Conor's homeland after the fight.

And UFC's Joe Rogan weighed in on the water bottle incident, pooh poohing the whole thing.

Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth Somethin's Fishy in Malibu

8/20/2016 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth showed lotsa love during a sushi run Friday in the Bu.

They hit up Bui Sushi and for anyone who doesn't know ... their fashion choices are dead on Malibu.

Don't know when they're getting hitched, but clearly they're doing good.

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