Simon Cowell
Zayn Who??? One Direction's Better Than Ever

Maybe Zayn Malik should've left One Direction long ago ... is what you might think after hearing the group's producer Simon Cowell gush about the new foursome. Simon's been mum about Zayn's departure, but finally spoke out Thursday night on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" -- and revealed how he reacted when he first got the news. Think hara-kiri. More importantly to 1Ders everywhere ... Cowell leaked a few details about the upcoming album -- and applauds Harry Styles and the other 3 (sorry, guys) ... for not missing a beat right after Zayn bailed. Watch and listen closely to Simon -- he's either putting the best spin possible on a bad sitch, or the group really is better now. 

Selena Gomez -- Swimsuit Upgrade ... It's All About the Fit!

Selena Gomez ditched her ill-fitting pink bikini for a smoking hot black number as she partied again Thursday in the water while on vacation in Mexico. Gomez took some flak for the previous day's photos -- haters said she looked like she put on a few pounds -- but swimsuit experts (in our newsroom) say this black one just fits her new body type WAY better than the pink one.  Selena responded to the criticism on Instagram -- borrowing a page from the Cindy Crawford "post a hot pic after a bad one comes out" playbook -- saying she's happy with her body. Based on the pics she's posting ... she's also very happy chillin' at Casa Aramara -- Joe Francis' estate outside Puerto Vallarta.

Kate Major Lohan Arrested for Attacking Michael Lohan in Drunken Rage

Kate Major Lohan had an alcohol relapse and then drunkenly attacked husband Michael Lohan ... so say cops who cuffed and arrested her.  Law enforcement tells us Michael called Boca Raton police at 7:02 PM Thursday, claiming Kate had struck him. He told cops Kate came home after picking up some dinner and was visibly drunk.  Michael says they squabbled, and it eventually turned physical. He told cops he wasn't wearing a shirt and she scratched him down his back.  According to the report, when police arrived Kate was visibly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. The officer described her speech as slurred, her eyes blood shot and glossy, and her face red and flushed.   The officer says Kate admitted she'd been drinking, then ranted about nonsense. Kate then claimed Michael accused her of cheating and provoked her into a fight. Kate also claimed Michael grabbed her by the throat. But according to the officer, she had no visible injuries. And get this ... she then "scratched her throat area in an attempt to create red marks." Officers hauled Kate in to the Palm Beach County Jail and booked her for battery. She's currently in custody and is scheduled to go before a judge at 9:00 AM ET.  Michael Lohan is actually blaming ex-wife Dina and their ongoing child custody dispute. Michael tells TMZ, "At the end of the day, this is all because of what Dina is doing in court ... It affects Kate too, and like anyone with a drug or alcohol problem, when they can't handle the stress, they resort to drinking." Kate and Michael got married in November and have two kids together. She recently served a few months behind bars after a DUI arrest (following a fight with Michael) triggered a probation violation stemming from a battery case in 2012 in which she allegedly attacked a police officer. Police were also called to the couple's home in February of last year for an alleged domestic incident. 10:15 AM PST -- TMZ has learned ... Kate Major has been released on her own recognizance.

Adrien Broner DUI Video -- 'I'm Not Drunk' ... But I Am Rich & Famous!!

TMZ Sports has obtained footage from Adrien Broner's DUI arrest in Ohio back in January -- in which the boxer insists he's NOT drunk ... but brags about making more than $100 MILLION in his career!!  The footage shows Broner being pulled over around 1:30 AM in his white Mercedes on January 11th -- after the cop sees the boxing champ driving in two lanes.  At first, things seem bad for Broner -- the officer is pissed and Broner can be heard slurring his words. But things take a turn -- Broner professes his innocence ... and actually charms the cop, who eventually tells him she just wants the best for him.  During the arrest, Broner talks ... A LOT ... and says some interesting stuff. Among the highlights:  -- "Ya'll don't know who you arrested. If ya'll did, I'd be on the news right now."-- The cop compliments Broner's physique. -- Broner tells the cop, "I love you."-- Cop asks Broner where he fights. Broner responds, "The world."  But the best part ... when Broner tells the cop he's "blessed" -- 'cause he's made more than $100 million in his career.  Broner later pled not guilty and still plans on fighting the charges. We reached out to Broner for comment, so far no word back. 

Chris Brown -- I'm In The Pink With Royalty

Chris Brown's not letting some thirsty boyfriend of his baby mama get in the way of his daughter, because he's daddying out in a big way.  Chris posted a pic of him snuggling his 10-month-old daughter Royalty. It's a good assumption he dressed her ... because they're both wearing the same Pepto pink. As TMZ reported, the boyfriend of baby mama Nia Guzman has made rumblings that he was taking over as the dad, but Chris has very clearly drawn a line in the sand. Kid's got awesome hair.

Britney Spears -- Adios Elton ... I'm Taking Back My Vegas Crib

The sheets were still warm when Britney Spears slipped into her Las Vegas pad -- because she didn't even wait 24 hours for Elton John to move out before moving back into the uber swank suite. Sources close to the singers tell TMZ ... Brit is going to be living it up in the 8,000 sq. ft. paradise known as the Palazzo Suite at Rio while she's in Vegas. Elton lived there during his most recent Caesars Palace stint ... but we're told he moved out Tuesday night, and Brit was in by Wednesday morning. The two have been trading off at the suite for some time now and Elton lived there while Brit was on her most recent hiatus. Britney has called the pad home for the last 13 months. The THREE floor suite comes with 24-hour butler service, 2 jacuzzis, an elevator, and furniture on loan from 17 museums around the world. Sir Elton has standards. There's even a grand piano ... which will probably just collect dust now.

Nicki Minaj's Ex -- Someone's Leaking Her Nude Pics ... But It Ain't Me

Someone posing as Safaree Samuels is tweeting out extremely NSFW pics of his ex, Nicki Minaj ... but the rapper is adamant ... he's got nothing to do with it. A rep for Safaree tells TMZ ... he'd never do anything like this, and he's doing everything he can to shut down the tweeter behind it. The photos -- some in highly sexual situations -- started going out on Wednesday ... from a Twitter handle extremely similar to Safaree's. Just so fans know ... the real @IAMSAFAREE has around 143k followers -- while the faker posting the pics has just over 3400. As for whether the pics -- especially the graphic ones -- are legit? Safaree's rep says he doesn't know. We're told Safaree's moved on after the difficult break up with Nicki, and now just says ... it is what it is.  We reached out to Nicki's rep, but no word back.

Big Ang
Sister Makes Mea Culpa ... Sorry, I Hit Up Fans for Cash

The sister of "Mob Wives" star Big Ang thought she was doing a good thing by creating a donation page for medical costs, but quickly had second thoughts ... and is now apologizing to Ang's fans. Janine Detore says "Mob Wives" fans were reaching out and asking how and where they could make donations to help Ang cover bills for her throat cancer treatment. So, Janine created a GoFundMe page.  But after less than a day a fan wondered why a celeb was asking for money. Detore realized it was a good point. She tells us Ang and the fam can more than handle any expenses insurance doesn't cover -- so, she immediately disabled the page.  Detore says they only got about $150 during the few hours the page was active. She adds, Big Ang had no idea the page was ever up.  As for Ang's condition ... she's resting at home and doing very well -- but Janine says doctors are planning another surgery to remove her right lymph nodes ... as a precaution.

Guess Who This
SMILING SCRUB TURNED INTO!

Before this grinning guy was a hilarious Hollywood actor he was just another Creed inspired kid rocking some super sleek Oakley's in the Northwest. Can you guess who he is?

Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher
Holy Moses ... It's A Boy!!

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher have made their first bouncing baby boy ... TMZ has learned. We've obtained a copy of the birth certificate -- filed with the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health -- and it says Montgomery Moses Brian Baron Cohen was born on March 17. It just came out last week they'd had the baby -- but they didn't say the name, sex or birth date. MMBBC is the third child for Isla and the 'Borat' star. They have 2 daughters ... Olive, 7 and Elula, 4. As for all the names, Isla's dad's name is Brian -- but we're at a loss on Montgomery and Moses ... outside of the 'Ten Commandments' guy.

Gigi Hadid
Too Hot For No Crotch Zone [TMZ TV]

Gigi Hadid might be the hottest young model on the scene -- which may explain why her crotch is pubic enemy #1 in Qatar. The government there is on a mission to block her dirty-dirty no-no below the belt body parts from mainstream magazines! They're still okay with boobs though. So, that's makes 'em at least half cool.

Kanye West -- One Crappy Homecoming ... You've Been Served!

Kanye West's goodwill tour to Armenia and the Middle East came to a sucky ending for him -- moments after touching down at LAX ... he got served with legal papers. Kanye, Kim Kardashian and North flew back to L.A. Thursday and the scene was absolute chaos. While Yeezy was running the gauntlet -- with North in his arms -- he never saw the guy in a suit sneak up behind him. As Kanye got into his waiting SUV ... the process server reached in behind him and tossed the papers onto one of the seats. Kim followed a few seconds later, when it appears someone threw the papers out of the vehicle. The process server did not reveal the nature of the legal action. Two things to watch here: 1. Kanye really keeps his cool under pressure ... and 2. That process server is REALLY brave reaching past bodyguards and into Kanye's vehicle.

Model Sarah Stage
See, My BIG Baby Had ... Plenty of Womb

People don't want to believe model Sarah Stage gave birth to an 8 lb. baby -- especially since her belly only looked like it had a quarter pounder with cheese in it -- but here's photo proof of the big guy. Sarah's son, James, is looking totally comfy and snug after his arrival on Tuesday. As we first told you ... James weighed in at 8 lbs. 7 oz, and 22 inches ... all above average measurements for newborns. Sarah stirred controversy, disbelief, and probably some hatred -- when she posted selfies looking super skinny for any woman ... much less one who was 8-9 months pregnant. We get the feeling she didn't mind the heat -- at least based on that lingerie pic she posted ... just HOURS before she officially attained MILF status.