Timbaland has dominated the music scene for years, working with big names like Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott and Dr. Dre.
Timbaland sat down with E!’s True Hollywood Story, and opened up about his past, which includes suicidal thoughts and a confession of falling in love with Aaliyah when she was only 12 years old.
“This will be the last time I talk and I’m going back into hibernation,” he says, before making some stunning revelations.
“When I first met Aaliyah—it time for the world to hear this, I’m gonna give a little secret—I was in love with her. I said, But I’m not…She just a baby, I’m old,” Timbaland says. “I said to myself, ‘I’m just gonna be her brother.’ Oh man, I was fightin’, I was fightin’ a lot—a big war. But I loved Aaliyah.”
He, of course, is referring to Aaliyah Dana Haughton, the soulful singer who signed a deal with Jive Records at age 12 and allegedly married R. Kelly at the age of 15, inspiring the song, “Age Ain’t Nothin but a Number.”
Aaliyah then collaborated with Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million. The “Try Again” singer became highly successful in the music biz and started to dip her toes in acting, starring in Queen of the Damned.
Tragically, in August 2001, Aaliyah died in a plane crash. She was just 22.
As if proclaiming your love for a younger woman so many years later wasn’t intense enough, Timbaland’s discussion turns to darker thoughts.
Back in 2003, confesses, Timbaland, “I was almost 400 pounds. Who wants to be a 400-pound black man? I’m looking in the mirror, my breast is bigger than a girl breast. And I was saying, ‘That ain’t cool.’ So I got very depressed, like suicidal depressed.”
But he managed to pull through and is now happily married to his wife, Monique.
“It’s probably hard to be married to me,” he says. “It’s not easy. I’m a musical genius. I’m weird, I do crazy things, it’s not like the average norm. But I’m a loving guy.”
For the rest of this interview, tune into E!’s True Hollywood Story, Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The admission about Aaliyah was prooooooooobably better left unsaid. It’s hard for me to imagine “falling in love” with a 12 year old. It’s harder for me to imagine why anyone would admit it out loud. And I had completely forgotten that R. Kelly married her when she was only 15!!! He makes Doug Hutchison (who married 16-year-old Courtney Stodden) look like a saint!