Timbaland: ‘I Was in Love with Aaliyah’

Timbaland and Aaliyah

Timbaland is making some shocking revelations to E! in his “True Hollywood” special. The super-producer, born Timothy Mosley, opens about building the careers of superstars Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott, suicidal thoughts, and secret love for Aaliyah.

On Aaliyah: “When I first met Aaliyah—it’s time for the world to hear this, I’m gonna give up a little secret—I was in love with her. I said, But I’m not… She just a baby, I’m old. 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.”

On Justin Timberlake: “Me and Justin, it’s the weirdest thing. We just say we’re gonna kill them and then we kill them…We get together, we break bread and we spill out music. That’s what we do.”

On Missy Elliott: “She was just super dope…she was God-sent; that was my sister.”

On his weight gain: “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.”

On his marriage to wife Monique: “It’s probably hard to be married to me. 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.”

“True Hollywood Story: Timbaland” airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on E! Watch a sneak peek below.

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  1. chase

    awwwi love you, aaliyah!!! :)


  2. @matt_hamrick

    I thought he was a musical genius, but when you call yourself a musical genius, you look self absorbed.

    Still loving the “one in a million” album.


    WatchTheThrone Reply:

    @@matt_hamrick, I agree. A true musical genius wouldn’t have to say it.


    lee Reply:

    @WatchTheThrone, yea so true


    C94B Reply:


    Is Kanye West a genius ?


    THETRUTH Reply:

    @C94B, yesssssssssssssssssssssssss


    JstAmir Reply:

    @THETRUTH, come on Get the f outa here


  3. JussSayin

    Check @MissyElliott! She will be featured on this episode! =D


  4. JstAmir

    I’m still shockedddd this is so sad. Tim bad her under his wing all the time. U fuckups now gonna argue bout why not musical genius I hope y’all go to he’ll. Even there they will play u his joints


  5. Triniti

    I hope he gets to work on Marcus Canty’s album soon.


    cece Reply:

    @Triniti, ugggh why tho he is voice is medicore. i don’t want anyone album until melanie amaro drops besides that sent his ass home last night anyway.


    Ice Reply:

    @cece, I agree, Marcus has a sh**ty voice.


  6. Ice

    “My breasts were bigger than a girls breasts”

    I’m sorry, but that just made me laugh.


  7. me

    I loved Tim but a musical genius wouldn’t release garbage such as “Pass At Me (feat. Pitbull)” or make music with Miley Cyrus!


  8. wow

    missy must have been n love 2 cus u no she like girls


  9. l0l

    timbaland wasnt the only that love aaliyah missy wanted some of dat pu$$y 2


    biggz85 Reply:

    @l0l, grow up


  10. l0l

    she was just a baby when she was with r kelly 2 that aint stop his old ass


    anonymous Reply:

    @l0l, thats because r kelly is a Perv..timbo aint like that, well, atleast not with aaliyah anyway:\


  11. Chet

    Who wouldn’t be in love with Aaliyah, seriously? Brains, beauty, talent; she had it all.


  12. Audrey Hepburn

    Some things are better left unsaid. Why did so many grown men fawn after such a young girl. That’s not hot.


    Winston Churchill Reply:

    @Audrey Hepburn, shut up


    Audrey Hepburn Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, No. You shut up and keep your dumb ass moving. Thanks :)


  13. davidjohn83

    why is he mentioning missy as past tense?


    HoneyJay00 Reply:

    @davidjohn83, I was asking myself the same thing!! Maybe their friendship isn’t what it was back then.


  14. UNK

    Can’t wait to see this always good to here Timbo speak i think tim and kanye can say they are musical geniuses because quite frankly they are i wouldn’t be mad if just blaze,mannie fresh,dre,primo,polow,danja,etc said something along those lines


  15. Tony

    @UNK lol…you were good until you said polow da don


  16. Justice

    What a clown! I wonder how his wife gonna feel now hearing this? I don’t know where ya’ll been but his wife “resembles” Aaliyah, why you think he’s with her!?!?! Notice when that whole “suicide attempt” happened he said he “don’t answer to anyone but his brother and his moms” What kind of respect do you have for a wife saying some ish like that???


  17. Sarah

    Aaliyah was so beautiful.


  18. natural coco

    Mam shes was dang so amazin. In a short carreer. I guess whos going to be the next Aaliyah girl maybe Ciara, Mya, Ashanti, Ameriie, & finally Keri Hilson. I wish there was a new Aaliyah woman. More than a woman dat has to be a chance of bring a baby girl. R.I.P.


  19. too-tall

    dance-wise i’d say Ciara, but as far as singing? idk maybe Beyonce…or Keri hilson or even Ashanti? -ehh kinda hard to fill aaliyah’s shoes -she was in her own bubble, her own league.


  20. Mr. Ed

    I have to agree with everyone else that was saying the same thing. As if you would call yourself a musical genius.


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  22. Cynthia

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