One of the most troubling details that surfaced in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries is the alleged sexual relationship with his protege Aaliyah who was 15 at the time. As the series came to an end, another one of the music industry’s power players has been exposed of having inappropriate feelings towards the late singer.
In a 2011 episode of E! True Hollywood Story, Timbaland admitted that he was in love with Aaliyah when he first met her. The only problem is they were working on her sophomore album, One In A Million, and she was only 16 and he was 23.
“When I first met Aaliyah—it’s time for the world to hear this, I’m gonna give a little secret—I was in love with her,” Timbaland said in the resurfaced video. “I said, ‘She [is]just a baby, I’m old. 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 also admitted to marrying his wife, Monique Idlett, because she resembled the “We Need A Resolution” singer. “When I first met my wife, I knew I was going to marry her because she looked like Aaliyah,” he said.