R. Kelly’s sexual relationship with Aaliyah is being discussed en masse due to ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ and now people have called into question the late singer’s relationship with longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland.
In a 2011 episode of E! True Hollywood Story, Timbaland admitted he was sexually attracted to Aaliyah when they first met.
At the time — which was during the creation of Aaliyah’s ‘One in a Million’ album — she was 16. Timbaland 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.”
Timbaland, who continued to work with Aaliyah throughout her career, also admitted to marrying his wife, Monique Idlett, because she resembled Aaliyah.
“When I first met my wife, I knew I was going to marry her because she looked like Aaliyah,” he said.
Get into the E! True Hollywood Story clips below.
Timbaland on seeing a woman, he knew he was going to make his wife, because she looked like Aaliyah.
(In this same documentary, despite Aaliyah being 16, he confessed to being in love with her when they first met… he was 23) pic.twitter.com/dIaqVkckRI
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) January 4, 2019