In his upcoming ‘E! True Hollywood Story’ special, Timbaland speaks on his relationship with Aaliyah and actually reveals that he had deeper feelings for her.
“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.”
Timbaland worked with Aaliyah throughout her career, producing a number of her hits like “One In A Million,” “Try Again,” and “Hot Like Fire,” before she died in a tragic plane crash in August 2001.