The confession of his love for an underage Aaliyah is causing a renewed upset.
The Surviving R. Kelly docuseries has reignited outrage towards the infamous singer in relation to a multitude of sexual abuse allegations. One of the most high-profile situations explored in the production concerns a young Aaliyah, who is said to have been married illegally to Kelly. Other industry figures were also attracted to the underage singer. Timbaland revealed his falling in love with the young star during an interview in 2011. His little confession is now being recontextualized in the current socio-political climate that generally has no tolerance for predatory behavior.
In the clip below, Timbaland recalls his romantic feelings for Aaliyah. “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 admits. He then goes on to specify that he never acted on these feelings and maintained the platonic nature of their relationship intact. “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 even married based on his infatuation with the “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number” singer: “When I first saw her I said, ‘That’s the girl I’mma marry’ because she reminded me of Aaliyah.”