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7 January 2019, 11:39 | Updated: 7 January 2019, 11:41
Timbaland admitted that he "was in love with" 16-year-old Aaliyah and claims he found his future wife "because she looked like Aaliyah".
The 'Surviving R Kelly' documentary saw claims that R Kelly had underage sex with 15-year-old Aaliyah, then John Legend labelled the R&B star as a serial child rapist', Aaliyah's mum issued a statement to deny the claims - and now Timbaland has been dragged into the whole thing.
Whilst R Kelly is alleged to have married Aaliyah and gotten her pregnant at just 15 years old - claims which he has constantly denied - Timbaland openly admitted that he was in love with Aaliyah the first time he met her when she was 16.
“When I FIRST MET Aaliyah, I WAS IN LOVE WITH HER, but she’s just a baby & I’m old, so I’m just gon’ be her brother. I was fighting, I WAS FIGHTING a big war.” - @Timbaland— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) January 4, 2019
FYI: Aaliyah was 16 & Timbaland was 23 when they first met. 👀#SurvivingRKelly pic.twitter.com/uR95M0oR5z
Speaking in an interview, Timbaland revealed, "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,"
He went on to reveal, "I said, ‘She [is] just a baby, I’m old'. I said to myself, 'I’m just gonna be her brother'. Oh man, I was fighting, I was fighting a lot — a big war. But I loved Aaliyah."
But whilst that revelation is surprising enough, Timbaland then also went on to claim that he first noticed his future wife "because she looked like Aaliyah".
Timbaland on seeing a woman, he knew he was going to make his wife, because she looked like Aaliyah.— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) January 4, 2019
(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
When asked about meeting his wife at a music event in Jamaica, Timbaland responded, "When I first saw her I said, 'That's the girl I'mma marry' because she reminded me of Aaliyah."
Discussing the story on Twitter, one person wrote, 'Damn. How lower can this situation go...' whilst another added, '“I was in love with her.” Acknowledging that she was a baby makes what he said even worse.'
Following the 'Surviving R Kelly' documentary, it was reported that R Kelly was set to sue everyone involved in the project as he claimed it was a "vendetta" against him. Timbaland is yet to respond to the freshly unearthed clips of himself talking about Aaliyah.