From Pop Crush:
When Timbaland and Aaliyah were in the studio together, they created some of the biggest hits in the late 90s including ‘Are You That Somebody,’ ‘One in a Million’ and ‘Try Again.’ However, Timbo’s professional relationship with the late songbird soon turned into infatuation. In a revealing E! True Hollywood Story special, the hitmaker admits that he was in love with Aaliyah.
“When I first met Aaliyah, I was in love with her. I said, ‘But I’m not … she just a baby [and] I’m old,’” he 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.”
This was probably a wise move on Timbaland’s part. Who knows what could have happened if he would have pursued a love affair with the R&B songbird? Both of their careers could have gone into different directions.
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