How Timbaland Stared Down Death, Beat Addiction, and Lost 130 Pounds

How Timbaland Stared Down Death, Beat Addiction, and Lost 130 Pounds

Legendary hip hop producer Timbaland opened up to Men’s Health Magazine about overcoming addiction, dropping more than 100 pounds, and gaining a new perspective.

He told the magazine that following a root canal in 2011 he started receiving a prescription for painkillers.

Then “my arm started bothering me,” he says, the remnant of an old injury—at 17 he was shot accidentally while working at a Red Lobster. More pain gave him an excuse to ask for more pills. As pressures mounted, his pill abuse worsened .

It was his children that helped him get clean.

He realized he needed to save himself for them. “It’s like a bright light going on in your brain,” he says about raising children. “That’s how you know what true love really is.”

After loosing over 100 pounds he told Men’s Health.

“God has me under construction, which I’m still under. I don’t feel like I’m complete. I don’t want to ever feel like I’m complete, ’cause my mind would probably get idle. God needed me to be clear so I could see what is needed, not what I want.”

(Men’s Health)