Timbaland Talks Overcoming A Drug Addiction, Says He Had A Dream That ‘Death Was Near’

Timbaland, real name Tim Mosley, discusses his battle with addiction and losing 130-pounds in a new interview with Men’s Health.

The hip hop producer tells the magazine of his old lifestyle: “I had to get whipped, because I didn’t appreciate anything.”

“All my life I felt it was a little too easy,” he explains.

Mosley reveals he started abusing OxyContin and Percocet after receiving a prescription for painkillers following a root canal back in 2011.

Photographed by Christaan Felber for Men’s Health
Photographed by Christaan Felber for Men’s Health

He says his arm started bothering him after that (he was shot at age 17 accidentally while working at a Red Lobster), which gave him an excuse to take even more pills.

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Mix his injuries in with a painful divorce from his wife Monique and financial troubles, and Mosley says his addiction got worse.

The musician, who is now on a strict workout programme and eats healthily, adds of taking the pills, “It put me in a great feeling of not caring, of just being free. I’m like travelling, doing shows, popping ’em, having fun, just being ignorant.”

However, he eventually had a dream “that death was near” and decided he had to shape-up for the sake of his daughter, 12, and two sons, 17 and 27.

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Timbaland shares of his kids, “It’s like a bright light going on in your brain. That’s how you know what true love really is.”

Photographed by Christaan Felber for Men’s Health
Photographed by Christaan Felber for Men’s Health

Despite wanting to get his life together, he admits getting over the addiction was, “One of the toughest things I’ve been through.”

“The only things that got me through it were my kids, my girl, the help of God keeping my mind still,” he reveals.

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