When it comes to people in the entertainment business, it seems like the media are quick to jump to conclusions. Often times a story is fabricated or overblown before all of the facts are recognized. Recently it seems like there have been quite a few suicide attempts by people in the entertainment business, but are all of them accurately reported? Recently, a story came out about a suicide attempt involving a famous musician, but it seems like it was overblown.
According to People magazine, rapper and producer Timbaland denied rumors that he was considering suicide after a $2 million watch was apparently stolen from his home. A caller reported that Timbaland was under stress and that he might harm himself because of the alleged incident. Timbaland said that his family was probably concerned because they were unable to find him after the situation. So it appears the media blew the story out of proportion, even though there was something taken from Timbaland. Timbaland indicated the item was not a watch, but instead another valuable item he was concerned about.
Timbaland’s apparent false suicide report compares to when Fantasia Barrino allegedly tried to take her own life. According to People magazine, Barrino was hospitalized two weeks ago for overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid. The suicide attempt happened shortly after it had come to light that she was having an affair with a married man. The media were surrounding her and asking a bunch of questions that she did not want to answer. It seems like Barrino had just given up hope and felt like ending her life was the only thing she could do at that point. We do not know for sure whether or not she really intended to kill herself; some people think it was just a publicity stunt.
Barrino did not try to deny the suicide attempt, and it seems like she really was trying to just end everything in her life. Timbaland, on the other hand, denies that there was ever a suicide attempt, and was just a result of his family worrying about his whereabouts. Barrino has a reality television show, which led to some people speculating she did it for ratings instead of the affair aftermath. Ever since the suicide attempt, Barrino has stayed pretty quiet while she continues shooting for her reality show. Barrino is still a successful musician and currently is still in the spotlight, even though she tried to commit suicide due to the alleged affair accusations.
I do not think that Timbaland’s career will be affected at all because of this allegedly false suicide attempt. He has always had a successful career which has been filled with many challenges along the way. I do not think that this will affect him in any way because he is still a talented musician. It seems like this is just a case of simple miscommunication between him and his family. His reputation will not be affected either because he is highly regarded in the music industry. People from various genres look up to him and think he is a talented, exciting and smart person.
This just seems like a case where the media blew something way out of proportion before getting all of the facts. If it comes out that he really did try to kill himself, I hope he will be able to get the help he needs. As it stands right now, it seems like this is just a simple misunderstanding that exploded beyond what it should have been.
Carlos Greer, “Timbaland: ‘Why Would I Commit Suicide?”, People
Carlos Greer, “Overdose No Accident, Says Fantasia – ‘I Wanted Out’, People