On Wednesday, Aug. 25, rapper and mega-producer Timbaland was reportedly accused of trying to take his own life. It was said that a $2 million watch was stolen from his collection, and he “lost it.” Soon after, Timbaland spoke with Ryan Seacrest and cleared up the rumors.
The 39-year-old explained that something was stolen, but it wasn’t a watch. He said he simply got in his car and drove away so he could figure out how to deal with the situation. According to the Malibu Police Department, someone called in and said they had an emergency. Timbaland’s wife and family were worried because they were under the impression that he drove off after taking some type of medication. Timbaland went on to tell Seacrest that he was livid about these allegations.
Unfortunately, when you live your life under the close scrutiny of the media, you have to swallow the good press with the bad. Many celebrities fall prey to these false rumors of suicide.
Jaleel White, known to the world as the beloved Steve Urkel from Family Matters, was rumored to have actually commited suicide back in 2005. A wicked e-mail was circulated stating that the actor became obsessed with his Urkel character and actually thought he was his TV persona. White was outraged and spent a large part of a year having to prove these accusations false.
False attempted suicide reports plagued Jaclyn Smith’s life recently. A Honduran newspaper reported that she was air lifted to a hospital there after attempting to shoot herself, stating also that she was in critical condition. In reality, it was not Smith at all; it was actually Sandra Franklin, the wife of a Charlie’s Angels producer. Smith has used the Internet to voice her discontent and ask her fans to not believe the hype. In some cases, these tall tales can ruin a celebrity’s reputation.
If you have to spend more of your time proving you’re alive than actually acting, it can have anyone wanting to kill the media. In Timbaland’s case, I don’t think his powerhouse of a career will be affected. Timbaland, born Timothy Zachery Mosley, is a Grammy Award- winning producer and songwriter. He has proved his longevity in the music Industry, which started back in 1996 with his very first production credit on Ginuwine…The Bachelor. He has helped build the careers of Aaliyah and Missy Elliott. Mosley has collaborated with numerous talents, such as Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Katie Perry, Jay Z and L.L. Cool J. His funky, quirky beats and dazzling melodic hooks make him one of the hottest producers in the game.
He is also a “Supa Dupa” rapper in his own right, and has released several albums of his own. Whatever the real story is, if something worth $2 million was indeed stolen from him, no doubt he will keep pushing on. With his track record, I am sure he will make double that with his next hit record.