Timbaland Speaks Out About Losing 130 Lbs + Overcoming Painkiller Addiction
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Legendary music producer, Timbaland, is 130 lbs down, and boxing has a lot to do with it.
Timbaland gets candid with Men’s Health, and speaks about “death being near,” overcoming a painkiller addicition, and getting his health right. The 47-year-old producer told the publication that his painkiller addiction started in 2011 after getting a root canal. He then started abusing pills such as Oxycotin and Percocet. At the time, Timb was up to 350 lbs.- which ultimately led to prediabetes.
“I had a dream that death was near,” he said. “I saw myself with a white face.”
His near-death dream, and the thought of his three children was enough to get him back on track. “It’s like a bright light going on in your brain,” he said of his kids. “That’s how you know what true love really is.”
As he began to get himself off the pills, he started to get into box. “When you get beat up the way I got beat up mentally, this ain’t hard,” he says about the sport. While boxing in the morning and doing cardio and weightlifting at night, Timbaland is now 130 lbs. lighter- but he isn’t done yet, “I don’t want to ever feel like I’m complete, ’cause my mind would probably get idle,” he said. “God needed me to be clear so I could see what is needed, not what I want.”