The Grammy-winning producer — known for his work with Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Madonna and several others — dropped 130 pounds after having a frightening nightmare just after learning he developed prediabetes.
“I had a dream that death was near. I saw myself with a white face,” Timbaland, who’s real name is Timothy Mosley, confessed to Men’s Health.
The 47-year-old admittedly packed on the pounds due to unhealthy eating habits. The songwriter also became addicted to OxyContin and Percocet after taking the prescription pills for root canal pain in 2011. Other stressors — such as his messy divorce and an IRS investigation into his taxes — contributed to his unhealthy lifestyle.
“[The pills] put me in a great feeling of not caring, of just being free. I’m like traveling, doing shows, poppin’ ’em, having fun, just being ignorant,” he said.
At his heaviest, the 5-foot-7 beatsmith weighed-in at 350 pounds. After moving into a smaller Miami condo, straightening out his divorce and settling his debt with Uncle Sam, Mosley decided to take his health seriously for the first time in years.
With the support of his children and girlfriend — Punch Elite Fitness gym founder Michelle Dennis — the musician dropped 50 pounds after one year of training.
As for kicking his scrip addiction, Timbaland called it, “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 soon began working out at DBC Fitness, where co-owner and trainer David Alexander created a custom fitness routine and diet for the star, consisting of chicken, salmon, vegetables and plenty of water.
“He has a no-quit mentality,” Alexander shared. “He understands that this is his new life. It’s not something that’s going to go away in three months. And he’s committed. Tim is one of the most mentally strong guys out there.”
“God has me under construction, which I’m still under,” Timbaland added. “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.”