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You never know what someone is battling and super producer Timbaland recently opened up about his struggle with drug addiction and how a near fatal overdose mad him want to change his life

Timbaland started taking pain medication in his thirties, to help with nerve issues resulting from a gunshot wound he suffered as a teenager. But his use spun out of control, and as his drug intake increased, his chart success declined, he blew through a lot of his money and his marriage collapsed – fueling a vicious cycle of depression and addiction. “Music is a gift and curse,” he says. “Once you’re not popping, it plays with your mind. The pills helped block out the noise – I’d just sleep all day. I remember Jay-Z told me one time, ‘Don’t do no more interviews’ – because I was saying crazy shit.” His now-girlfriend, Michelle, recalls that at the end Timbaland was taking doses so high that she was genuinely worried he’d die in his sleep. “It was so bad, to the point where I couldn’t even sleep,” she says. “I’d put my hand right by his nose, just to see if he was still breathing.” He eventually did suffer what he believes to be a near-death overdose while sleeping three years ago.

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