Yesterday, Timbaland was the focus of a Malibu manhunt amid concerns he might be suicidal. Today, the uber producer is talking about the whole mix-up.
“It ain’t nothin to worry about,” he said during an interview this morning with Ryan Seacrest.
According to family members, the 39-year-old hip-hop superstar disappeared following the theft of a $2 million Jacob & Co. watch from his home.
His wife and mother-in-law called in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said he had left his Malibu home “upset, under a lot of stress” and they feared a “possible suicide attempt.” An APB was issued before 5 p.m., and a helicopter and squad cars were mobilized.
Sheriff’s deputies soon found him driving near the Pacific Coast Highway.
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But Timbaland says everyone way overreacted. The beatmaster himself called in to Ryan’s radio show this morning to clear up any suicide rumors, saying that the whole incident was blown out of proportion, and that this isn’t the first time people have stolen from him.
“I don’t know what happened to be honest with you, I don’t know what people are talking about,” he said. “People steal from me all the time. Stuff did happen, it wasn’t a watch it was something else.”
What he was upset about was that the item had been in his house and he knew someone he trusted had taken it. He then took a drive to clear his head.
“It’s people that are close to you, you know,” he explained. “So only thing I did was take a drive to see how my head is.”
When he didn’t respond to frantic calls from friends, they assumed the worst.
“They probably thought because I won’t talk to them, I guess people got worried. If my mom ain’t callin’ or my brother or my best friend, ain’t nothing to worry about. The officer pulled me over, he just had to do procedures. I snapped, ‘Who the heck reported something like that? No, why would I commit suicide?’ ”
Timbaland was calling from the studio, where he is currently putting the final touches on Keri Hilson’s new album.
“I’m in the studio,” he said. “I don’t know if a person committing suicide would be in the studio.”
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