*Producer Timbaland has opened up about his true feelings for Aaliyah in a new episode of “E! True Hollywood Story,” revealing he was seriously in love with the young singer but couldn’t act on it.

“When I first met Aaliyah – it’s time for the world to hear this, I’m gonna give a little secret – I was in love with her,” he said in the special, set to premiere Dec. 20. “I said, ‘She’s just a baby, I’m old.’ I said to myself, ‘I’m just gonna be her brother.’

“Oh man, I was fightin’, I was fightin’ a lot – a big war. But I loved Aaliyah.”

Aaliyah, who died in a 2001 plane crash, collaborated with Timbaland and Missy Elliott on her second album.

The Timbaland tell-all also features a candid conversation about the producer’s past weight issues, which almost drove him to taking his own life.

He explains, “I was almost 400 pounds. Who wants to be a 400-pound black man? I’m looking in the mirror, my breast is bigger than a girl’s breast. And I was saying, ‘That ain’t cool.’ So I got very depressed, like suicidal depressed.”

This hour-long THS episode also features interviews with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Missy, Keri Hilson and Ryan Tedder.