Missy Elliott on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The raptress discusses Graves' disease, childhood abuse, and more -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On the heels of the revelation last week that Missy Elliott has been suffering from Graves’ disease since 2008, the raptress sat down for an in-depth interview with VH1’s Behind the Music series to talk about those health issues, as well as a variety of other hot-button topics in her life, including the poverty and abuse she endured as a child. EW has an exclusive first look at the episode that will air tomorrow, June 29, at 10 p.m. on VH1.

In the episode, Missy—and those close to her, like her mother and fellow artists Timbaland, Mary J. Blige, and Ciara—discuss the challenges and triumphs she’s faced. Specifically, in the clip below, Elliott talks about the abuse she and her mother dealt with when she was a child. “He pulled the gun out in front of me,” Elliott recounts of her father. “I was screamin’, ‘Daddy, please don’t kill my mother! Please don’t kill my mother!”Later, she adds: “I never forget it. Like, it was the most scariest time in my life.”

In the special, Elliott will also talk at length about her near-fatal battle with Graves’ disease, including the day she first realized something was wrong. “One day I was riding in the car and I realized that my foot couldn’t hold the break down,” Elliott says in the special. “And my leg started shaking real bad, then I started having dizzy spells, bad dizzy spells and I realized I had a knot in my throat and it was huge. I knew something was wrong, I was very scared.”

Additionally, Missy will address rumors about her weight and open up about being sexually molested as a young child, a subject she rarely discusses, as well as the reasons behind why she had to walk away from DeVante Swing of Jodeci and her first group Da Bassment after she got signed for a record deal at the age of 19.

Watch the full, exclusive—and rather juicy—preview video here:

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  • Ulysses

    Im definitly watching this episode tomorrow. Missy elliot is a true artist and remains real and fresh and i love her as a performer. She puts her best in everything and i hope that she remains healthy, and continues to bring out great music for us to jam to. Her story is gonna be great to watch.

  • tigger851

    this is soooooo a dvr’d show!

  • Bobby F

    Cool. I was wondering where she went. All of her music is total jam music. I can listen to it on the treadmill also and get a really good workout :)

  • dee

    I believe it should read “my foot couldn’t hold the BRAKE down.”

  • Ann

    Just put this on my TiVo list. Cannot wait for this Behind The Music. Love Missy!!

  • Dee

    I will definitely watch this but I was hoping maybe Missy would finally come out. I guess not.

    • jack hart

      no .. she’s still in the cloest. i wonder if she’s going to talk about her perosnal & professional relationship with the soul artist “tweet” and abandoning her. i wonder will she mention her crappy “american ido type” reality show on the cw (couple of years ago)

      • Ethan

        Oh wow, had no idea! I dug that Tweet song “Oops… Oh My,” and she was super cute – good for Missy! Gonna jam out to “Work It” pretty much right now.

  • china

    iam watchin nd i cant wait i luv missy…

  • Dee Jones

    I wish her the best. I`ll watch the episode.

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  • Dee Jones

    Yeah what happen to Tweet, this music game is a trip! You gotta have a plan B, seriously!

  • Adolpho

    The “most scariest”?? Did she even go to school?

    • Eva

      “Grassling with gun”??? What is it with black people and language?

  • Miguel

    I just want to know if she is working on a NEW album cuz I want to pop-lock-and-drop-it on the floor.

  • Jonann Wesley

    Missy Elliott, I wrote to you this week and I send you a birthday card! I suffer from Lupus, so we are healing together. I play piccolo and would love to play for you to heal your heart. I know you will like that. (202) 581-1606. Jonann….love

    • Concern SuperStar….name not revealing.

      Missy Eloitt, I think that you should respond to the young lady, the piccolo player, please!

    • Concern SuperStar….name not revealing.

      Missy Elliot, I think you should respond to the young lady, that want to play piccolo for you!

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