What Happened to August Alsina? The R&B Singer Has Dealt with and Overcome Tragic Events within the Last Few Years

by Jeremy Spirogis
August Alsina Visits The SiriusXM Studios

Just a few years in the past, August Alsina was thought-about to be one of many primary artists to hold R&B into the long run. Fast ahead to today and Alsina hasn’t been deep within the music trade for a few years. The singer was trending on Twitter this weekend, with many of us tweeting reminders of the singer’s well being points and tragic household incidents which have left him as a caretaker proper now.

August Alsina Visits The SiriusXM Studios
August Alsina in 2015 | Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM

August Alsina was an rising R&B star of the mid-2010s

Alsina first broke onto the scene in 2013 together with his hit single, “I Luv This S**t.” The music was an enormous success, particularly on city radio. Reaching No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100, it is usually his highest-charting single because the lead artist. The unique model of the music featured Trinidad James and R&B singers Trey Songz and Chris Brown. .

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His debut album, Testimony, was launched in 2014 and it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. The album featured the singles, “Make it Home” and “No Love,” that includes Jeezy and Nicki Minaj, respectively. He was featured on a number of hit singles in 2015, together with DJ Khaled’s “Hold You Down,” which additionally featured Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, and Jeremih.

His second album, This Thing Called Life, was launched in 2015 however didn’t attain the identical quantities of success as Testimony. In 2016, he was featured on one other hit DJ Khaled single, “Do You Mind,” which additionally featured, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Jeremih. As of now, that is his final main single. He hasn’t launched a whole lot of music since 2017, only some songs right here and there.

He’s had a whole lot of well being issues

In 2017, Alsina first revealed that he was affected by liver illness. He opened up about it in an interview together with his good friend, Jada Pinkett Smith. Alsina has a detailed relationship with Pinkett Smith and Will Smith and the previous helped him via a Percocet habit. He first met them via their son, Jaden Smith.

Alsina stated within the interview, “I have a liver disease where my autoimmune system is fighting against itself. The reality of it is, I’m sick all the time. I don’t really like to talk about it because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy. Don’t treat me like I’m a f*****g cancer patient, ’cause I’m not.”

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Prior to revealing this, Alsina had different well being scares as effectively. He collapsed on stage in 2014 after having seizures and wand was in a coma for 3 days. In 2015, he revealed he was blind in a single eye and dropping sight within the different. The rapper was advised he had a degenerative eye illness that was worsening and wanted to get surgical procedure to assist appropriate it, which he did.

In December 2015, he stated, ” I went to see just a few different medical doctors, however that was it — I needed to settle for it. It was a really humbling expertise. You take that without any consideration, waking up and with the ability to see. I’m a sickly man. I do know that each one of that has acquired to be for a cause. All this loopy shit didn’t occur to me simply to occur.”

Tragedy has resulted within the singer elevating his nieces

Aside from his well being issues, Alsina has additionally had some private tragedies. His sister died after having most cancers and he started caring for his 4 nieces. After their father was killed, his sister requested him to deal with the women if something ever occurred to him.

On changing into a dad or mum, Alsina stated advised The Shade Room final 12 months, “They call me Damy it’s dad and mommy mixed together and just the weight of that title alone because I don’t have kids of my own, it makes me want to be what I know I need to be for them because I grew up with my father dead and having a strained relationship with my mother. To go through life without having a person you can run to, without having a certain type of foundation, so I’m saying all of that to say I am how I am. And I am how I am until I get to more of what I’m supposed to be.”

The dialogue with The Shade Room was Alsina’s first public interview to press in a number of years, although he additionally appeared in an episode of Pinkett Smith’s Facebook discuss present, Red Table Talk, in 2018

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Alsina generally shares photos with the women as effectively. He says whereas he’s open to having youngsters of his personal at some point, his nieces are his precedence. “The joy that my nieces give me, I wouldn’t mind. But I think at this point in my life, my babies, they’re still kids. And that’s my focus. And maybe once they get older, I could possibly have a kid and know that [they’re] going to look out for my kid. I’m not in disagreement with having a child, it’s just about the circumstance being what it should be in order to bring more life into this world,” he stated.

Fans present help as he begins trending on Twitter

Alsina started trending on Twitter after one tweet particularly went viral. The tweet states, “People don’t even realize August Alsina was next. His brother was killed and sister-in-law died, and he took in their daughters and is raising them on his own. His liver disease keeps him in consistently, all while his peers don’t even show love. Man deserves more respect.”

Though the tweet blended up some information, (Alsina’s sister died from most cancers and his brother-in-law was the one killed) it undoubtedly struck a chord with lots of people who’ve missed Alsina’s presence within the music trade and hope he’s doing effectively.

Other individuals began to hitch in, posting optimistic sentiments concerning the singer and giving him effectively needs. “I miss August Alsina so much. God please let this man get and stay healthy. May all the generational curses he’s suffering be broken and keep his nieces in your good graces,” another person tweeted.

On Mother’s Day, we hope that Alsina is doing effectively and that he continues to be the dad or mum that his nieces want.

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