In a vulnerable interview with media personality Angela Yee, singer August Alsina expounded on his new docuseries and opened up about his rumored relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith, living with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, raising his nieces as his daughters, being molested, battling addiction and more.
The New Orleans native released his 27-track LP The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy on June 26. It’s his first full-length album since 2015. The project features Darrel Walls, Tink, Lil Wayne and more.
Leading up to the release of the album, the 27-year-old rolled out a five-episode docuseries over five days on YouTube titled stateofEMERGEncy: The Rise of August Alsina.
The Rise explores Alsina’s complex life experiences with homelessness, illness, love, pain, loss and triumph.
In a sit-down interview with Angela Yee, taped the same weekend The Product III released, Alsina dived deeper into his docu and shared more of his truth.
In a shocking reveal, Alsina seemingly confirmed his rumored relationship with actress and talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith. Pinkett Smith appears to be the involved relationship Alsina discussed in the docuseries.
“I actually sat down with Will [Smith],” says Alsina. “[We] had a conversation due to the transformation of their marriage to life partnership that they’ve spoken on several times and it not involving romanticism. He gave me his blessing.”
Alsina said he doesn’t want to hurt anyone; however, the rumors about the relationship have caused him to lose money, friendships and relationships, so he has to be honest.
Alsina said walking away from the relationship “broke [him] down.”
Reps for Pinkett Smith told Page Six say Alsina’s claims are “absolutely not true.”
Although the reveal has been the most popular portion of the interview, it was only a few minutes of the conversation.
Towards the beginning of the interview, Alsina spoke about rebuilding a relationship with his mother. In his docuseries, Alsina shared drastic situations he’s been in with his mother including her putting him on the streets.
Their relationship has changed since he accepted she could only offer him what she was given.
Alsina revisited losing his brother Melvin to gun violence and sister Chandra to cancer and stepping up to raise his three nieces.
Alsina’s sister’s death also invoked a death in him of who he was. After Melvin died, he said he sister lived life scarred, and her death reminded him he had to live life to the fullest.
“I want to live my life on full. I want to die on empty,” said Alsina.
In the hour-plus conversation, Alsina also spoke candidly about living with his autoimmune disease Guillain-Barré Syndrome. There was a month Alsina recounted where he was hospitalized. He had to learn how to walk and talk again, but he’s on the path of recovery.
He spoke about his addiction to drugs and the dire differences in the crack cocaine epidemic and the opioid epidemic with regard to their effects on Black and White communities respectively.
Additionally, Alsina shared more about being molested at a young age and his abuser still being in his life.
The interview and docuseries invited fans into Alsina’s life and subsequently made sense of multiple rumors revolving his professional and private life. I’d highly recommend viewing both in their entirety.