Now that things have calmed down around August Alsina’s revelation of his relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith, August is getting back to what matters the most – the music and his family. Furthering the narrative around why he came forward, the singer’s revealed that the reason was always his family – and the ability to take care of them.
It all started with the release of Alsina’s new project, The Product III: stateofEMERGEncy, which was released June 26th, 2020 on Shake the World/EMPIRE. Alsina had been a bit absent from the music scene, with his last release dropping in 2015. He’s also dealt with a ton of personal issues in between projects, which include battling his own drug addictions and the loss of his father, brother and sister-in-law.
August first addressed the rumors during his now infamous sit-down with radio personality Angela Yee. During the interview, which covered a range of topics including his auto-immune disorder and becoming a “father” to his brother’s daughters, Alsina revealed that he’d been in a relationship with the actress and the moment went supernova.
“People can have whatever ideas that they like. But what I’m not OK with is my character being in question …” he said at the time. “Contrary to what some people may believe, I’m not a troublemaker. I don’t like drama. Drama actually makes me nauseous. I also don’t think that it’s ever important for people to know what I do, who I sleep with, who I date, right?”
“But in this instance, there are so many people who are side-eyeing me … I’ve lost money, friendships, relationships behind it. And I think it’s because people don’t necessarily know the truth. But I’ve never done anything wrong. I love those people (the Smiths) … They are beautiful people.”
Jada eventually admitted that the “personal journey” she’d been on with Alsina started over 4 years ago and but had now become “public.” Jada and Will shared that while their initial purposes of connecting with August Alsina were to help him because he was “really sick,” it became a physical relationship – after Will and Jada had apparently “broke up.” “I was done with you,” Will said openly. “It was indefinite,” Jada said, also agreeing that the two “were over.”
Calling it initially an “entanglement,” Jada also clarifies that Will didn’t give his “permission” for her relationship with August. Jada thinks that August thought the “permission” came from the fact that the couple wasn’t together and August didn’t want to be considered “a homewrecker.”
Well, with his conscience clear and all rumors put to rest, Alsina’s back to work and trying to refocus on the main thing – his music, and taking care of his family, which was what all this had ever been about, he claims.
In his latest interview with People magazine, Alsina talks about striving to be an example for his “naughters,” as he affectionately calls them. Alsina’s the legal guardian of his nieces Chaylin, 14, Amaiya, 13, and Kayden, 11, after their mother Chandra — who had been engaged to his late brother Melvin — died from cancer on Christmas Day.
“I’m striving to be an example for my ‘naughters,'” he told the publication. “And I want them to know and trust that they’re going to be alright here with or without me, or without any man, without any woman, without any parent.”
After news of the “entanglement” broke, Alsina was defiant in speaking his truth and it seems as if he had been all along. It’s important to him that his “naughters” saw that as well. “I never really cared about what people thought of me, but my personal life started to seep into my business life,” said Alsina.
“There were certain falsities about me, and it affected my business relationships. I got three kids to look after. Kill me, hate me, stone me, but bury me an honest man.” The singer went on to discuss the status of his relationship with The Smiths. “It’s just a part of life, and it’s a part of the journey. There’s a lot of love there. Sometimes truth is complicated and difficult. But [my relationship with them isn’t] broken at all.”