SINGER-songwriter August Alsina made the headlines following claims he had an affair with Jada Pinkett Smith.
Fans are keen to find out more about August and what really happened between the pair.
Who is August Alsina?
August Anthony Alsina Jr was born in New Orleans on September 3, 1992.
The 30-year-old singer-songwriter is most known for his hit, I Luv This S***, with Trinidad James, and No Love, featuring Nicki Minaj.
He began singing and uploading covers to YouTube at the age of 14.
August’s music falls into the hip hop and R&B genres.
The rapper had a troubled childhood as both his dad and stepdad were addicted to crack cocaine, then he later got kicked out of his home by his own mother.
In 2010, August was only 17 when his older brother was shot dead. A year later, he lost one of his sisters to cancer.
On Instagram he posted a moving statement following the death of his sister, Chandra:
“We lost such a beautiful soul on Christmas Night To the battle with cancer. I am Utterly devastated & Deeply shattered!
“Not only for myself, but for my 3 little nieces, whom are now robbed of BOTH parents.
“First they killed Mel, Now Cancer has stolen you. What is life? Why is life? Why is THIS life?”
He’s been open about his own health issues in recent years.
In 2014, he collapsed on stage and a few years later revealed he has an autoimmune disease that attacks his liver, causing him health scares.
Did August Alsina date Jada Pinkett Smith?
August became known to the Smith family after being introduced by Jaden Smith, and since has had a close relationship with them.
During an interview posted on YouTube on June 30, 2020, he made the shocking claim that he had an affair with Jada Pinkett Smith after Will Smith allegedly allowed it to happen.
But on July 10, 2020, the couple addressed the rumors during an episode of Jada’s Red Table talk show on Facebook.
Although her husband had not explicitly given his blessing to her relationship, she confirmed that she had started seeing Alsina while the couple was separated.
Will said: “We specifically never said anything.
“Coming to the table was like we just felt like it got to the point where you gotta say something.”
August said Will “gave me his blessing” and went on to talk about how he fully gave himself to Jada, saying he can die happy now having had that experience.
He said: “I devoted myself to it, I gave my full self to it — so much so to the point that I can die right now and be okay with knowing that I truly gave myself to somebody.”
But addressing August’s comments, Pinkett-Smith said: “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself.
“I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s also not a homewrecker. Which he’s not.”
Pinkett Smith said her relationship with Alsina ended, the Smiths reconciled, and she said she has not spoken to the singer in years.
What is August Alsina’s net worth?
August has a net worth of $4million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
He has over 2million monthly listeners on Spotify.
August has previously collaborated with big-name rappers like Yo Gotti, B.o.B., and Chris Brown.