August Alsina Reveals His Battle With Genetic Liver Disease

The singer talked to his good friend, Jada Pinkett Smith, about his daily fight. 

August Alsina scared fans in September 2014 after collapsing on stage during a performance.

The 24-year-old said very little about the incident (claiming it had to do with coma recovery at the time) until now.

In a sit-down interview with friend Jada Pinkett Smith, for what appears to be a special, the New Orleans-bred singer says he’s suffering from a liver disease. 


“I have a liver disease where my autoimmune system is fighting against itself,” he says. “Reality is I’m sick all the time. I’d really like to talk about it and I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy. Don’t treat me like I’m a f–king cancer patient, because I’m not.”

The strong words, although not indicative of many cancer patients, revealed his frustrations with trying to hide his illness for years. But he did ask for forgiveness in the Instagram post of the video.

“Please excuse my defense mechanism in this clip,” Alsina captioned the video.

“I’m sicker than ever and having a hard time accepting what I feel and what the Doctors are saying is most true. After sitting down and talking with my fathers mother and sister.. They explained to me that sickness and illness runs in my family. My father and grandfather both died of severe illness. But they were FIGHTERS and that’s all that matters. Just ride with me is all I ask.”

Also revealed from the interview is how close Pinkett feels to the star. 

“Through you I’ve been able to close some open wounds that were left in regards to my relationship with ‘Pac,” she says about her late friend and rapper, Tupac Shakur.

Hopefully fans can see the full interview soon.

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Usually we have hot topics since later shade that for most of the time have two different sides. They're either a slay or they're in a shade, but we can't forget the occasional slashade where [LAUGH] Panelist are torn between the two sides However, there are some topics that are just so egregious and deserve all kinds of shade. Insert August Alsina. So his recent concert. During his performance, he brought a female fan on stage to serenade her, but ended up doing a little more than just singing. While behind the fan, August proceeded to grope her breasts. The clip of the groping went viral, and social media blasted August for sexually assaulting the young lady. It's unclear on whether the young lady was okay with it or uncomfortable. None the less, following the criticism August posted a screenshot of the photo from the alleged female fan who posted a photo of the incident with the caption, oh excuse me. And I quote last night don't owe me anything featuring August Alsina. He gave the fan a shout out, calling her a beautiful young lady and slammed all his quote ignorant and weak haters. Ray, can you please [INAUDIBLE] together for this one please? [LAUGH] All right, so, thoughts on the shade of the day. I'm assuming everyone thinks it's a shade. Shade of the day. [CROSSTALK] It's our shade of the day. Pam's like I'm putting my card down, I'll start with you, Pam. We shade public breast groping. That's what we shade. I am fine with two consenting adults behind, they can do whatever they want to. Right. But let's just be clear in this. Era of men not knowing sometimes what lines to cross. Mm-hm. And this era of date rape and this era of all these issues with roofies. And I think we need to just understand that that's not appropriate. I mean first of all, he didn't know her. So he's groping someone he doesn't know. So are we telling other boys, you can grope someone you don't know if it's all cool and it's all As long as she thinks he's cute. It just sends the wrong message. Message. It just send the wrong message. Demetria? So here's my thing. If he came on stage with a, Janet used to bring the men on stage and do all sorts of things, right? So if he brought the woman on stage and he said, I'd like to do some things to you. Do you mind? And the woman said, do with me what you will, then I really don't have a problem with it. It's just that there didn't seem to be any consent, and to the woman's Credit or his credit, the woman doesn't seem offended by it, but I would just like to see some consent involved here, that's all I'm asking. Right, that's fair enough. When we were talking in our production meeting, I'm like, you know. Some of these young ladies look awfully mature. Do they know for a fact that she was over eighteen. Right. Was there someone on the side saying, Ma'am, I need to see an ID, Name, Date of Birth please, thank you. Yes! [LAUGHTER] Right, right. Ray? Agree. As the only male up here, I'm not gonna jump you now, but what you think? [LAUGH] He definitely molested her. Her shirt, she should have been topless because in his mind she didn't even, he just completely ignored the shirt, completely. [LAUGH] I think my real issue is this conversation that we need to have with With our daughters. Because if she's on Instagram like, listen. I mean I know y'all mad [LAUGH] But I'm gonna get his hands tattooed right here. [LAUGH] I will remember this forever. That's the real issue but that's a huge issue. So I think it goes into that conversation where we need to be like, okay boo. You going to the August Alsina concert, let me sit you down, right now, and if he calls you up on stage, and that happens, I'm gonna killg him and you? Oh. And we'll be good. And we'll have that conversation. So I think there is an accountability that goes along with her, because she should have definitely Definitely could have been an X-Fileg. She's like, okay, move your hand, she's on stage so a lot of people watching. Right. Right. And it's one of those things, where, too, she was definitely put on the spot. So it's like, you know, you have hundreds of thousands of people looking at you. Right. Right. You know, what are you supposed to do? You can go and Shock and just not do anything. And be like, what the hell was that?. She doesn't mean that she was ok just cause she didn't say no. She probably was like, "is he touching my?" You know, like. Everybody responds differently. He probably thought it was romantic. But get some consent. And if there's some consent and I'm at the concert and some things go down. We all grown. Right. Huh. We all grown. I'm find with consent. Now I have to ask this before we cut out. You brought up Janet Jackson bringing the men up on stage. Do you think there's a double standard there? So, we've seen Destiny's Child do the lap dances. Oh yeah. We've seen different female artists do lap dances and provocative things with gentlemen on stage. But we haven't really raised too much of a qualm about it. Do you think that there's a double standard, and anyone can take this. [UNKNOWN] Really happy on the stage though. [LAUGH] They seem like, I'm a Tell you what. Okay, okay. [LAUGH] He was happy. He's got whipped cream in the back. Sure. Women are more like dancing. They're not like gyrating and popping and, you know, it's not going there. It's not magic city. [LAUGH] It's not magic city. You know, not magic city. Not magic city. But I feel like if they got magic city I wouldn't be offended but I would understand why People already think it. Okay, fair enough, Pam? I think bottom line I'm getting very women's studies on this but the bottom line, I think it isn't as easy for a woman to rape a man as it is vice a versus. So simply just knowing that that's the fact, I think. And men are wired differently. Mm-hm And I just think these are apples and oranges, and I don't know if you can always say double standards when you're really comparing two different beings who respond to sex differently, I just think, you know, it's just different for guys, you know what I mean, and obviously they were volunteers, I'm sure Janet Jackson, I'm sure they were all asked like yeah, hell yeah Right. So that's very different then Okay, I'm going upstairs. And then, oh, he's touching me. His hands up my shirt. I think it's very [CROSSTALK]. My boob almost popped out, I almost saw an areola. It's very different. [NOISE]