August Alsina hinted at coming out as gay during his appearance on the reboot of VH1′s The Surreal Life.
During the new episode, which aired Monday night, August talked about his current love life. The revelation came two years after his affair scandal with Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Love showed up, but in a new way,” he says in a confessional. “I want to share that and really honor the person that I love and loves me back and is teaching me so much about love and healing. I want to do that in front of the world because it defies all of the constructs one would say love is supposed to be or love should look like.”
Alsina has had at least 4 relationships. His first public relationship was with Mandy Williams from 2013 to 2015. He was then linked with Kayla Phillips.
For a year, he also dated Miracle Watts. Their relationship became public after they posted their pictures on each other’s social media accounts. However, the two did not publicly accept their relationship.
Pinkett Smith and Alsina’s secret relationship came into the limelight in 2020 when the singer appeared on the show The Breakfast Club to talk about his new album. Alsina revealed to host Angela Yee that he had been in a relationship with Pinkett Smith “for years” after Will Smith allegedly gave him his “blessing” to continue it.
“I actually sat down with Will and had a conversation due to the transformation from their marriage to life partnership … he gave me his blessing,” he shared.
However, Pinkett Smith’s representatives responded at the time saying that the claims made by Alsina are “absolutely not true!!”
“My truth is MY truth, & it’s mine to own,” Alsina responded through a post on Instagram. “There is no right or wrong here, it simply just IS. & I make room and have acceptance for your thoughts and opinions, regardless if I agree or not, you have that freedom to feel WHATEVER it is u feel because when you’re at TRUE peace, all of the noise and chatter becomes that of a whisper.”
Just days later, during an episode of her talk show Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith spoke out about the alleged affair.
The couple clarified that the affair happened while Pinkett Smith and Will Smith were separated for some time in 2015.
“Marriages have that though. We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time and you go figure out how to make yourself happy and I’ll try to figure out how to make myself happy. I really felt like we could be over,” Will Smith said.