August Alsina talks about adopting nieces after sister’s death

August Alsina is the caretaker of his three nieces following the death of his sister-in-law Chandra in 2018, and he takes his role in their lives very seriously.

While talking to VH1 to the final of The surreal life Monday (November 21) at “Complications” The singer tearfully opened up about adopting the three young girls and how he can feel like a bad parent at times due to his busy lifestyle.

“When my sister died, she asked me if I wanted to take custody of my nieces and I told her I would, so I became the legal guardian of my three nieces,” Alsina began. “My relationship with my nieces is, I think, a complex thing because sometimes I can feel like a bad parent, an absent parent because of parts of my life, and I miss out on certain parts of their lives. And I just feel for them and parts of their journey.”

In another part of the clip, his nieces were asked what they love about their uncle. “I like that I can talk to him about anything,” said one. “He understands me,” said another, while the third echoed her sentiments with, “Understanding!”

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Chandra died of cancer on Christmas Day 2018, eight years after losing her fiancé Melvin – August’s older brother – to gun violence.

“My sister, my friend, life giver to my nieces, my hair magician, my biggest supporter, my number one fan,” he wrote in an Instagram post at the time of her death. “We lost such a beautiful soul on Christmas Eve to the battle with cancer. I am completely devastated and heartbroken! Not only for myself, but for my 3 little nieces who have now been robbed of BOTH parents.

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“First they killed Mel, now Cancer has stolen you,” he continued. “What is life? Why is life? Why is THIS life? I call on God for the answers.”

On a positive note, The surreal lifeIt also revealed the finale on Monday night August Alsina has found new love in his life. The singer opened up about love entering his world in a “new way” and wanted to honor “the person I love” before introducing a man on screen and telling him he loves him.

“Love appeared – but in a new way. I want to share that and really honor the person that I love and who loves me back and taught me so much about love and healing,” said Alsina. “I want to do it in front of the world because it defies all the constructs that people would say love should be or love should look like.”

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