After his sister-in-law Chandra passed away in 2018, August Alsina assumed custody of his three nieces and takes his responsibility for their upbringing very seriously.
The ‘Benediction’ singer, who spoke to VH1 for the finale of The Surreal Life on Monday (November 21), tearfully discussed adopting the three young girls and how, at times, he feels like a bad parent due to his busy schedule.
“When my sister died, she asked me if I would 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 guess, a complex thing because I can sometimes feel like a bad parent, an absentee parent because of parts of my life and I’m missing out on certain parts of their life. 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,” one said. “He understands me,” said another, while the third echoed her sentiments with, “Understanding!”
Chandra passed away from cancer on Christmas Day of 2018, eight years to the day after Melvin, August’s older brother, was killed by gunfire when they were engaged.