August Alsina paid a visit to “The Angie Martinez Show” on Power 105.1 this week. The New Orleans crooner discussed the highs and lows of the past year including his hospitalization for exhaustion and vision loss.
During the interview, he revealed that he had a disease called Keratoconus, which caused blindness in his left eye and loss of vision in his right. But he had eye surgery and was able to prevent his vision from getting worse. “It hurt like hell, but it definitely made me have a different perspective on life,” said August.
So I have this eye disease.. Blind in my left, and losing vision in my right. In order to prevent my eyesight from deteriorating ihad to do this surgery. This shit is beyond painful & Life be throwin' a nigxa curve balls but what I've gained from it all is priceless… A lot of things that are so natural to us in life (like waking up and being able to see 👀) we can take it for granted. Thank God the OG for allowing me to see.. The good the bad the ugly, I'm just glad to see👀
Despite his recent health scares, he’s in a good place right now. “I’m better than ever and I’m more focused than ever. I’m absolutely happy.”
He also spoke about his dating life (or lack thereof). “I haven’t been on a date,” revealed August, who denied that he is dating Keke Palmer. “It was a hangout, but definitely not a date.”
He hopes to release his sophomore album sometime around the end of August/mid-September. It will feature his new single “Hip Hop.” “That’s really what the single is, celebrate your sorrows and keep your head up and know that it’s something better to come. Embrace your journey, embrace your struggle.”
Plus, hear him speak on his BET Awards fashion meme and why his city showed him no love.