August Alsina is opening up about his latest medical episode that caused him to cancel a show.
On Monday afternoon (July 8), the 2014 XXL Freshman hit up his 6.2 million Instagram followers to provide an explanation for missing his scheduled set at an event for the 2019 Essence Festival in New Orleans, La. The 26-year-old artist posted a video of himself explaining what he’s been going through lately while laying in a hospital bed.
“So here’s the stitch,” Alsina began. “I woke up one day and wasn’t able to walk. Couldn’t feel my legs. My doctor ended up admitting me to the hospital to do a bunch of tests and he said that I have some nerve damage going on throughout my whole body that I have to undergo a recovery process for. I don’t know it’s like my immunity system just went on vacation. So just waiting on it to come on back so we can get together and make it do what it do man.”
August has been dealing with health problems for quite some time. After receiving eye surgery in 2015, the singer-activist told Jada Pinkett-Smith back in 2017 that he’s “sick all the time” due to liver disease.
“I have a liver disease where my autoimmune system is fighting against itself,” Alsina said. “The reality of it is, I’m sick all the time. I don’t really like to talk about it because I’m not looking for anybody’s sympathy. Don’t treat me like I’m a fucking cancer patient, ’cause I’m not.”
See August Alsina’s post below.
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Hiiii guys!! 😂It’s me, being my most awesome, weirdly great self. 🤦🏽♂️I’m here with the stitch 🗣 & to also apologize for not being able to make the essence fest gig last night. I take my career & your time very seriously & the fact that you guys show up for me, endlessly. Means the world! I’m man down right now, & figured I should share.. that My auto immune disease is raging, but im fighting this thing & on my mission to shake back & beable to make it up to you! I got so much 🎶NEW NEW🎶 to share w/ you!!!..& Big Love to give. ❤️ Big Life, Big Dreams & every peaceful thing to you! Less stress, More Love, More Rest, & Jah Bless. 🙏🏽 know that HE’s got you even when it all feels too complex. 👁⚡️🙏🏽