August Alsina is celebrating his nieces as she hits an age milestone of 16 years.The singer is proudly wishing his daughter a happy birthday.
While Chandra was sick, Alsina says he never thought she’d actually die.
In 2018, the 27-year-old R&B singer stepped in as legal guardian of his nieces Chaylin, 14, Amaiya, 13, and Kayden, 11, after their mother Chandra, who had been engaged to his late brother Melvin, died from cancer on Christmas Day. (Melvin was shot to death in New Orleans in 2010; his murder is still unresolved.)
“They are beautiful kids with beautiful energy,” Alsina tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. “I’m excited to see life unfold for them, and I want to be as present as I possibly can within their life while still being able to show them what it looks like to have a career.”
August on People magazine
“It was to the point of delusion,” he says. “I was just like, ‘No way, ain’t no way that’s going to happen.’ I remember my sister asking me, ‘Would you take custody?’ I’m like, ‘Of course I will. But there’s no way you’re going to die.'”
“As she was making plans to leave this earth, she texted me, ‘All this time you’ve been running from being a parent, from having kids, and now you’re forced to,'” he continues. “I’m like, ‘I just play the cards that life deals me, and I’ll figure everything out.’ She said, ‘You always do.’ And she went to sleep and that was that.”
The now Uncle-Daddy is stepping in as a good example for his nieces after they were orphaned, and made his repsonsibilities.
August spoke to People Magazine back in 2018 about his intent to fit in as a parent for the girls before they are old enough to carry on with life.
The Singer is practicing the act, after he posted an adorable birthday wish for one of his nieces as she turns 16 today.
from #augustalsina Happy 16th birthday kiddo! @c.chaylinn You are one of my favorite parts of this life.
If i had of created you myself, i was would’ve had u at 12. SHEESH😰😅😤 lol.
One of the greatest lessons I’m learning through your existence is just how much I DONT know SQUAT about the ropes of parenthood.
It has been the most ghetto hood that I’ve ever visited actually 😂 ..I’m probably a much better uncle than I am a “dad.”, &that’s okay.
At times I’m absent drowning myself in work, most times I’m confused, but at ALL times, I’m loving you..
so with that said, We’ll keep bumping our heads, fumbling, fouling, efff’n it up and learning along the way…
Until we get it right. 🥴 happy birthdayyy DAY ONE, I’m loving you all-ways. ❤️ 🎈 🥳