Who is Zu from August Alsina's apparent 'coming out' video?

Eve Edwards November 22, 2022
Who is Zu from August Alsina's apparent 'coming out' video?


August Alsina has surprised viewers of The Surreal Life with the announcement that he’s found love “in a new way” with rapper and model Zu.

Alsina starred in this year’s reboot season of the VH1 reality show alongside Dennis Rodman, Stormy Daniels, and Frankie Muniz, among other famous faces.

During Monday night’s (November 21) Surreal Life episode, Alsina announced that a new person has been “teaching him about love and healing.” He then introduced viewers to Zu, welcoming him on set. This has led some viewers to believe that the Surreal Life clip was Alsina’s ‘coming out’ moment, although this hasn’t been confirmed by the musician. In fact, there are some who believe Alsina was just referencing platonic love, as the two have worked as musical collaborators in the past.

This obviously has fans curious about Zu and how the two became acquainted, so here’s what we found out about the model.

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Who is Zu?

Zu is an ambassador and model for Encina Wellness, August Alsina’s genderless skincare line. Alsina announced the launch of Encina Wellness earlier this year, in June, with the range debuting a month later. Alsina and Zu appeared together in promotional images for the skincare line. It was around this time that Alsina and Zu began collaborating together musically.

Zu, like August Alsina, is also a musician. His career has been taking off in the industry this year thanks to his association with Alsina.

Together, the duo has worked on several songs. Zu released his first single, 2 am, in June. This featured August Alsina. Zu’s next single, Yeah Yeah, also featured Alsina and was released in July.

August Alsina calls Zu his ‘twin’ on stage

While Zu and August Alsina haven’t made any music videos for their two tracks together, they have performed them live on stage.

On September 16, 2022, August Alsina brought Zu out on stage at the Fall Back in Love Comedy & Music Jam 2022, in Washington DC.

“I wanna run something new for y’all. I got my twin in the building, I’m so inspired by this man. He’s a dope artist,” Alsina said as he introduced Zu. After performing 2am, Zu got a chance to speak to the crowd. Zu said: “Man, I just love vibing with y’all tonight.” They then swiftly left the stage.

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Keep up to date with Zu on Instagram

If you are curious to know more about Zu after his appearance on The Surreal Life, you can keep up to date with the musician and model on Instagram.

As of publication date, Zu has over 26,000 followers and counting. You can find him under the handle @iamlazu_.

While August Alsina has images of the pair together on his own Instagram, Zu has yet to post any with the musical artist. Zu has just promoted their singles together by sharing the cover art.

August Alsina opens up on ‘new way’ of loving

In the latest episode of The Surreal Life, August Alsina explained he had found a “new” type of love. Alsina concluded the episode saying: “Love showed up, but in a new way. I want to share that and really honor the person that I love and that loves me back and teaching me so much about love and healing. I want to do that in front of the world because it defies all of the constructs that one would say love is supposed to be or love should look like.”

It is unclear what August Alsina means when he speaks of this “new way” of loving – whether it is platonic or romantic. Earlier this year, in July, Alsina shared a video with Zu wishing his mother a happy birthday. In the caption, Alsina wrote “our mama,” and later in the video said: “We love and adore you.”

One Twitter user made the observation: “Y’all realize August Alsina didn’t actually say he was gay or that dude was his [boyfriend] right? It’s giving intentional ambiguity for social discourse and higher viewership next week.” We’ll have to see in the next episode of The Surreal Life if August Alsina sheds anymore light on his relationship to Zu.

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