Since last week’s episode, folks have been buzzing about Love & Hip-Hop of Atlanta’s Joseline Hernandez. Only two episodes in and Joseline appears to be in some type of romantic relationship with her manager and cast-mate (Stevie J), is allegedly pregnant and things just keep getting more and more entertaining for VH1′s newest show.
Recently, we spoke with Joseline about all of the above, plus rumors surrounding her being a man, being bullied into tweeting a nude photo of herself and why she doesn’t care about being labeled a ‘side chick’. Check it out!
What made you decide to quit being an exotic dancer? How long did you dance?
I stopped dancing when I met Stevie about 6 months ago…I started at a young age, when I was 16..on and off ’till I was 24. Of course I had a boyfriend and I stopped for a few years…so it was and on and off a little while. I raised myself since I was 13…(in Miami).
What made you decide to do LHHA?
It was something that I could do that could help me see myself different. Somebody can tell you how you act, what you do wrong, but when you look at yourself doing it its like “Oh wow, I can change here, I can change that.” It was therapeutic, like therapy for me.
How has life changed since the show?
It’s a lot of work. I just have to do a lot of major work. I’m back and forth to the studio everyday. I’m always in the studio. I’m always dancing. I’m always doing something.. It’s just a lot of work…I’ve never worked this hard before.
Were you interested in pursuing a career in hip hop prior to meeting Stevie?
I always wanted to be an artist since I was a little girl. I always loved to sing and I loved to dance and stuff like that…And when I met him [Stevie J], before I met [him], I wanted to be an artist… But when you’re making fast money in the streets, you don’t really think about your future and your life…so he was just the one who really helped me and change to the way I was thinking, “You can do something different right now, you don’t have to wait, the money is gonna come.”
What type of genre music or sound are you going for?
I got some reggaeton for my Spanish people, I do a little Spanglish too…It’s for everybody… Everybody is gonna love my music.
Do you think you have the potential to be a musical super star?
Of course–I’m already am a superstar. Not because of the show, but because that’s what I’ve always been. This is for me, this was meant to happen.
How did you meet Stevie J?
I met him at the strip club through another friend, another guy we both know; but then from there I met him at the studio a second time, but originally it was at the strip club.
Why do you feel like you owe Stevie so much?
I am loyal to Stevie and I do owe him. He’s done a lot for me; he’s changed my life. I mean I’m just a real person; he changed my life… If it was not for Stevie, I would still be in the strip club and the reason why is because I was not ready to leave. Even though I know I have talent and even though I’m beautiful and I could do what I wanted to, I wasn’t about to stop doing that because I was making so much money. When you’re making $2,ooo to $3,ooo a night and you’re 23 24 years old, you don’t wanna stop doing that–just to try [and] make it in this industry that is so hard to do. So I owe him a lot… Whether or not Stevie and I work out, or anything… I’m still gonna be his first forever, and still gonna owe him everything because that’s just how I am. I feel that way.
What’s it about Stevie J that makes you want him so much?
I love Stevie. He’s a friend of mine and we work together and I’m gonna always love him. What do you mean what is it? Everything! We friends! Love is love, I can love you if I know you long enough. Its nothing about Stevie that I’m saying “Oh I’m in love with Stevie because of this.” No, I love Stevie because we’re friends, we people! I’m a loving person… I gotta love him, we’re gonna be around each other forever.
What’s your REAL relationship status with Stevie?
He’s my manager. You have to stay tuned to watch the show if you want to know that answer.
Are you comfortable with your image as a “side chick” on the show?
Well they can say what they wanna say if they think I’m Stevie’s side chick…It doesn’t matter to me what people say about me. I’m a single woman I do what I want. I do what I please, whenever I wanna do it. And, they can talk about what they want to say about Joseline Hernandez. I’m gonna be here, and forever is here, so get prepared to see me for the next 30 years. As far as Stevie goes, people can think what they wanna think, but I’m not doing anything for just Stevie, I’m doing this for Joseline. Stevie is gonna be there regardless, but that’s what it is.
On the latest episode you admit to having an affair with Stevie J for the past 6 months. Are you 100% sure the baby is his?
I can’t tell you that girl! You gotta stay tuned girlfriend! So much more is gonna come you’re gonna love it.
How awkward or uncomfortable were you allowing a camera crew up in the bathroom w/ you while you took the pregnancy test?
Well I wasn’t that much uncomfortable…I’m not gonna lie to you…I’ve taken a #1 with a lot of other people. Being an exotic dancer for so many years, you just don’t care..which is something I’m working on now…still working on it.
From what we saw, it looked like Stevie didn’t want you to have the baby. Were you surprised by his reaction?
No, I wasn’t surprised at Stevie’s reaction.. I know what kinda person that I’m dealing with. I know how he reacts to anything and everything. He’s just nonchalant to life… Stevie is just gonna be Stevie… He’s gonna do what he does.
There’s been a ton of speculation surrounding your sexuality. How do you feel about that?
I’m starting to take it as a compliment because they say only that men that turn into women are perfect. And I am perfect. I have a perfect face. I have the perfect body. I have the perfect everything – I don’t have a flaw on me. I really started noticing I’m 100% woman… It’s really like, I can’t even begin… I’ve never even heard that before. I have men give me everything I’ve ever wanted, and I’ve never had a problem with people looking at me that type of way. It’s crazy to me. Do you not see all this greatness? I don’t understand, I’m confused. I’m beautiful and a lot of women would pay thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars to look like me. You know, I work out a lot.. take care of my body and I love how I look. And hey whoever don’t like it, they can stop looking! But I know they not, cause they love it too.
What motivated you to share the nude photo of yourself?
I was stressed out. I was wrong for doing that. I shouldn’t have never did that, that was my past but that was the first thing that i thought about. I just wanted people to leave me alone. They were just basically bullying me…people just really, they just don’t care… that’s how people end up killing themselves, because of people. I didn’t have to take it to that level.
Mona was not pleased. Is everything smoothed out between you and the producers?
I’m pretty sure she was upset about it, I apologized to her. I was wrong for doing it, and we talked about it..gotta move on.
Wrapping up here…I’ve seen a few people comment that the show seems scripted. Is it?
Everything on the show is real. It’s the realest reality of television.
What’s it like working with or for Mona?
We’re all trying to make it, we’re all learning. Mona didn’t do anything wrong. She just gave us the opportunity to do what we wanna do. Its an opportunity to me, and those people that talk they wish they were in my shoes.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I love those who love me. I’m still working. I’m still gonna have a career after “Love and Hip Hop…” I’m an artist. Stay tuned, give me a chance to tell my story.