Joanna “Cocktail” Hernandez was the season one winner of For the Love of Ray J. So why is VH1 now airing a second season of Brandy’s brother’s search for love? Sexy stunner Cocktail tells In Touch what went wrong with her romance with Ray J — and what’s going right with her career.
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When did you first sense that things weren’t going to work out with Ray J?
Things didn't feel right after the reunion. I tried to be his girlfriend, and then we went on tour and there were rumors that he was going to do season two. When I asked him about it, he said "no," but then I found out the truth, among other things. Ray did break my heart — this whole thing has been an emotional roller coaster. I was offered a guest spot on season two, but I declined. I mean, why make me look stupid again? I'm not about to go on his show and support a season two when it's all lies.
What’s your take on Danger’s baby mama drama?
Whatever makes good TV, I guess. I knew Ray wasn't the father, and I don't think Danger wanted people thinking that, either. I think production has a great way of editing to keep viewers watching. It's all about ratings.
Did you or the other contestants ever think you were also competing with Whitney Houston?
He didn't talk about Whitney at all, actually. I heard the rumors that he was messing around with her when we were together, but who knows whether that is true or not.
What are your feelings toward Ray J today?
I care about him, and when I am around him, sometimes the feelings come back again. But I'm at a place now where talking about what really happened is allowing me to move on.
Do you think he’s sincerely looking for love — or looking for fame?
Ray doesn't have to go on a show to find love. It's about exposure and money.
In what way has the show been good for you, and in what way has the show been bad for you?
The show taught me a lot about myself, and it's allowed me to grow as a person. The fact that I'm doing things I might not have been doing prior has also been a blessing. I got hurt, but I don't regret it. Things happen for a reason.
What’s your advice for the winner?
Enjoy it while it lasts — it's a short ride.
What’s next for you?
I have a weekly one-hour show called Hangin' With JoJo — it's fun and laid-back. I am focused on my career — in which direction it's going, I'm not 100-percent certain, but I am in a few upcoming movies. So I am excited about that! For details on me, go to welovecocktail.com.
Would you do more reality TV?
I would do more reality TV for sure — but not about finding love! I would love to do Dancing With the Stars or Big Brother. I can dream, can't I?