Below, this week’s booted For the Love of Ray J contestant talks her quest for exposure, Ray J’s height and Chicago Larry, Cocktail’s backstabbing and her photographer/manager who is not, we repeat not, her pimp.
How was your time on the show?
It was different. It was, like, a different experience.
Was it more negative or positive?
Of course it was more positive. It was just different. I wasn’t used to that. Something new.
The way Ray dismissed you was sort of aggressive, wouldn’t you say?
Yeah, but I guess he felt kind of hurt or whatever. I don’t know, I think the whole situation was a big misunderstanding, so I’m not really mad at him.
Can you explain the misunderstanding?
First of all, I’m not gonna say, “Oh yeah, I was really in love with Ray J.” I didn’t have any dates with him or anything like that. I was still getting to know him. Then, the whole photographer situation, manager situation…it turns out he knew him, so it was kinda crazy.
Did you ever get to the bottom of why Chicago Larry never let you in on the fact that he knew Ray J?
I don’t know why he never told me, but I guess it wasn’t a big deal. We didn’t know Ray J was going to take it seriously. My photographer shoots a lot of celebrities so it never came up.
It seems like he was more than your photographer…
Yeah, he was my manager, actually.
Did you feel like you couldn’t reveal that on the show?
Yeah, of course I couldn’t say that, because then it would have been really obvious.
Obvious that you were there for exposure?
How much did the desire for exposure effect your decision to go on the show?
I would say 50/50. Love is good, but again, it’s a TV show.
What do you think about the stigma against girls who are on the show for “exposure,” when it’s obviously a TV show and exposure comes with the territory, regardless?
I think everybody who was on the show was not only on the show for love. Everybody in the back of their mind knows that.
Are you still being managed by Larry today?
Yeah. The show gave Larry a big boost and me a bigger one. It didn’t even make me look that bad.
Have you heard the rumor that Larry’s a pimp?
I think that is the funniest thing I ever heard. I should bring Larry to the reunion and dress him up as a pimp.
Yes! Do it!
People want to know who the hell he is. They want to put a face to the words.
I have to say, the way he talked to you sounded lecherous at times.
Yeah, he is a character, but that’s why I like him. He’s very different.
He seems different.
But everybody knows Larry in Chicago. They know he’s not no pimp. In a way, I understand where that came from, though. I am a model, he’s a photographer but he gets me jobs. So in a way, I can jokingly say, “Oh he’s my pimp.” You know? I just think it’s all very funny.
What was the thinking behind your last-minute lap dance? Desperate last move?
It wasn’t desperate, but since I didn’t have any one-on-one dates with him, I felt like I needed some more personal time with him.
You said that going into this show, you thought it would be different than the other VH1 dating shows. After watching it, do you think it was?
Yeah. It was a little better. I don’t fight and I’m not overly dramatic and I cannot stand to be living with those types of people.
There was some drama with Cocktail, though.
Well, it wasn’t physical. It wasn’t ignorance. It was more verbal. You can say whatever you want. As long as you don’t hit me, I can get over it.
What did you think of Cocktail’s aim to “expose” you?
First of all, Cocktail is from another reality show. Speaking of exposure! If anyone’s there for exposure, it’s her. I think she’s just a hater. And nobody likes her. None of the other girls. She was a backstabber in the house and I don’t like her.
Did you make friends?
Yeah, me and Danger’s pretty close. Whatever her stuff. I don’t know what’s going on with her publicity stuff, but it’s crazy. But yeah, she was the nicest one, even though nobody liked her.
When you were on the phone with Larry and said that you weren’t trying to marry Ray J, did you have any sense that your own words could be used against you?
I mean, come on, I cannot have no privacy, period? I did not know that Ray J was going to listen to all the conversations. But I don’t know him! I didn’t have any dates with him. How could I say that I was going to marry him one day? If I said that, I would be lying. I’m not trying to get married, period, right now.
Did you find the exposure you sought? Are you getting more work?
I think I got a little overexposed from the show, actually. (Laughs) I’m getting so much exposure that I don’t know if I can handle it now. I’m working on a lot of stuff. It’s crazy. I’m just like, “Whoa.”
When did you move to the States from Russia?
I was 12-years-old.
What did you think of Ray J making fun of your accent?
He needs to get over that. All my friends were like, “We understand every word you were saying.” I think they just made that up for TV. But I didn’t appreciate that too much.
Your English is better than is Russian, right?
Yeah, it’s like, you may laugh at my accent, but I’m bilingual. At the end of the day, I’m not sufferin’ here.
You said he’s too short for you when you were leaving. Did you say that out of spite or is that true?
I’m not a liar! It’s very true. Nothing against Ray J, but yeah, he’s kinda short. But I hold nothing against Ray J. In fact, I’m friends with him on his MySpace page.
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