Flavor of Love 2: Where Are They Now [Gallery]
It’s been five years since the second season of VH1’s the popular reality series, Flavor of Love, introduced 21 new diverse females competing for the love of oddball rap icon Flavor Flav. But just because the show ended doesn’t mean the girls time in the spotlight had to.
In fact two of the ladies, Larissa “Bootz” Aurora, and Shay “Buckeey” Johnson used their time on Flavor of Love as a springboard to appear in the VH1 spin-off Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School in 2007. And while FOL 2 winner, London “Deelishis” Charles, had a fleeting romance with Flav, the hour-glass figured Detroit native found an outlet for her true love—singing. The aspiring songstress released the aptly titled single, “Rumpshaker,” in 2007, which showcased her prized asset.
That same year Deelishis and Bootz graced the pages of XXL’s Eye Candy, while Buckeey appeared in Fabolous’s music video for the single “Baby Don’t Go.” Certainly these ladies were once the flavor of the month in hip-hop, so the question is, where are they now? —Amber McKynzie
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Bootz vs. Sumthin'
Larissa “Bootz” Aurora
XXL: So you were XXL’s November 2007 Eye Candy, and just after that you were featured in Fabolous’ video “Baby Don’t Go.” All of that was in ’07. Since then you’ve traveled, hosted parties, etc…but things have been kind of quiet lately. Where are you now?
Larissa: I’m married [and] I’m actually in the Valley, about 30 minutes from Los Angeles, and I just had two kids back to back so I’m already down to my size four again. So now I’ve been going out, meeting a lot of people trying to get back in the game basically.
Married with kids! Who’s the father?
[Laughs] Ummm, I’m married to someone I’ve known for like years, since sixth grade. So when I went on Flavor of Love2 we were off. Then in Charm School, he was the guy I was talking to on the phone when Pumpkin actually took the cord out of the wall and I went off on her… when they taped Flavor of Love it was about three months before they aired [the show]. We hooked [back] up right after I taped.
Okay, so you’re married to your high school sweetheart, and you have two kids. Does this mean you’re done with the spotlight and there’s no more Bootz?
No! I have a new YouTube channel that [just came] out. It’s YouTube.com/ForeverLarissaAurora. [I just] put up my first video and that’s basically based on my fans. I’ve been getting a lot of questions, like you said, Where is she now? I get a lot of comments on my hair, so [I’ll give] tips on hair, talk about all the shows, the videos and everything. I’m basically going to be answering my fans’ questions kind of like an “Ask Larissa Aurora” or Bootz or whatever cause they usually call me Bootz.
Do you still have the same mentality that you had when you were on Flavor of Love and Charm School?
One thing that I don’t like is that people think it’s not for entertainment, and they think that’s exactly who [I am] on a day-to-day basis. I want to show people who I am on YouTube and let them know who I am, especially after having two kids. And then seeing who I [really] am because a show is just a [small] percentage of who someone is and what they do, especially because it’s all about ratings and making money.
You have your YouTube channel and your social networks going – do you have anything else in the works?
I am going to pursue acting but I really think that my fans have been asking… more about VH1 shows and I'm not trying to jump into a VH1 show unless it’s my own you know. ’Cause I feel like with the I Love Money I don’t like how they lumped everyone together. Everybody in that category is not to my level. Everybody that is not at my level will bring me down because these people can’t have the ratings that my show [will] have you know.
So talking about other girls on your level, there were a few other girls from FOL2 that XXL readers followed after the show – Buckeey and Deelishis. Do you have relationships with them?
[ Buckeey and I] talk once in a while and we have been in talks about certain things for the future and but, you know, of course we're working on ourselves first.
What about Flav? Do you still talk, are you still friends?
When I was pregnant with my daughter he wrote me on MySpace, but that was the last that I've heard of him.
Buckeey vs. Krazy
Shay “Buckeey” Johnson
XXL: You were a hit on Flavor of Love 2, then you had a lot of other stuff going on in after the show. Today, people are saying things have kind of died out for you. Are your 15 minutes of fame up or are you still building your career?
I’m in Atlanta, GA, but I just came back from L.A. I’m trying to work on a few projects with Larissa [aka Bootz] and myself [and] Deelishis and I [just did] a party in Augusta, GA on January 8th [at Club 706]. But if they wanna know where the party’s at [and how to find me, use] my Twitter @ShayJohnson or my MySpace/shayjohnsonatl. Google me bitch, it ain’t that hard.
Okay, okay. So do you link up with Deelishis a lot or any other girls from the show?
I looked at D like she was a sister and sisters they fight. If I say I got love for you, I can love you from a distance and not talk to you and come back like nothing ever happened. But me and Larissa have been working more lately then me and D. Me and Larissa have been working on a few projects. As far as the show, those are the only two people that I would have love for. The rest of them hoes they can kiss my ass.
So what’s your relationship with Flav? Are you guys friends or you were just cool for the moment?
I went on Flava of Love looking for an opportunity. No we are not friends. No we did not date. I have nothing against him at all. I wish him the best, but it was just a TV show. People kind of take it a little too seriously.
Are you dating anyone now?
I’m not gonna say what he does, but [I was] involved with someone. [But] now I’m officially single.
To change it up real quick, let’s talk about your ass. There’s been some speculation lately that you’ve had butt shots. Is that true?
The way my ass jiggle and wiggle it ain’t no shots up in here baby. God blessed me naturally. My momma put this up in me! My momma is bad. [But] don’t get it twisted; I love looking at [ass]. I go to the strip club all the time to make it rain on them with somebody else money. Not with my money, I ain’t stupid.
Deelishis Wins Her Man Over With Her Voice
London “Deelishis” Charles
What’s going on?
[Well], I found an interest in acting, so I did two films last year and one this year. [Last year] I filmed a comedy called Pawn Shop with Garret Morris and Joe Torry, and this year I did The Hottest Summer Ever Known. The Pawn Shop comes out early [this year] - it reminds me of “Friday.”
Do you have any more singles dropping in the future?
There’s a single now that’s out called “Be With U” and I’m a feature on that. The single is by Elijah Conner.
What’s going on with your love life? After Flav you were linked with Busta Rhymes. Are either of them still in your life?
I was with Flav and a lot of people wondered if it was real. I don’t know if… it was what it was. I was intrigued by his character, his personality, his television show, all of it you know. I liked him. That was the situation for me. However, it wasn’t as available to me as I thought it was. He wasn’t really honest. He had a girl that he had been with for years. So it started to unfold behind the scenes.
And what about Busta?
Busta was a person I met through the business. He helped me through a lot of things as I was growing in the entertainment and it just became a relationship. [It lasted] a little bit under a year.
So that was then, what about now?
[Now] I have a husband. It’s just been a year. And now I have an eight-month-old [daughter]. When my relationship with Busta took a turn for the left this guy was there, and he was pretty persistent as for being around me.
So getting back to your job. Have you talked to any of the girls from FOL2?
I stayed very close Buckeey and Bootz. Bootz is on the other side of the world and she got married and had two babies, so a lot of times I would be more so with Buckeey. And Buckwild and I are still cool and Safari and I are still cool.
Okay, and I know Buckeey was filming I Love Money 3, were you a part of that too?
Yeah, we were very close on that show. But they’re working on scheduling a date for us to re-film [the show] because we had filmed [it] and unfortunately one of the contestants fled to Canada and killed himself [after] he killed his wife. [He], and that wouldn’t [have been] in good taste for them to actually air that.
[But] I Love Money 3 would’ve had you guys on the edge of your seat just like the “Flavor of Love” did. [It] would’ve been the most controversial of all the “I Love Moneys.”
Anything other shows aside from I Love Money 3?
[VH1] came to my Husband and [I] and asked us about doing a new show. So long as it doesn’t put my children in a bad light, we’re gonna do it. [It’s] based on my career after Flavor of Love.
So it's safe to say the rumor that you retired isn't true?
I don't want people to think I retired. I didn't retire. I'm still me, I'm still Deelishis.