Joseline Hernandez was born on November 3, 1976, in Puerto Rico before moving to Miami, Florida with her family. She admits to growing up in poverty where she’d step on broken glass in the streets because her family couldn’t afford to buy her shoes during her childhood. She has five siblings with one brother who is diagnosed as autistic. The Latina rapper and reality star is currently married to Stevie J, with whom she has one child with named Faust. Hernandez began earning money as a stripper at the age of 16 in hopes of supporting her family’s medical bills after moving to Florida. She dreamt of succeeding as a singer and began performing under her stage name Shenellica Bettencourt before getting arrested in 2003 in South Beach Florida due to lewd behavior on stage.