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October 04, 2011

Tough Love Miami star cops to her DUI, the reality show rite of passage

She calls herself a crazy psycho from whom men run and hide, but when it came to drunk driving on August 4, 2010, a few good men ran after and arrested aspiring singer Jane Castro, aka Jei, a "feisty Latina" with "strict Cuban parents" currently appearing on VH1's Tough Love Miami. The show's premise is typical: a so-called dating expert brings his Boot Camp to "one of the most challenging dating cities in the country--Miami: famous for its spicy South Beach scene and flawless men and women." Attractive, maybe. Flawless, far from it, especially if you're on a  reality show and get busted for DUI.

Castro, who addresses her DUI on the second episode of the show, tells us the wake up call and the show were catalysts to her dreams to become a singer: "Once I got the DUI, I decided to stay sober. I've been sober for a year and 2 months, and completed my DUI mandated penalties," Castro told us.  "Though when the show was filmed, I was still embarrassed and ashamed of my DUI and I wasn't very public about it. Seeing my mug shot was a bigger wake up call and [Tough Love's "dating expert] Steve made me face it. I hope people learn from my experience. And since then my sobering experience brought Tough Love Miami and the chance to fulfill my musical dream by releasing my solo single Show Me the Money just released on iTunes.'' Good for her. But that brings us to that other reality show rite of passage: the iTunes single. Click to hear Castro's and discuss.