Delano was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is the eldest of eight siblings. Her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is Colombian and Italian. She was raised in a strict Catholic household and attended Catholic school. Delano was an honors student and a "teacher’s pet". In 2009, she graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a bachelor's degree in forensic psychology and minors in addiction studies and criminology. Delano worked as an office manager for Bank of America prior to her adult film career. She was also an exotic dancer and a gymnast.