Sherri Shepherd Says She Agreed To Surrogate Baby To Save Her Marriage

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 08/14/2015 | 11:30 AM EDT

Shepherd opens up about her mistake in agreeing to have a baby via a surrogate with her estranged husband

If we learn nothing else from Sherri Shepherd's surrogacy drama with ex-husband Lamar Sally it's that a baby will not fix-- only complicate-- a broken marriage.

The former "View" co-host recently spoke with PEOPLE about her bizarre custody battle with Lamar Sally that began long before the baby was born. In April, Shepherd was named the legal mother of a child born via a surrogate. Shepherd had spent months fighting the case because she believed she was tricked into having the child with Sally before their marriage went south.

Looking back, Shepherd realizes it was her mistake in not vocalizing her expectations of the marriage.



"My situation was a sense of, I didn't state what I needed and what I wanted and what I didn't want for being scared of somebody leaving the relationship," she told PEOPLE. "There are consequences to everything, but I was scared to say, 'That's not going to work for me. I don't want that.'"

As it stands, Shepherd is responsible for child support payments to Sally who has custody of the child, but she's hoping a judge will reverse the decision.


"I am appealing the ruling that happened and he gets his settlement every month," she explained. "He's happy. There nothing I can do. It's out of my hands. You move on and I have a son [with ex-husband Jeffrey Tarpley]. I have to take care of him so everything is good."

Whether things work out in her favor or not, Shepherd says she will move forward with a positive mindset and a smile on her face.

"I'm the type of person I feel like as long as you can get up, you have another chance," she said. "I've gone through stuff a nasty divorce, nasty custody battle but for me, I get up and I smile. I go through it and I make it through."


(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NAACP)

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