It’s been close to four months since a judge ruled Sherri Shepherd is the legal mother a baby born via a surrogate mother last August.
The former co-host of The View has been the subject of significant media criticism during the bizarre custody battle. And now, she is finally opening up about the custody drama with her ex-husband Lamar Sally.
"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," Shepherd told People Magazine on August 12.
"There are consequences to everything, but I was scared to say, 'That's not going to work for me. I don't want that.'"
After Sherri and Lamar married in 2011, the couple decided on a surrogate pregnancy using Sally’s sperm and a donor egg.
But before the baby was born, Sherri and Lamar were embattled in a bitter dispute of financial responsibility of the baby. Sherri was ordered to pay child support after she was legal declared the child's mother.
"I'm the type of person I feel like as long as you can get up, you have another chance," she said.
Shepherd added, ”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."
In April, a Pennsylvania judge declared that Shepherd is to be officially listed as the child’s mother.
"I am appealing the ruling that happened and he gets his settlement every month," she said. "He's happy. There nothing I can do. It's out of my hands. You move on and I have a son. I have to take care of him so everything is good."
Her ex-husband has been very public about his feelings toward Shepherd and about the custody battle. But mum has been the word for Shepherd.
"As long as the people who know me, know my heart and they know my love for my son and my character and integrity. That's all I have to stand on," she said.
"As long I can look at myself in the mirror and look up and go 'Did I do what you told me to do' I'm good."
Shepherd also has Jeffery, the 10-year-old son she shares with ex-husband Jeffrey Tarpley.