Sherri Shepherd Opens Up About Her Divorce

By: Lindsay McCane - June 12, 2014

Last month, Sherri Shepherd filed for divorce from her husband Lamar Sally, just a few short months before their child was to be born via surrogate.

Now, for the first time, Sherri has broken her silence on her current situation and explained to US Weekly at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala in NYC, on Tuesday, June 10, how she is coping with the changes in her life.

“I say you can’t beat yourself up,” The View co-host said. “When you know you’ve made the wrong choice in a guy… you look, you do some introspective work, and you try not to make the same mistake.” She added, “If you do, get back up, dust your feet off, and start walking and moving forward.”

Shepherd already has one child, an eight-year-old son Jeffrey, from her previous marriage to Jeff Tarpley. She and Sally had only been married for three years before she abruptly filed for divorce on May 2, 2014. Sherri requested full legal and physical custody of the unborn baby, due sometime this summer.

While the split hasn’t been easy on Sherri, she credits her close group of friends, including her co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, for helping her through this time. “Have really good friends around you, so you have a soft landing place,” Shepherd said. “I have really amazing friends.”

Sherri says that she hopes things will settle down soon because she doesn’t want her children seeing her break down. “When the dust settles, you figure out what went wrong—but as long as you’re alive and you can breathe, you [can] get up and keep going,” she said. “For me, my child can’t afford to see Mommy having a nervous breakdown. It’s not in the cards.”

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  • Nadirah Ahmed

    parenthood can be frightened from cost alone. Because there is a surrogate baby involved that must be very costly. That can put a strain on a new marriage. Surrogate mom is something that should’ve been discussed before marriage.Hope that the sperm is your husband’s and the egg is yours, it does make it easier to digest.. Marriage and babies both need to be nourished. Nourishment for a embryo needs plenty of love making,from the father’s sperm and the mother’s compassion. The mother gives the baby nutrients from food and self love. . Sharri, did your husband make love to the women carrying your child?.

  • Vegas

    Good luck Sheri and don’t ever give up on LOVE!

  • Fred Flinstone

    ….twice divorced….and this women is on tv giving advice daily…..go figure..??!!

    • SKim212

      you’re implying it’s all her fault. it takes two, you know..

    • jules

      no sh_t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wont stop flapping her gums no one can get a word in

  • gizmos26

    Sherri has broke her silence? No …Sherri has broken her silence.

    • bhavana

      I noticed that.

    • jules

      did she have any silence I think she needs to shut her pie hole for once

  • Sharon Seigel

    Sherri, I don’t believe anything that your exes are saying. Love you, Sherri, and I know you are taking care of your baby boy!



  • KarsonKid

    I just thought: why would a woman NOT want to have her child. I don’t think any career is that wonderful that you would give up being a real mother.

    • Dawn

      Considering her first son was born three months premature and she had previous miscarriages before having him (all things she has talked about on The View before), there could be a problem with her carrying another baby. Just a thought.

    • Isabella

      So you can only be a real mother if you give birth to a child? Guess my child will never have a real mother due to my infertility issues. I feel horrible now that she will go her entire life having only me and not a real mother.

    • Sharon C.

      When did it become public media for them to decide whether a woman should carry a child or not regardless of what is going on in one’s life, many women can manage a job and children too, if they so choose.

  • marcus

    I think her husband married her hoping to get money, because I can see why they used a surrogate, I wouldn’t want to touch the loud mouth no body either! She should crawl back into the hole she came out of!!

    • bhavana

      If she’s a nobody then why is her name all over the news?

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  • jocko

    All of these women are phony, vulgar and disgusting. Stop watching these vile people.

  • Texas Bluebonnet 61

    Both men were gold diggers from the instant they met her. Be sure to have an air tight pre-nup next time.

    • bhavana

      Maybe there shouldn’t be a next time. After two failed marriages, maybe she just needs to call it quits and just date from now on.

    • jules


  • who cares

    Sherri, you are no more relevant than Odumbo or his adopted son Bergdahl, so please crawl back in your cave and go away

  • maaa274

    What I have read, she doesn’t spend much time with her son. I hope she gets it together and spends some quality time with her son and give him lots of love and attention instead letting the nannies raise him.

  • celie

    Some people never grow up….they may grow older, but reading some of these comments that are so hateful and nasty…lots of anger towards a lady most people posting do not even know. No wonder our world is such a mess, looking at the hate and anger here is unbelievable.
    She will do what is best for her, with good friends to help her along the way. It is what most of us do when a friend needs friends…
    Beauty may be skin deep, but the ugliness on these posts cuts right to the bone.

    • Betty

      I agree this world have some hateful people but god will deal with them

  • Louise Ray

    a sad thing many go through

  • Sharon Maclean

    way to go miss sherri

  • Nate

    “Sherry has broke her silence”? PLEASE, someone edit this stuff!!!!