Sherri Shepherd opened up about the surrogacy custody battle that took place this year, in a new interview on Thursday.

Sherri Shepherd Speaks About Custody Battle

Shepherd was ruled the legal mother of a baby born to her and ex-husband Lamar Sally through surrogacy in April — after a long custody battle with the baby’s carrier.

The View star still has difficulty dealing with the drama that surrounded her child, but decided to finally reveal her feelings on the matter.

“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. “There are consequences to everything, but I was scared to say, ‘That’s not going to work for me. I don’t want that.'”


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Shepherd and Sally married in 2011 and chose to start a family via surrogacy, using Sally’s sperm and a donor egg. But, before the baby’s birth the former couple was trapped in a legal battle over financial responsibility of the child.

While a Pennsylvania judge ruled Shepherd would be the child’s legal mother, the comedian will attempt to appeal the ruling.

“I am appealing the ruling that happened and he gets his settlement every month,” Shepherd said of her ex-husband.

“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,” Shepherd added.

Despite all the problems and the pain she had to face, Shepherd remains positive about moving on with her life.

“I’m the type of person I feel like as long as you can get up, you have another chance,” Shepherd admitted. “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.”

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