Sherri Shepherd Opens Up About Divorce

Ten days after her husband, Lamar Sally, filed for legal separation, Sherri Shepherd filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” In addition to legal separation, Sally also is requesting custody of their unborn baby, who is due via surrogate later on this year.

Shepherd Mum About Divorce Until Recently

Until recently, The View co-host has not spoken about her marital or custodial issues. But she spoke up while in attendance at the 13th Annual Samsung Hope for Children Gala in New York City. “I know that you cannot grow without pain,” Shepherd said. “Growth is hard and growth is a struggle, and it hurts and you’ve got to go through that in order to grow or you stay the same. And also, I feel as long as you can get up and look up, you have another chance and another chance to make things right. Again, going through all my craziness, I hope that my character and my integrity speaks for me, so I stand behind that.”

Dating After Divorce

Shepherd, for the time being, is not looking to date again. “I may not be the best person to ask at this time about a guy,” she said with a laugh, “but check back with me in a year about that subject!” Yet she still believes in love, and is hopeful that her son with ex-husband, Jeff Tarpley, will find it one day too.

Focus on Son Jeffrey

Until romance finds her again, Shepherd’s focus will be on her 9-year-old son, Jeffrey. Her ex husband, Jeff Tarpley has recently brought up allegations of neglect and is requesting full custody of their son. He has claimed that Jeffrey, who is special needs, has suffered such neglect that he “can’t tie his own shoes, has poor hygiene and can hardly write.” While not directly responding to these allegations, Shepherd had this to say at the Gala, “I try to bring my son up to be a kind person. My son loves making people laugh and I think that will get a girl any day, any time. If you can make a woman laugh, that’s like gold, but I think being kind and being able to forgive [is most important]. You really have to be able to forgive and you have to be kind to one another.”

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