Over five months since giving birth to a baby boy in Pennsylvania, Sherri Shepherd’s surrogate, Jessica Bartholomew, has finally broken her silence on the much-publicized bitter public battle between the former “The View” cohost and her ex-husband Lamar Sally.
Bartholomew recently sat down for an exclusive interview with “Inside Edition” where she shared her thoughts on Shepherd’s absence in the infant’s life.
“I just don't understand how she can do that and act like this baby is non-existent,” the 32-year-old mother of two said during the interview. “It just blows my mind… She's a hard-working mom. She is dedicated to her son that she has now, so, you have to be dedicated to the other son."
Shepherd’s involvement in the life of her surrogate son, Lamar Jr., was also highlighted during a November 2014 segment on the syndicated entertainment show, in which Sally revealed an alleged settlement offer by his ex-wife.
“She offered me a settlement of $150,000, but it was not to have her name on the birth certificate. I can’t do that to my son,” he said before denying reports that he’s a “gold digger.”
“There’s no amount of money to ease my worry about my son. If she would just do the right thing and we co-parent... That’s all I want.”
Shepherd’s absence during the birth of Lamar Jr. resulted in Bartholomew’s name listed on the birth certificate as his mother, which has impacted her financially.
“It’s affected me a lot. I am now listed as a noncustodial parent in California,” Bartholomew admitted. “I have a child support case coming against me now.”
“Because [Shepherd] doesn’t want to be a part of the baby’s life, I have to pick up all the slack with my name being on the birth certificate, a noncustodial parent, medical bills. I’m still considered the mother of a child that’s not mine.”
Check out more of Jessica Bartholomew’s “Inside Edition” interview in the clip above.