Months after the explosive fall-out between estranged couple Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally, their surrogate, who birthed the child who is now positioned at the center of the pair’s nasty divorce, is speaking out. In an exclusive interview with Inside Edition, which airs Thursday, January 29, Jessica Bartholomew slams the former “View” host for walking out on her child.
Bartholomew explains that although she was connected with the couple through a surrogate agency, she is listed on the child’s birth certificate as a “noncustodial parent.” Because of this, she says that she is also being pursued for child support. Apparently, Sally applied for Medi-Cal, which is a state program that provides free or low-cost health insurance, to assist with medical costs relating to a health condition plaguing the infant. This resulted in the state of California going after Bartholomew for child support.
“It’s affected me a lot. I am now listed as a noncustodial parent in California. I have a child support case coming against me now.”
She adds that she’s especially upset with Shepherd because she’s left a ton of responsibilities in the wake of her departure.
“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.”
According to Bartholomew’s version of events, Shepherd didn’t even inform her that she and Sally would be divorcing.
“I am angry with Sherri because she never once contacted me to tell me what was happening. It was kind of like I was left out in the cold.”
Prior to the split, Jessica says that Sherri seemed very excited about the baby’s upcoming birth.
“She would call up and check on me during the pregnancy in the beginning. At the 20 week appointment, she seemed very excited. She was going to see the baby for the first time…I didn’t see any warning signs right away.”
When asked what she would say to Sherri if she could sit down with her, Bartholomew had this to say:
“I would ask Sherri why she did what she did – if she thought it was okay to do something like that…I just don’t understand how she can act like this baby is nonexistent. It just blows my mind.”
So far, Sherri’s reps have not returned our request for comment.
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