Sherri Shepherd has been blasted this week in the media for refusing to provide a cent for the surrogate child she agreed to have with her ex-husband, Lamar Sally. It’s been reported that Jessica Bartholomew, the woman hired to have the child, is highly disappointed that Sheri has not provided for the baby, which was made with her ex-husband Lamar’s seed.
“I don’t understand how she can do that and act like this baby is non-existent,” Jessica told Inside Edition in an exclusive sit-down. “It just blows my mind.”
Jessica says that she chose to have the baby for the couple to help them because Sherri is infertile. She was also paid to do the job. With Shepherd earning approximately $1.5 million per year from her appearance on “The View,” some expected that Jessica would receive a handsome payment for the use of her womb. But the amount is not nearly as much as some might expect.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Bartholomew was only paid $25,000 to carry the child for the couple. To put it into context, that was less than a week’s pay for Shepherd when she was on the show. Shepherd has a net worth of more than $10 millio dollars, leading some to believe that the surrogate she signed up for should not be receiving public assistance.
Jessica says that she was matched up with the couple through an agency that helps celebrities find surrogates. She also says that she signed a 23-page contract with Lamar and Sherri in 2013 and didn’t meet the couple until the embryo was put inside her uterus in November, 2013. Jessica claims she was told that the egg donor was a “tall, athletic, African American woman, so the genes are likely top-notch. None of those genes belong to Shepherd, which might form the basis of her decision not to provide for the baby.
Jessica says that, before abandoning the agreement, Shepherd called Jessica twice to ask what she was eating. She also came to an ultrasound 20 weeks into the pregnancy. It wasn’t long after the ultrasound that Jessica says that Sherri decided she wanted nothing to do with the baby. Jessica says that she was forced to put her name on the birth certificate, since no other mother was present at the child’s birth.
“I do get medical bills for [the baby],” Jessica says. “I am now listed as a non-custodial parent in California. I have a child support case coming against me.”
Speaking on the issue on the Wendy Williams Show, Shepherd said, “I have a lot of lawyers and I’m in court right now and it’s very public and very painful.”
Maybe the Financial Lovemaking lesson to this story is that you should be very careful about putting a dollar value on human life. Also, having a child solely conditional upon the success of your relationship is a very, very bad idea. Things change, but the baby will still need to be fed.