Sherri Shepherd‘s surrogate is finally breaking her silence — and claims she is being slapped with child support payments to help pay for a child who is not biologically hers.
When Jessica Bartholomew, 23, was contracted via a surrogacy agency to carry a baby — who was born last August — for ‘The View’ alum, 47, and her second husband, Lamar Sally, she said Sherri was “very excited” about the pregnancy.
But things took a sharp turn for the worse when the TV personality filed for divorce from Lamar in May 2014.
Jessica on ‘Inside Edition’ on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.
Though the couple allegedly had a clear agreement to raise the baby — who was created using his sperm and another woman’s egg — together, Sherri reportedly decided she did not want to be part of her unborn son’s life once the pair split. And now Bartholomew says the TV personality is refusing to pay child support to her estranged husband, who has full custody of the child.
“I am now listed as a noncustodial parent in California. I have a child support case coming against me now,” Jessica said in a new interview.
Due to Sherri’s alleged refusal to be present at the baby’s birth, Jessica’s name was written down as the child’s mother on the birth certificate, she explained.
Sherri allegedly claimed Lamar defrauded her by getting her to sign surrogacy papers knowing they were getting divorced in order to secure child support.
Sherri with Lamar in June 2013.
During her pregnancy, the gestational carrier said while she was informed Sherri and Lamar had decided to divorce, she was not told the actress wanted out of the surrogacy agreement.
“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,” Jessica said.
“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,” told ‘Inside Edition.’
Sherri, who has struggled with infertility in the past, is already mom to son Jeffrey, 9, with ex-husband Jeff Tarpley.
To see Jessica’s full interview, tune in to ‘Inside Edition’ on Thursday, Jan. 29. Check your local listings for the appropriate time and channel.