When Jessica Bartholomew agreed to be the surrogate mother for Sherri Shepherd and then husband Lamar Sally it was out of her belief that the couple were deeply in love and wanted a baby to make their family complete because Sherri could not have a child of her own.
That wasn’t the case, and now Jessica, 33, in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online, says she is furious with Sherri for betraying her, and more importantly, little baby boy, Lamar Jr., who is known as ‘LJ’, who turned one-year-old last month and is being raised by Lamar as a single parent.
‘I will never help another mother have a baby,’ an angry Jessica told Daily Mail Online.
‘Sherri put me and my family through so much emotionally and almost ruined me financially so I will never trust anyone to go through that again.
‘I wanted to help her because she couldn’t have a child of her own and it was supposed to be a beautiful thing. But it turned out to be a nightmare.’
Sherri, who has returned to The View as a lead contributor this season, has admitted that she wanted to have a baby not out of love – but to save her dying marriage.
‘My situation was a sense of, I didn’t state what I needed and what I wanted and what I didn’t want for being scared of somebody leaving the relationship,’ she told People magazine last month.
‘There are consequences to everything, but I was scared to say, “That’s not going to work for me. I don’t want that.”‘
However, the mother who had her child said that she knew nothing of Sherri’s position at the time.
‘If I had known this was Sherri’s attempt to save her marriage,’ says Jessica, ‘there is no way I would have agreed to this surrogacy. Since when has a baby saved a marriage? Never.’
Jessica explained prior to Sherri and Lamar she was a surrogate for another couple with twins and she loved it so she was eager to help another family.
Jessica went back to the same agency she used before and after being selected she had a telephone conference call with the agency, Lamar and Sherri.
Source: Daily Mail UK