Sherri Shepherd is a successful comedian, actress, author and talk show host ... but being the mother of a one-year-old is not a title she has any interest in holding.
In April, a judge ruled Sherri was the legal mother of the surrogate child she and her ex-husband Lamar Sally agreed to have prior to splitting in May 2014. While the child - Lamar Jr. - was born three months later, none of Sherri's DNA was used in the surrogacy process.
The 48-year-old is now opening up about the contentious battle with her ex over financial responsibility for the child by telling People:
"I am appealing the ruling that happened and he gets his settlement every month. He's happy. There nothing I can do. It's out of my hands. You move on and I have a son. I have to take care of him so everything is good."
The son she is taking care of is Jeffrey, her 10-year-old with ex-husband Jeffrey Tarpley.
Sherri also hinted that fear of Lamar leaving her may have been what motivated her to initially agree to go through with the surrogacy using his sperm and a donor egg.
"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," adding, "There are consequences to everything, but I was scared to say, 'That's not going to work for me. I don't want that.'"
While she may not want to be a new baby mama again, one thing she is going to repeat is co-hosting The View next season - which is contributing to her positive outlook.
"I'm the type of person I feel like as long as you can get up, you have another chance. I've gone through stuff a nasty divorce, nasty custody battle but for me, I get up and I smile. I go through it and I make it through."