For Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally, a breakup may turn into a battleground: “The View” host has filed her own divorce papers with a New Jersey court, and there appears to be a custody issue brewing, even though the couple have no children yet.
Word emerged Friday that Sally had filed documents ending their marriage of nearly three years. Turns out he’d actually filed for legal separation, which will be converted to a petition for divorce once he hits California’s three-month residency requirement, TMZ said Monday.
In her subsequent filing, Shepherd requested that their prenuptial agreement be enforced but made no mention of a child she and Sally are supposedly having together via a surrogate, UPI reported.
In contrast, Sally reportedly told the court he wants full legal and physical custody of the unborn baby boy, allowing Shepherd only visitation, and asked that the prenup be voided because of fraud.
The couple, introduced in 2009 by Shepherd pal Niecy Nash’s then-fiance and now-husband, Jay Tucker, got married in August 2011.
The comic and TV host has remained mum about the split on “The View” but on Monday afternoon retweeted a quote she’d been flagged to: “I know that for me I have to get out of the way and let God take control,” it said.
Even those close to her were surprised by the breakup and baby news, People reported Saturday.
“She is such a pro,” a source told the magazine. “She came to work all week and nobody knew that anything was going on. Nobody knew that she was even expecting with the surrogate."
The child, to be named Lamar Sally Jr., is due in July.
Though no reason for the divorce has bubbled up outside of “irreconcilable differences,” Shepherd has previously denied an allegation of cheating — on “Dancing With the Stars.” Though she was partnered in 2012 with Val Chmerkovskiy, it was reported that she’d taken dance lessons with Val’s brother Maksim for months before the competition. She flatly denied those allegations.