Sherri Shepherd Breaks Silence After Filing for Divorce: "Can't Beat Yourself Up," "Try Not to Make the Same Mistake"

Celebrity News Jun. 11, 2014 AT 12:32PM
Sherri Shepherd at the Samsung Hope For Children Gala 2014 Sherri Shepherd opened up to Us Weekly after filing for divorce from her husband last month, doling out advice like: "You can't beat yourself up." Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Samsung

Sherri Shepherd is moving on. The View co-host, who abruptly filed for divorce from husband Lamar Sally last month—months before the birth of their child via surrogate—broke her silence about her recent struggles while speaking with Us Weekly at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala in NYC, on Tuesday, June 10.

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"I say you can't beat yourself up," Shepherd told Us, "when you know you've made the wrong choice in a guy…" She explained, "You look, you do some introspective work, and you try not to make the same mistake."

She continued: "If you do, get back up, dust your feet off, and start walking and moving forward." Shepherd filed for divorce from her husband of nearly three years on May 2. The mother of 8-year-old son Jeffrey (whom she shares with first husband Jeff Tarpley) also asked for full legal and physical custody of her yet-to-be-born baby in the divorce filing. The baby is due this summer.

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The TV personality, 47, also doled out advice on how she's currently coping with the split. "Have really good friends around you, so you have a soft landing place," she told Us. "I have really amazing friends." Shepherd, who counts former View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck as one of her close pals, said that her loved ones keep her in check on social media. "I have a lot of really wonderful friends [who] say 'erase that!'"

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At the end of the day, Shepherd explained. "I hope that my character and my integrity will scream louder," she told Us. "There’s always someone worse off than you," she said of her perspective in life. "You have to really sit down and be thankful for the things that you have."

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Eventually, everything will be okay, she added. "When the dust settles, you figure out what went wrong—but as long as you're alive and you can breathe, you [can] get up and keep going. For me, my child can't afford to see Mommy having a nervous breakdown. It's not in the cards."

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