During a recent interview with People magazine, “The View” co-host said she is holding up just fine. “I’m a Chicago girl – I’m a fighter; I’m a survivor,” she declared. “And all the stuff in the media? You hope that your character and integrity will scream louder than what you can say. So I stand behind my character and integrity. You can’t hold me down – I’m a wonderful mama.”
She went on to detail the double standard society has against working mothers. “Do I think there’s a double standard? I don’t know – yes, I do. With working moms, you’ve got to deal with the guilt of having to raise a child and having to explain to your child that Mommy has to work to pay the bills, and you hope that one day when your child gets of the age, they will look up and say, ‘My mom did the best job she could do for me,’ ” Shepherd said.
As far as her divorce from estranged husband Lamar “Sal” Sally, the TV personality said “there’s always someone worse off than you.” “I say you can’t beat yourself up,” she told Us Weekly, “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.”
“You have to really sit down and be thankful for the things that you have,” she added. “If you do, get back up, dust your feet off, and start walking and moving forward.”
Shepherd went on to say that her friends have been a great support during this difficult time. “I have really amazing friends,” she shared. “Have really good friends around you, so you have a soft landing place,” she advised to other people coping with a split. “I have a lot of really wonderful friends [who] say ‘erase that!'”
Check Out This Gallery
1. Will & Jada Pinket Smith
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been the beacon for Black love since their union in 2007. However, recent rumors suggest the couple are headed for divorce. Jada added fuel to the fire when she released the visuals to her Wicked Wisdom song "Stuck," showing her depressingly gazing at her wedding ring falling to the ground. Will and Jada aren't the only married couple allegedly on the rocks, click through for more...
2. Kris & Bruce Jenner
Kim K's mom Kris and her step father Bruce Jenner have been open about their separation but either of the two have yet to pull the trigger. "We're just separated," Jenner told Kathie Lee Gifford. "We are better people and happier just spending time apart than we are spending time together. It's just what we need to do right now." They were spotted together at his 64th birthday party and are said to be friends.
3. Denzel & Paulette Washington
Divorce rumors seem to follow Denzel and Pauletta Washington but the duo have withstood the controversy and proved that their bond is still strong after 30 years. "There is no magical mystery to [staying together]. We go through ups and downs like any couple," Denzel told Ebony Magazine. We adore them and the confidence Pauletta has to hold her high with such a lusted-after man.
4. Keyshia & Bobby Johnson
Singer Keyshia Cole and husband Booby Johnson are in the midst of a tumultous time in their marriage and social media is a witness to it all. However, the couple are still together despite divorce rumors.
5. Nick & Mariah
It's been 107 days since Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey have been photo'd together thus fueling rumors that their relationship is a goner. According to Radar Online, the couple have been very distance. Cannon walked the carpet of the TeenNick Halo Awards by himself while Mariah was across town. Apparently they're just on different schedules because it doesn't look like a divorce is in sight.
6. Khloe & Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom's drug addiction proved detrimental to his relationship, but Khloe made it clear that she would not be leaving her husband. Odom was allegedly living with Bruce while they were separated but the lovers are still together.
7. Phaedra & Apollo
"Real Housewives Of Atlanta" star Phaedra is constantly involved in controversy surrounding her fine husband Apollo. If it isn't his inappropriate interactions with Kenya there are rumors swirling about him cheating with whoever will sleep with him. Even though we think he's a dog (based on what we've seen) the couple are together and raising their two children.
8. Beyonce & Jay Z
Another day, another BeyJay rumor. According to reports, Beyonce and Jay Z are contemplating a "trial separation" because Beyonce wants to spend more time with her hubby after their tours added unneeded stress onto their relationship. However, these are just rumors (for now). According to reports, Bey allegedly does want more time with her hubby but that doesn't mean they're headed for divorce.
9. Taye Diggs & Wife Idina Menzel
"The Best man Holiday" star Taye Diggs has a long history of cheating scandals and his wife Idina is fed up with him stepping out on her. The couple are currently separated but no divorce papers have been filed (just yet, anyways)!