The hilarious Sheryl Underwood always adds a bright note to the table of hosts on The Talk.
Now she has revealed her life’s journey — that of being her sister’s caretaker along with her brother.
The pair shared on the show how they grew up in the 1950s and early 60s with each assigned caretaking duties of Frankie, their sister who cognitively stopped developing at 18 months old despite her body continuing through womanhood.
Michael was first up but when Frankie started going through puberty, Sheryl took over.
Sheryl continues to care for Frankie. Her brother Michael said that Underwood had to become an adult by age eight, and together they recounted their emotional journey since childhood helping her family to care for Frankie.
Sheryl said: “Mentally, she’s less than 18 months. She cannot read, write or talk. She’s a baby in an adult woman’s body…at 60-some years old. So that’s why we have to take care of her the way we take care of her. It became my joy, my duty.”
Sheryl says her drive to succeed in her career comes from her desire to be able to pay for her sister’s round-the-clock care.
She said: “That’s why I’m working so hard. It’s not for the vanity, it’s not for the notoriety. It’s to protect my sister.”
Also on The talk, the hosts gushed over Kofi Siriboe, star of the new OWN hit Queen Sugar, who was officially crowned as Hollywood’s newest sex symbol.
The Talk airs weekdays at 2pm ET, 1pm PT/CT on CBS.