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The answer is from Steve Perry himself on his website.

"It was in June, it's been about a year and a half. She and I were kind of in and out, but by the time 1985 hit, it was history. That's why I say 1985 was a difficult year for more than the three reasons, because I was going through the emotional stress with my mother, wishing that Sherrie was there. We were good for each other, but not right for each other and then, again, not good for each other but right for each other. I know that's hard to explain, but it's very easy to be truly in love with someone but not be able to work it out. It happens every day, but it really had never happened to me. I never really and truly, from the bottom of my heart, fell in love with someone like I did with Sherrie, and I believe that the same goes from her side... and it always will. I think that when you do love someone, you never stop loving them, you just have to deal with it. That's rough. It's just something that you have to face, and it's maybe just not the right time or maybe it's just not right at all. But the hardest part is that, once you do fall in love with someone, you're there... and if you pull out, then you never really were in love with them. That's what I think personally for myself at least. And it makes it very difficult because I deal with it on a daily basis. Not one day goes by that I'm not thinking baout her or wishing that I could see her, but all the while knowing that seeing her isn't the best thing for her or me because it just stirs up some complex emotions that I'm just not wanting to look at right now. It's very difficult, so I would just want to add that Sherrie was a very special lady for me and she meant an awful lot to me and ... (pause) it just didn't work out for us. "

1/14/11 I have seen interviews and read (Fan Asylum) where Steve says that he does not have a website nor is associated with a website. Any websites regarding him do not have his personal input!

From Fan Asylum:

June 21, 2007
Hello everyone. This is Steve Perry. As you are aware I have yet to launch my own web site and Fan Asylum is still the only credible site for official statements from me. Once again they have kindly allowed me to post this statement. It has been brought to my attention that there is a rumor circulating that I am reuniting with Journey. I want to go on record as saying that I have no such plans whatsoever to do that. What you have heard is only a rumor. I'm truly sorry for any disappointment this rumor may be causing.
I also would like to say that your faithfulness continues to warm my heart.
Thank you so very much,
Steve Perry

May 12, 2009
I am posting this statement on fanasylum.com for it's the only site I post my official statements.

Today I was made aware that there was an attempt to perpetrate a hoax on my most faithful fans.
It has been brought to my attention that there was an announcement of a show that I was supposedly to perform at in Hawaii.
This is absolutely a hoax and should be treated as such.
It has also been brought to my attention that several news sites are reporting that my management had cancelled the supposed performance. There were never any plans for any such performance made by me or anyone authorized by me. This is the first we have heard of this.
I'm only posting this out of concern for my faithful fans.
I encourage all news sites to post this statement, with the hope it will clarify the confusion brought about by this hoax.
I simply wanted you to know the truth.
Steve Perry
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