Kate and Gerry McCann have given a moving interview to BBC’s Fiona Bruce on the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine almost ten years ago. Little Maddie McCann went missing from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on 3 May, 2007, and despite a huge worldwide search, she is yet to be found. Maddie, who was three at the time would now be 13 years old. Mum Kate told Fiona: “My hope of Madeleine being out there is no less than it was ten years ago.”
Speaking about the ten year anniversary of the day Maddie went missing, Kate told the newsreader: “I never thought we’d still be in this situation after so along the line. It’s a huge amount of time. It some ways it feels as though it was a few weeks ago, at other times it’s felt really long.” Gerry said that the family would never give up on finding Maddie, as police enquiries continue into her disappearance. The dad said: “No parent is going to give up on their child unless they know for certain their child is dead. We just don’t have any evidence.”
Fiona asked the couple how different their life is now. Gerry told her: “Before Madeleine was taken we felt we’d managed to achieve a perfect nuclear family of five. We had that for a short period of time. It’s almost the same as if your child becomes seriously unwell or has died.” Gerry continued, “You have to adapt and you have a new normality and unfortunately for us a new normality at the minute is a family of four.” Kate explained: “Both of us realised that we’ve owed it to the twins to make sure that their life is as fulfilling as they deserve and we’ve certainly tried our best to achieve that.”
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Fiona asked if Kate still buys presents for Madeleine for special occasions. Kate said “Yes I do. I have to think about what age she is and something that whenever we find her, will still be appropriate. A lot of thought goes into it. I couldn’t not. She’s still our daughter. She’ll always be our daughter.” The couple also addressed continuing negative reports and accusations on social media, saying: “Social media has got huge pros but huge cons. On the downside, I guess we protect ourselves. We don’t go there to be honest. We are aware of things that get said because people alert us to it. Our worry is for our children.”
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Recently, Kate and Gerry posted a heart-breaking update about the search on the 'FindMadeleine' website. Promising that they will "never give up" searching for their daughter, who would now be 13 years old, they wrote: "Ten years- there's no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it. I remember when Madeleine first disappeared I couldn’t even begin to consider anything in terms of years... And now here we are... Madeleine, our Madeleine - ten years. Most days are similar to the rest - another day. May 3rd 2017 - another day. But ten years - a horrible marker of time, stolen time."