Above: Lonley [sic] Kate and Gerry
Torment as Kate's sobs halt interview four times.
broke down sobbing during her first TV interview as a suspect in
her daughter Madeleine's disappearance.
And she had
to halt filming four times. The GP - who has been slammed by
some for being 'so cool' after her daughter vanished - wept
uncontrollably as she told how her life has been ripped apart.
stunned Spanish telly journalist Roberto Arce, who described her
as "prostrate with pain". He had to stop filming as Kate
dissolved into floods of tears at almost every mention of
Madeleine's name. Then she and heart surgeon husband Gerry, both
39, told the TV crew "No more - we can't take any more."
vanished from the couple's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz,
Portugal, on May 3rd, two days before her 4th birthday. The
McCanns agreed to give the interview to launch a fresh hunt for
her in Spain, where their own private investigators believe she
is being held. But the interview - at a friend's home in the
north-west of England - left Kate "in pieces".
"I feel sad and I feel lonely and our life is not as
in floods of tears after saying: "I feel sad and I feel lonely
and our life is not as happy without Madeleine. I feel anxious
she is not with us.
"We have not
even seen her since she was four. She needs our help. She needs
interview resumed, more tears flowed as she went on: "I think
she is possibly being held by someone in their house.
Madeleine's mummy I feel in my heart that she is out there. I do
not know why anyone could harm her.
"I don't know
how anyone could harm anyone as beautiful as Madeleine. I don't
mean her appearance - I mean as a beautiful person." Fighting to
contain her emotions she said two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie
constantly asked about their missing sister. "Madeleine was very
much a big part of their life."
"They are not upset and they are not distressed but they are
very much aware that she is not there. Amelie said: "Madeleine
is coming home to my lovely house and I am going to share my
toys with her."
down again when asked about the last time she saw her daughter.
She said: "She was very happy and very loving and I know
Madeleine was very happy with her life. She is special."
his last sight of Madeleine, when he nipped away from the tapas
bar to check on her at 9.05pm, Gerry said: "I was the last to
see her. "I thought how beautiful she was and how lucky I was
the be the father of three children.
We think of her all the time - think of the good times we had in
our house." In the end the emotionally drained couple called a
halt to the questioning. They had spurned offers from
heavyweight broadcasters like Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters,
to talk to tiny Spanish channel Antena 3.
to target viewers across southern Spain and Portugal and North
Africa. Their investigators have also set up a Spanish telephone
hotline for anyone with information.
Kate said: "I
strongly believe Madeleine is out there. Somebody knows
something. It is not about us. It is about Madeleine." She said
she is "100% sure" she and her husband will be cleared. Police
are due to travel to England to re-interview them and their
friends in the next few days.
"I will take anything thrown at me. We know we are innocent. All
that matters is getting our daughter back."
"We have our own heartache and grief but we are absolutely
determined to help in the search for Madeleine.
will ensure we will be eliminated from this inquiry." The couple
refused to discuss DNA allegedly found in their apartment and
hire car - which led to them being made suspects.
declared: "We are certainly not scared. There is no evidence DNA
tests will show anything other than us being completely
innocent." A family source who witnessed the interview said: "It
is the worst I have ever seen them. Kate, especially, got very
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