Kate McCann breaks down in Spanish TV interview

Kate McCann breaks down in first TV interview since she was named a suspect

Marie Claire photos: Kate McCann
Marie Claire photos: Kate McCann

Kate McCann breaks down in first TV interview since she was named a suspect

KATE MCCANN YESTERDAY wept during a Spanish TV interview - and told how she still clings to the belief that missingMadeleine is still alive.

'As Madeleine's Mummy I feel in my heart that she is there. I don't know how anyone could harm anyone as beautiful as Madeleine,' she cried.

The 39-year-old broke down as she told of her emotional turmoil.

'I feel sad and I feel lonely and our life is not as happy without Madeleine and feel anxious she is not with us.'

Gerry and Kate gave their first TV interview to a Spanish channel instead of taking up offers from Hollywood heavyweights like Oprah Winfrey, because they have launched a new hotline targeting people in Spain, Portugal and North Africa in the search for their four-year-old daughter.

Both parents re-iterated the search for Madeleine is still on. 'Somebody knows something. It is not about us. It is about Madeleine,' Kate said.

'We have not even seen her since she was four. She needs our help. She needs her family.'

Mr McCann, also 39, added: 'We want people to try to help reunite our lovely four-year-old girl with her parents.'

And the couple maintained their innocence, stating they were confident they would be cleared of any involvement, adding that nothing could distress them as much as losing Madeleine.

'Nothing that has happened to us has come close to upsetting us the way Madeleine going missing did,' said Gerry.

'We have our own heartache and grief but we are absolutely determined to help in the search.'

Kate added: 'We know we are innocent, totally innocent. That is why we are calm. We know each other,' she said. 'There is no evidence DNA tests will show anything other than us being completely innocent...[but] it really is secondary. I will take anything that is thrown at me.'

Robert Arce, who interviewed the couple, said Kate seemed 'prostrate with pain', while Gerry was more positive with the launch of the huge search campaign that's just been put in place.

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