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Girl Who Claimed She Was Madeleine McCann Makes Shock Confession After One Year

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Girl Who Claimed She Was Madeleine McCann Makes Shock Confession After One Year

The young woman who, last year, became viral after going missing and declaring to be Now that she has acknowledged her mistake, Madeleine McCann maintains that she “never meant to hurt anyone.”

Throughout the first half of 2023, Julia Wandelt stated her strong belief that she was Madeleine, who had been missing since she vanished in 2007 while on a family vacation in Portugal at the age of three.

Because of how closely her accusations were investigated, Julia, a Polish woman, rose to prominence despite her modest background. Online, opinions remained split, with many swarming to the “@iammadeleinemccan” Instagram account she created to either confirm or deny her assertions.

Even though Julia insisted she was Madeleine on several occasions, a DNA test on the well-known American TV program Dr. Phil conclusively proved she wasn’t.

Julia’s many critics harshly condemned her during her ascent to “fame.” The world was captivated by the Madeleine McCann case, which has never been solved and has given rise to numerous ideas about what really transpired.

Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine’s parents, have long insisted that she was kidnapped when they left her and her siblings alone at their vacation rental in Praia da Luz, Portugal, so they could go to a nearby restaurant for dinner.

However, Julia first came to light at the beginning of the year, claiming to be Madeleine and providing “proof” in the form of social media posts that showed off the physical similarities between Madeleine and herself.

Julia fell into relative obscurity after the aforementioned DNA test, but she recently spoke out on the BBC’s Why Do You Hate Me? series. She expressed her “regret” at making the dramatic statements during her visit.

In therapy, Julia revealed, she became aware of how fragmented her early memories were, which made her question whether or not she had been adopted. However, her family members rejected her allegations when she questioned them, so Julia started searching missing people websites.

“I never meant to hurt anyone – including [the] McCanns,” Julia explained. “I really wanted to know who I am.”

If she had the chance to do it over again, she said, things would have turned out differently. “I would never go on social media. It can destroy you.”

As of this writing, Christian Brueckner, a German prisoner serving a sentence for rape, is the main suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.


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