Why are Madeleine McCann’s parents Kate and Gerry under fire again?

Jodie Marsh, Kerry Needham

by Mel Fallowfield/ Siam Goorwich |
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Last week, Jodie Marsh hit headlines after criticising Madeleine McCann's parents Kate and Gerry. In this week's Closer Magazine (on sale NOW) she goes head-to-head with Kerry Needham, whose son Ben went missing in 1991. Here is an extract from the full magazine feature...

Almost a decade after three-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugale in 2007, her parents - Gerry and Kate McCann - have launched a new legal battle against a Portuguese police chief who claimed they were involved in their daughter's disappearance.

The move prompted criticism on Twitter from former glamour model Jodie Marsh. Here she states her case, while Kerry Needham - whose 21-month-old son Ben vanished from Kos in 1991 - explains why she is wrong and reveals the pain of a missing child...

READ MORE | Madeleine McCann timeline: A decade since her disappearance

Jodie Marsh: "I would be digging up the earth with my bare hands"

Jodie Marsh
Jodie Marsh stands by her criticisms of the McCanns (Credit: Jodie Marsh/ Instagram) ©Jodie Marsh/ Instagram

Reality TV star Jodie Marsh, 38, doesn't understand why the McCanns are suiting and not using that money to find Madeleine.

She exclusively told Closer magazine: "I Tweeted about the McCanns because it's something I feel so strongly about. I've never understood how the couple - especially Kate - managed to appear so calm and controlled.

"I couldn't leave the country where my child had disappeared. I couldn't do anything but look for her. I certainly wouldn't care about what people were saying about me."

READ MORE: Kerry Needham: ‘I thought I’d found Ben – it's devastating’

Kerry Needham: "Until you've been there, you have NO idea!"

Kerry Needham
Kerry Needham doesn't think Jodie has the right to judge the McCanns (Credit: Closer) ©Closer

Kerry Needham, 44, whose son Ben went missing in 1991, hit back at Jodie explaining why she believes the McCanns' are right to clear their names.

She exclusively told Closer magazine: "Jodie Marsh has no idea how she would react to this situation - she's not even a mother, let alone the mother of a missing child. Nobody has a clue what they'd do until they're thrown into a situation with the nightmare of having a child go missing.

"I know what it's like to live with the pain of wondering whether you will ever see your child again - every day is a battle. Jodie doesn't have the right to judge."

You can read the full feature in this week's Closer magazine, on sale NOW!

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