Woman who claimed to be Madeleine McCann reacts to DNA test results

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By Asiya Ali

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The woman who claimed that she believed she was the missing British girl Madeleine McCann is not pleased with her DNA test results.

Last month, a 21-year-old Polish woman named Julia sparked interest on social media after creating an Instagram account - which amassed millions of followers before being shut down - where she made bold claims about herself and the missing girl.

On May 3, 2007, three-year-old Madeleine mysteriously disappeared from a vacation apartment in Portugal while her parents, Kate, and Gerry McCann, were at a nearby restaurant.

The case gripped the entire world, with Portuguese and British law enforcement setting up expansive search parties and several appeals in the following years. However, there has been no trace of Maddie's whereabouts.

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Kate McCann launched a book about her daughter Madeleine's disappearance. Credit: Cliff Hide News / Alamy

Julia traveled to the US for "safety" from online death threats and submitted samples for three separate forensic tests to establish her DNA sequence with the help of Dr. Fia Johansson - a private investigator and self-professed psychic.

She also made her first TV appearance with Dr. Phil, where she discussed her resemblance to the missing child, as well as her mother's alleged refusal to discuss her childhood.

During her interview, she was questioned about her parents, especially her mother as Dr. Phil asked: "Your mother - the people that raised you - maintains that she is your biological mother, that she gave birth to you, right?"

"She said, yes. My mother, when I asked her for DNA [test] - before this whole situation - when I asked her for some pictures from her pregnancy, some childhood pictures, like me at three or four, she refused and didn't want to," Julia answered.

This week, DNA test results revealed the truth everyone was waiting for - Julia is not Madeleine McCann.

In a post shared on her Instagram, Dr. Johansson - who has acted as the Polish woman's spokesperson - disclosed that the young woman does not have "any connection to British or even German roots".

Now, the private investigator has spoken with The Sun about how Julia reacted to her results and revealed that initially, she was not convinced that it was factual but has since come to terms with them.

"At first she didn’t want to believe the DNA results, she was saying 'What if someone changed the results?' but I told her, 'Stop this now,'" Dr. Johansson said. "I can understand as a psychologist why she didn’t want to believe her mother is her real mother.

"But I told her - she must stop this fixation now that she is Madeleine McCann and accept the result of the DNA test and start to move on with her life. She accepts this now but she has been struggling to come to terms with it.

"I made sure that it was safe for her to return to Poland and I've spoken to her father who has said he will make sure she is supported and looked after and receives the health treatment she needs," Dr. Johansson concluded.

As for her next steps, the medium said Julia did an emotional interview about her supposedly troubled childhood. However, a release date has not been stated.

Meanwhile, representatives of the McCann family recently addressed Julia's DNA test results on Facebook and wrote: "There isn’t anything to report at this time. If and when there is, it will come from The Metropolitan Police."

Featured image credit: James Boardman Archive / Alamy

Woman who claimed to be Madeleine McCann reacts to DNA test results

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

The woman who claimed that she believed she was the missing British girl Madeleine McCann is not pleased with her DNA test results.

Last month, a 21-year-old Polish woman named Julia sparked interest on social media after creating an Instagram account - which amassed millions of followers before being shut down - where she made bold claims about herself and the missing girl.

On May 3, 2007, three-year-old Madeleine mysteriously disappeared from a vacation apartment in Portugal while her parents, Kate, and Gerry McCann, were at a nearby restaurant.

The case gripped the entire world, with Portuguese and British law enforcement setting up expansive search parties and several appeals in the following years. However, there has been no trace of Maddie's whereabouts.

wp-image-1263205133 size-full
Kate McCann launched a book about her daughter Madeleine's disappearance. Credit: Cliff Hide News / Alamy

Julia traveled to the US for "safety" from online death threats and submitted samples for three separate forensic tests to establish her DNA sequence with the help of Dr. Fia Johansson - a private investigator and self-professed psychic.

She also made her first TV appearance with Dr. Phil, where she discussed her resemblance to the missing child, as well as her mother's alleged refusal to discuss her childhood.

During her interview, she was questioned about her parents, especially her mother as Dr. Phil asked: "Your mother - the people that raised you - maintains that she is your biological mother, that she gave birth to you, right?"

"She said, yes. My mother, when I asked her for DNA [test] - before this whole situation - when I asked her for some pictures from her pregnancy, some childhood pictures, like me at three or four, she refused and didn't want to," Julia answered.

This week, DNA test results revealed the truth everyone was waiting for - Julia is not Madeleine McCann.

In a post shared on her Instagram, Dr. Johansson - who has acted as the Polish woman's spokesperson - disclosed that the young woman does not have "any connection to British or even German roots".

Now, the private investigator has spoken with The Sun about how Julia reacted to her results and revealed that initially, she was not convinced that it was factual but has since come to terms with them.

"At first she didn’t want to believe the DNA results, she was saying 'What if someone changed the results?' but I told her, 'Stop this now,'" Dr. Johansson said. "I can understand as a psychologist why she didn’t want to believe her mother is her real mother.

"But I told her - she must stop this fixation now that she is Madeleine McCann and accept the result of the DNA test and start to move on with her life. She accepts this now but she has been struggling to come to terms with it.

"I made sure that it was safe for her to return to Poland and I've spoken to her father who has said he will make sure she is supported and looked after and receives the health treatment she needs," Dr. Johansson concluded.

As for her next steps, the medium said Julia did an emotional interview about her supposedly troubled childhood. However, a release date has not been stated.

Meanwhile, representatives of the McCann family recently addressed Julia's DNA test results on Facebook and wrote: "There isn’t anything to report at this time. If and when there is, it will come from The Metropolitan Police."

Featured image credit: James Boardman Archive / Alamy