The Polish woman who is convinced she is Madeleine McCann has rejected her parents’ statements that she had taken her birth certificate and childhood pictures to obscure the fact that she isn’t actually the missing British child.
On Monday, 21-year-old Julia Faustyna made a persuasive assertion on the “Dr. Phil” show that she is in fact Madeleine, who vanished as a 3-year-old during her family’s 2007 holiday trip, despite vehement rebuttals from her parents who accuse her of “lies and manipulation.”
“I believe I am Madeleine McCann,” she stated.
During a statement broadcasted on Dr. Phil’s show, Faustyna’s parents – who strongly maintain that they are her real relatives- asserted it was “obvious that Julia isn’t Maddie.”
“For us as a family it is obvious Julia is our daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and step niece. We have memories, we have pictures,” they stated.
“Julia also has these photos because she took them from the family home with the birth certificate, as well as numerous hospital discharges.”
When probed about her parents’ claims, Faustyna responded: “I never saw my birth certificate and I didn’t take pictures.”
Faustyna asserted her Madeleine story on Instagram and TikTok, claiming that she has no recollection of seeing a single photo of her mother expecting or any childhood memories.
She confessed to Dr. Phil that her mother would always dodge the topic whenever she asked questions about her lineage or birth.
Faustyna mentioned that the initial six pages of her child health book, which is distributed to every baby born in Poland, were inexplicably left blank.
Fia Johansson, a private investigator, and medium partnering with Faustyna informed Dr. Phil on their journey to the hospital where the woman’s mother declared she gave birth– yet they could not find any proof.
“We didn’t find anything and they said ‘we don’t have any here’. So we went to another hospital they said the same thing; ‘we don’t have any here’. So we go to the third one and they said ‘we don’t have any’,” Johansson stated.
Faustyna, also called Julia Wendell or Julia Wandelt in some documents, is eagerly awaiting her ancestry and DNA results to authenticate who she really is.
When asked what she would do if the results showed she wasn’t Madeleine, Faustyna expressed that she did not want any contact with her Polish family.
“If she is my mother, I don’t want to have contact with her that’s all, but I believe she isn’t my mother,” she stated.
As Faustyna has ardently claimed on social media since earlier this year, the physical similarities she shares with Madeleine are quite remarkable – particularly the brown smudge that appears near both girls’ right eyes. She is determined to use these resemblances as evidence of her case.
Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of Madeleine have yet to respond to Faustyna’s assertions but allegedly agreed to a DNA test.
In May 2007, their family holiday in Portugal took a tragic turn when their daughter suddenly disappeared from her bed without a trace.