MADELEINE McCann vanished from her bed in a holiday apartment in Portugal 12 years ago.
But did Gerry and Kate McCann, Madeleine’s parents, stay married after their daughter disappeared? Here’s everything you need to know.
Who are Kate and Gerry McCann?
Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry are both practising Catholics who met in Glasgow in 1993.
Kate became a GP after studying medicine at the University of Dundee while Gerry has been a consultant cardiologist since 2005.
The couple got married in 1998 before having their first child, Madeleine, in 2003.
They also have two other twin children, a boy and a girl, who were born in 2005.
Kate and Gerry had been married for nine years when Madeleine disappeared on the night of May 3, 2007.
Are they still together?
Shortly after Madeleine vanished, Kate said their marriage nearly broke down as she withdrew into herself.
She stopped reading, playing music or even having sex with her husband Gerry.
And the couple were gripped by the fear that a paedophile may have taken their daughter.
Writing about that period in her autobiography, Kate said: “Tortured as I was by these images, it’s not surprising that even the thought of sex repulsed me.
“I worried about Gerry and me.
“I worried that if I didn’t get our sex life on track our whole relationship would break down.”
Kate went on to credit Gerry’s understanding and the couple’s resilience for the endurance of their marriage.
They remain together to this day, despite the stresses of intense media scrutiny on their lives.
Why did they become so focused on?
When three-year-old Maddie vanished from the family’s Pria da Luz holiday apartment on the Algarve, Gerry and Kate were dining with friends in a nearby restaurant.
Within 24 hours of their child’s disappearance, they held a press conference to make the first in a string of public appeals to help find Madeleine.
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In the intervening years, the couple have constantly kept the search alive for their daughter.
Over the course of the investigation, they have both been considered “persons of interest”.
A new Netflix documentary called The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is currently drawing the couple back into public attention, despite their refusal to be involved in or with the film.
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