Sharon Osbourne slammed for calling Madeleine McCann’s parents 'insane' for leaving her alone
Sharon Osbourne has been criticised by the parents of Madeleine McCann after describing them as “insane” for leaving their daughter alone on the night she went missing.
The former X Factor judge made the comments on Friday when discussing parents leaving their children unsupervised on chat show The Talk.
“I will tell you a very quick story. There was a husband and wife on holiday in Portugal. They left their baby in the room sleeping, sleeping while they went to dinner in the restaurant,” she said.
“While they were in the resort their baby was taken. And it is like, ‘Oh but we can see everything that is going on’ and it is, like, insane.”
A friend of the McCann family said parents Kate and Gerry immediately recognised themselves in the story.
“It’s very disappointing when someone with such a high profile makes this sort of ignorant, ill-informed comment.
“She should think about the effect it could have on Madeleine’s brother and sister, as well as the wider family,” the source told the Irish Mirror.
Madeleine disappeared from the apartment her family were staying in in Praia de Luz, Portugal, in May 2007, just a few days ahead of her fourth birthday.
Despite rigorous search efforts, she has never been found, and the head of Scotland Yard said in April that the inquiry could come to an end in the next few months.
“Kate and Gerry have never forgiven themselves and this should not have been aired in a random way, as it apparently was. It’s based on ignorance of the true facts,” the family friend said.
“While she’s entitled to her view, she should keep it to herself.”
The remarks were made during a debate about whether it was acceptable to leave a 10-month-old baby home alone, inspired by a thread on the social media network Mumsnet.
“This is insane. So many things happen in just a second. If you leave a candle on and the curtain blows on it and it caught on fire.
“I think of all these scenarios in my head and there is no way in a million years that you would ever do that,” said Sharon.
Her comments also provoked a backlash from other families of missing children.
Nicki Durbin, who is friends with the McCanns, has spent 10 years hunting for son Luke (19), who disappeared after a night a night out.
“If you had to walk in our shoes, then perhaps your perception would be different,” she said.