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Natalia Grace’s adoptive mum speaks out after bombshell docuseries

Jess Hardiman

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Natalia Grace’s adoptive mum speaks out after bombshell docuseries

Featured Image Credit: Investigation Discovery/Instagram/@themansfamily11

Natalia Grace’s adoptive mum has spoken out after the bombshell docuseries concluded with a shocking allegation.

Back in 2010, Ukrainian Natalia Grace was adopted by Michael and Kristine Barnett, who were told she was a six-year-old child with a rare bone growth disorder.

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The Barnetts later claimed that she was an adult secretly posing as a juvenile, eventually getting a judge to legally re-age her as a 22-year-old woman in 2012.

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However, there never was a definitive answer, even after it became the subject of an Investigation Discovery documentary last year, where Michael and other family members spoke out about the bizarre case.

Earlier this month, a follow-up docuseries saw Natalia herself open up about her side of the story, not only including compelling evidence that she may not be an adult after all, but also how she’d later been adopted by a new family.

In the final episode, the documentary revealed how, just six months after she was adopted by Cynthia and Antwon Man, producers got a 'shocking phone call'.

In a voiceover, Antwon could be heard speaking with producers and claiming: “Something ain't right with Natalia."

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Natalia with Antwon and Cynthia Mans. Credit: CBS
Natalia with Antwon and Cynthia Mans. Credit: CBS

"This girl is tweakin," he continued. "I feel like she's the enemy in the house. And she said to us, we have held her hostage. Made us look like we're the enemy."

Cynthia joined in with the accusations as she said: "Natalia is stabbing her family in the back over a complete lie."

Antwon went on to claim Natalia had 'done other things', but continued: "This was a new low. Natalia does not have emotions for nothing but herself.

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"We're done. We're done with her."

One week on from the explosive 3 January finale, Cynthia has shared an update on the family’s relationship with Natalia.

Speaking to The Sun, she explained that Natalia was no longer living at their house, but that they were ‘fine’.

Cynthia said Natalia no longer lives with the family. Credit: Cynthia Mans
Cynthia said Natalia no longer lives with the family. Credit: Cynthia Mans
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"We are absolutely perfect,” she said.

“No, she doesn't live with us but we are fine."

While Cynthia said Natalia is currently ‘living with friends’, she stressed how she and Antwon still have regular contact with her, having even shared a screenshot from a FaceTime call that supposedly happened earlier this week.

"It's rough, but with God, we gonna make it," Cynthia said, adding: "I am in prayer."

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And on the saga goes...

Topics: Natalia Grace, TV And Film, Parenting, Real Life, Documentaries

Jess Hardiman
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