Mother Karen Matthews, who was jailed for kidnapping her own daughter, has been left with only a budgie to be her friend, a source has claimed.
Matthews served four years in jail for kidnapping her daughter Shannon, nine, in 2008 to generate cash from the publicity.
The mother, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, made several emotional pleas for her child to return during the huge police search despite being aware of where she was.
Nearly a decade on from the scandal, a source revealed the mother only has one friend left – her pet budgie and treats the bird, called Bobby, like her child, even calling him her ‘baby boy’.
A source close to Matthews told the Daily Star: “The budgie is now her only friend in the world.
“She asks him for advice on a daily basis. She has no-one else now.”
The mother-of-seven allegedly used to own another bird named Archie, who died last year.
Matthews and Michael Donovan were found guilty of kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice in December 2008.
The search for Shannon was compared to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
There are reports that Matthews wants to sell the rights to her autobiography so she can pay for cosmetic surgery in the hope it would help her to go unrecognised.
It is believed all seven of Matthews’ children are living under new names and no longer have a relationship with their mother.
Last year, Matthews told the Daily Mirror: “I’m not Britain’s worst mum. I didn’t kill anybody.
“Baby P’s mum and Maxine Carr don’t get the abuse that I do.
“None of it’s true. I’m on the edge. It makes me want to kill myself but I’d never do that. I’m scared I’ll die lonely and alone.”