“None of it’s true,” Wellness blogger admits she lied about having cancer
For months, a prominent wellness blogger chronicled her battle with terminal brain cancer and claimed she healed herself with a vegetable diet.
Fans say 26-year-old Belle Gibson of Sydney, Australia gained popularity after announcing that she was batting terminal brain cancer.
She also told followers that she was turning down traditional cancer treatments after doctors told her she had just six weeks left to live.
Instead, she said she chose a vegetable-heavy, nutrition-based healing plan to battle the disease.
After saying her diet helped her beat the disease, Gibson made hundreds of thousands of dollars.
She now admits she made the whole thing up and never had cancer.
In 2009, Gibson announced that she had a brain tumor.
In 2014, she went to claim she had cancer of the blood, spleen, brain, uterus and liver.
Through it all, she told her followers that a healthy lifestyle saved her.
Recently, she announced that she was releasing a book and an app called “The Whole Pantry.”
However, publication of the book was brought to a halt when doubts about Gibson’s illness surfaced.
Many people began to question the blogger after she claimed to have donated $300,000 to charities, but there was no trace of those donations.
“If I don’t have an answer, then I will sort of theorise it myself and come up with one. I think that’s an easy thing to often revert to if you don’t know what the answer is,” Gibson said.
In her latest interview, Gibson said her upbringing was a factor in her lying about cancer.
“When I started school, my mum went: ‘My daughter is grown up now.’ All of a sudden I was walking to school on my own, making school lunches and cleaning the house every day,” she said. “It was my responsibility to do grocery shopping, do the washing, arrange medical appointments and pick up my brother. I didn’t have any toys.”
Now, some of Gibson’s customers who paid $3.79 for the app are asking for their money back.