Health food blogger Belle Gibson admits she lied about curing her terminal cancer
Published 22/04/2015 | 14:49
An Australian health food blogger who amassed a huge audience and generated $300,000 from sales of a related app has admitted that she lied about having terminal cancer.
Belle Gibson won over millions of fans after she claimed to have cured cancer of the blood, liver, brain and uterus with a vegetable heavy diet but has admitted that the whole story was a farce.
“None of it is true,” she told Australian Woman’s Weekly.
The blogger garnered a dedicated following on social media and released an app which generated more than $300,000 in sales. Gibson was due to release a book called The Whole Pantry with publishers Penguin.
Suspicion was raised after Gibson failed to donate the proceeds of her app sales to a cancer charity as she had previously promised.
"I am still jumping between what I think I know and what is reality," she said.
"I have lived it and I’m not really there yet,"
"I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it, that it’s just easier to assume [I’m lying]," she said.
"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."
The blogger once claimed to have received a diagnosis, where doctors told her she had just six weeks to live due but she cured herself through ‘the power of fruit and vegetables’.
Gibson has said that her upbringing was a possible reason behind the lies.
"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."
Gibson’s followers who purchased her deceptive app have yet to see the return of their $3.75.