An Australian wellness blogger who built a health empire and inspired celebrities and thousands of followers has admitted that she lied about having brain cancer that was cured by healthy eating and natural therapies. 23 yr old Belle Gibson revealed the truth in a series of interviews to Woman’s Weekly after it was discovered that she failed to donate $300 000 of the money to charity she made from a best selling app. Gibson also wrote a successful health cookbook called The Whole Pantry.
Gibson said in the interview that “I don’t want forgiveness. I just think (it) was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, “Okay, she’s human”.
She failed to explain why she lied about her condition though.
“Gibson launched her global business, which included the top-rating app and cookbook, off her controversial claims that she was a young mother healing herself naturally from terminal brain cancer.”
“She came under fire after Fairfax Media revealed in March that she had raised money in the name of five charities that had no record of receiving a donation from her. Her story of survival was soon put under the spotlight and she admitted that multiple other cancers she claimed to have suffered from may have been based on a misdiagnosis.” [The Age]