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  • Famous blogger who created wellness empire admits she faked her brain cancer
    Posted by on Apr 23rd, 2015

    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]

    Bloggers hey…

    Rene says:
    April 04, 2015 at 6:46 am

    What’s with the Australian Wellness people. Must be a lot of money in that industry. There was another woman that died earlier this year saying that her natural diet cured her cancer. Of course she was selling her lifestyle as well. And you can guess what she died of.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2973103/Brave-young-woman-battled-rare-form-cancer-healthy-food-lifestyle-known-Wellness-Warrior-tragically-succumbed-disease-age-30.html

    I can remember there was another story recently where a blogger was making her kid sick just so that she could blog about it. While looking for that I came across this article explaining the phenomenon

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/03/03/the-disturbing-case-of-the-bloggers-who-fake-death-and-disease-for-attention/

    We’ve had a girl at the office that faked cancer. The boss was even driving her to the hospital and dr’s for appointments. She also shaved her hair, and everyone at the office supported her. Then one day she just didn’t show up. We were all worried, but the boss just said she faked everything. We never got any more details of how it was discovered

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