Belle Gibson, the 23-year-old Australian who gained an international audience with her stories about living with malignant brain cancer, spleen cancer, uterus cancer, blood and liver cancer for more than five years, has admitted to lying.
Gibson’s brand grew along with her claims to be treating herself with natural therapies and whole foods.
Two years ago, Gibson developed The Whole Pantry app, which became so popular it was pre-installed and featured on in-store iPads around the world. The app was supposed to be featured on the Apple Watch. It has since disappeared from Apple products.
Gibson had millions of fans — more than 200,000 of them following her on Instagram.
And, then, suddenly, her world caved in when she admitted in an interview published in the May issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly that her cancer diagnosis was never real.
When asked by The Weekly if she ever had cancer, she confessed:
“No. None of it’s true.”
Gibson told The Daily Mail Australia that the backlash from her confession has been harsh and she feels her family is being threatened. But the publication was not able to verify all her claims.
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