Belle Gibson, the popular health and wellness blogger whose career skyrocketed after she claimed to have defeated a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer by following the whole foods diet, has admitted in an interview with Australian Woman’s Weekly that it was all a lie.
Following her “diagnosis,” Gibson shared with her Instagram followers that she did not expect to survive longer than four months.
“None of it’s true,” she told the magazine.
“I don't want forgiveness,” she told AWW. “I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, 'Okay, she's human.’”
Gibson, 23, gained millions of followers after claiming that her diet was responsible for healing her of cancer. Her blog, since deleted, spawned The Whole Pantry app, which was downloaded 300,000 times, as well as a recipe book of the same name. The book was scheduled for publication next month in the United States and U.K.
Gibson must also face the results of an investigation from Fairfax Media, which found that she did not donate a large portion of proceeds from the app to charity, as she claimed. The blogger is under investigation by Consumer Affairs.
Gibson also claimed to have been wrongly diagnosed with a number of other cancers of the blood, spleen, uterus, and liver, but insisted that her brain cancer was real. She refused to provide any proof of diagnosis, and a spokesperson for Penguin Group confirmed that no one from her publisher’s office tried to confirm the diagnosis either.
“During the interviews, whenever challenged, Belle cried easily and muddled her words,” reported AWW.