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Eventually, readers caught on, but the damage was long done.
None of it’s true’: Australian cancer advocate Belle Gibson admits she never had the disease
Belle Gibson has admitted she never had cancer almost two years after rising to fame by claiming she had healed herself.
She’s been selling a sick lie.
An Australian woman who made herself a celebrity by claiming she all but cured her own cancer with a healthy diet has admitted she had never the disease.
"No. None of it's true," Belle Gibson, 23, told Australian Women's Weekly about her dreamed-up diagnosis.
Belle start saying on social media two years that, four years after being told malignant brain cancer would kill her in months, she had healed herself with a whole foods diet, exercise and alternative treatments. She amassed a massive online following, created TheWholePantry app -- which was downloaded more than 200,000 times -- and wrote a book based on the app, all bringing more than $1 million into her wallet.
But over time her cancer concoction started crumbling, with several outlets questioning her story and pointing out inconsisties in stories she told about her supposed sickness. She admitted last month that she never donated money she had promised to charities, and Consumer Affairs Victoria started investigating her, the Guardian reported.
Before coming clean, Gibson deleted most of her social media profiles or made them private.
None she tells Australian Women's Weekly she was truly passionate about spreading health food tips, but knew nothing about cancer.
“I don’t want forgiveness,” she said. “I just think (admitting the truth) was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, ‘Okay, she’s human.’”
Gibson reportedly cried often throughout her revelatory interviews.
The magazine's investigation found that Gibson received electromagnetic therapy from an alternative health quack last year, and results from those tests showed she never had cancer. Only then did she go to a real doctor, who told her the same thing. The doctor who she claimed to have given her a diagnosis in 2009 does not appear to exist.