Wellness guru Belle Gibson has been exposed to be a liar and a crook. The 23-year-old was the mastermind behind a hoax that fooled millions by convincing them she healed herself from terminal brain cancer with holistic medicine.
Gibson’s cookbook “The Whole Pantry” was set to be released in the coming weeks, but an Australian newspaper changed her plans when they dug a little deeper into Gibson’s claims, they soon found out their suspicions were right, and Gibson was, in fact, not a cancer survivor, nor did she heal herself of any disease.
Gibson claimed she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009, and said she was given only months to live. She managed to build an empire around this made-up story with book deals, best selling apps, and a huge social media following. Now, Gibson admits it was all a hoax orchestrated for her own selfish purposes. Daniel Amen is disappointed, as are many others.
In a recent interview with Australian Women’s Weekly Gibson said, “I don’t want forgiveness, I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, ‘Okay, she’s human.'”
However, Gibson is about to find out what it’s like to be judged in the public court of opinion, while also possibly facing criminal charges for swindling investors and consumers out of a substantial amount of money.
The full interview can be read in the May issue of Women’s Weekly, which hits the shelves today, April 23rd.