Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention.
“I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it, that it’s just easier to assume [I’m lying],” she said.
“If I don’t have an answer, then I will sort of theorise it myself and come up with one. I think that’s an easy thing to often revert to if you don’t know what the answer is.”
Gibson believes her “troubled” childhood may have led her to lie about her condition.
Original story from 12-Mar 2015
Belle Gibson of Australia claims that her diet cured her cancer and she attempted to capitalize on that. Now, she is being accused of lying about her illness. Her publisher admits to not checking! (This is a trend.) She has retained a lawyer and admits that she may have been misdiagnosed.
Customers who bought Belle Gibson’s health food app and cookbook are demanding refunds amid revelations that the Melbourne entrepreneur may have made up her cancer survival story.
The 26-year-old’s recipe and lifestyle app The Whole Pantry (TWP) was released in August 2013 and solicited donations from 200,000 people in the name of around five charities.
However, none of the charities have any record of receiving money from Ms Gibson or TWP. The terminal cancer diagnosis, which contributed to Ms Gibson’s business success, is now under question.
Penguin now admits it did not fact check Ms Gibson’s claims about being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009, given only months to live and how she beat the doctor’s odds by rejecting conventional medicine in favour of a clean living lifestyle.
On Tuesday, Victoria Police visited Ms Gibson’s home and Consumer Affairs Victoria has launched its own investigation into her fundraising activities.
Penguin is the publisher of Gibson’s cookbook. Fairfax Media has found several serious inconsistencies with her story. Regardless of the truth, her reputation is seriously damaged due to this scandal. The US book publisher, Simon & Schuster, is looking into her background and charitable donations as well.
Lying about cancer is not exactly news or uncommon, if true. We’ve featured stories about this before, typically to get attention or to raise money.
Tip: Graham Donald