You might have heard of Belle Gibson. She’s the Melburnian who claimed to have healed terminal brain cancer with healthy living practices like clean eating. She fooled the world with her story, and made a good buck in the process with her top-rating app, The Whole Pantry.
Now, in her first interview since speculation started that her story could be false, Belle has admitted it was all a crock of shit. “No. None of it’s true,” the 23-year-old told Australian Women’s Weekly of her alleged cancer diagnosis.
Oh, and now she’s asking for some understanding. “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.'”
Apparently she does enjoy eating well, avoiding gluten, dairy and coffee, but doesn’t really know a thing about cancer. But, unfortunately, there’s a lot of people who know all too well about the disease, and were given false hope by her claims. I think we can speak for anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether it be their own illness, a family member’s, or a friend of a friend’s, when we say we’re extremely disappointed that someone was able to deceptively profit from a disease which steals from so many.
If you want to read Belle’s full interview in Australian Women’s Weekly, you can pick up a copy from news stands tomorrow. Take solace in knowing this woman was not paid for this story, and will hopefully never make another dollar off her web of lies.