In 2009, Belle Gibson claimed that she was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. She claimed that she only had months to live, but a miracle happened. After taking herself out of chemotherapy, she stated that she was going to attempt a holistic method of curing her cancer. To the world, years went by and she seemingly defeated death.
Fast forward to November of 2014, Gibson was quoted saying, “I believe that people are here to be teachers. And I know that I defied so many universal and life rules for a reason.”
Little did she know what kind of lesson she would be giving the world a few short months later. An Australian newspaper began attacking her story and piece by piece took down her holistic wellness empire.
Hoax or not? Watch the YouTube in-depth coverage of the story.
Gibson stacked a house of cards with her story, book, featured app, and over 200,000 loyal Instagram followers. She knew the cards were falling around here and confessed her lie. She simply stated, “None of it’s true,” to Australian Women’s Weekly. Gibson then continued on her high horse not asking for forgiveness, but for everyone to know she was a “human”. Quite an arrogant way to defuse a situation where you have lied to thousands of people over the past 6 years.
Brad Reifler (Reuters.com), a friend of mine, made a great point: Now that the world knows her entire story is a hoax, what else that she preached about living a healthier lifestyle is a lie?