I SO WANTED TO LEAVE THIS BUT This saga keeps changing, there is no doubt now she faked much of her claims. The once award-winning young ladies life has come crashing down.
WE all fall from grace at one time or another in our life but this was of an epic scale, and the worst of the worst for cancer sufferers and survivors as well as supporters and family of those who are gone from our lives. her silence is deafening, but I hope other media come out as have Fairfax Media to state they have not paid anyone for any info on this story
(Which has been a big part of Belle’s rants since it broke. Saying others are making money off her now! )
Health blogger and app developer Belle Gibson hits back at ‘bullying’ critics
March 16, 2015 – 5:34AM
Belle Gibson, creator of the app The Whole Pantry Photo: Jeffrey Glorfeld
Belle Gibson, the popular health blogger accused of falsely claiming to have cancer, has blasted her critics for speaking out against her.
Breaking her recent social media silence, Ms Gibson lashed out at former friends and acquaintances who had publicly doubted her claims of being ill, telling them to “make yourself invisible to me”.
The 23-year-old Melbourne woman founded health and wellbeing app The Whole Pantry, which has been under close scrutiny after it was revealed many of the charities the organisation had promised to donate to had not received any money.
Belle Gibson’s book based around her The Whole Pantry app.
The Whole Pantry app, along with a Penguin book of the same name, promoted healthy living and Ms Gibson boasted natural foods and alternative therapies had fought off the multiple cancers she claimed to suffer.
But serious questions have been raised over the entrepreneur’s claims of surviving terminal brain cancer without treatment, as well as being diagnosed with four other types of cancer.
Former friends and work colleagues have accused Ms Gibson of lying about the extent of her illness, with some suggesting she may not have cancer at all.
On Friday night Ms Gibson hit back in a rambling Facebook post, sarcastically encouraging her followers to speak to the media if they needed to because “it says more about you, and your priorities than me or the story you’ll get paid to tell”.
Ms Gibson, who wrote of being “bullied to my death”, went on to defend the work of The Whole Pantry.
“…I know the work my company and it’s [sic] contents did changed hundreds of thousands for the better,” she wrote.
In another post she said those who had spoken publicly about her were “knowingly contributing to the blatant attacking and bullying of myself and my family”.
The Melbourne mother did not disprove claims she had lied about or exaggerated having cancer but promised an “open letter” was on its way.
Ms Gibson’s latest comments, posted under a Facebook alias, follow the recent removal of thousands of posts on her social media accounts.
Fairfax Media has not paid anyone for information about Belle Gibson
Whole Pantry cookbook PULLED from the shelves by Penguin after publisher casts doubt on health guru Belle Gibson’s brain cancer survival story
- Penguin Books have decided to pull her book from Australian shelves
- Blogger Belle Gibson, 23, is accused of faking her terminal brain cancer
- She claimed eating well and using a natural approach to life saved her
- Ms Gibson launched successfully popular The Whole Pantry app and book
- More than 300,000 angry fans and customers have demanded a refund
- They have taken to the company’s Facebook page to make a stand
- Her friends raised doubts about her survival story and charity donations
- Former school mates have labelled the 23-year-old as a ‘drama queen’
Belle Gibson’s publisher has pulled her book from Australian shelves following accusations she faked her terminal brain cancer.
Penguin Books – who publishes Ms Gibson’s The Whole Pantry recipe book – shared the news with Daily Mail Australia via an email statement on Monday.
The book was written in conjunction with her hugely successful app of the same name, which focuses on health, wellness and lifestyle.
Australian blogger Belle Gibson (seen, left, with a bottle of champagne) has hit out at those who have accused her survival story of being fake
Clean-living Belle Gibson, seen here with a pint in her hand, told the friends who have spoken out about her to ‘make yourself invisible to me, and my life’
‘Despite our best endeavours, Penguin Books has not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations,’ the publisher said.
‘As such, we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in Australia.
‘We remain hopeful that we will receive the formal assurances we have requested in the coming days.’
This follows Ms Gibson hitting back at the friends who have spoken publicly about her as old photos emerged of her enjoying alcohol.
In a long Facebook post, the Australian blogger told those who have spoken out about her to ‘make yourself invisible to me, and my life.’
The health fanatic shot to social media fame after claiming she had managed to ward off a terminal brain cancer diagnosis simply through eating well and using a natural and holistic approach to life.
Young mum: Close friends told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday that Ms Gibson may have departed Australia for the United States this week
Back in July 2013, Ms Gibson posted on The Whole Pantry Facebook page about her ‘severe and malignant brain cancer’
Ms Gibson gave hope to cancer sufferers worldwide after she revealed that she had prolonged her life despite shunning conventional medical treatment and relying on her own ‘whole life’ concept.
But after doubt was cast over her claims, the Sydney Morning Herald reported she wrote to her friends on Facebook this weekend: ‘You are knowingly contributing to the blatant attacking and bullying of myself and my family.’
‘You’re not making the world an any (sic) better place by choosing to become part of the latest media snowball, remember that.’
Meanwhile, photos have emerged on Facebook of Ms Gibson holding a bottle of champagne to her mouth and sipping on a pint of beer before she became a clean-living star.
Social media users attempting to ‘expose’ Ms Gibson have begun posting images and old claims about her cancer on Facebook.
On Friday, she stood by her projects, writing: ‘…I know the work my company and it’s [sic] contents did changed hundreds of thousands for the better.’
On the same day, thousands of angry customers who bought healthy living app and book The Whole Pantry are demanding their money back after finding out founder Ms Gibson’s cancer story could be false.
Taking to The Whole Pantry’s Facebook page, some of the 300,000 people who downloaded the app have called for their money to be refunded and have slammed the mother-of-one for misleading her followers.
‘Lies, Lies and more Lies. I demand a refund,’ one unhappy customer said.
‘What kind of person fakes illnesses for attention. She has mental health issues and needs help. It scares me to think how many people have died following her natural therapy cancer treatment diet/lifestyle. Disgusting,’ another Facebook commenter said.
Ms Gibson has deleted thousands of photos and social media posts which directly reference her multiple cancer diagnoses, but an example of them – seen by Daily Mail Australia – can be found below:
Back in July 2013, Ms Gibson posted on The Whole Pantry Facebook page: ‘It’s unfortunate that there is someone on my Instagram trying to discredit the natural healing path I am on.’
She went on to say: ‘As always, with everything, this is my journey and I encourage you to do what is best for your body and situation with love and an open mind.
‘I have been healing a severe and malignant brain cancer for the past few years with natural medicine, gerson therapy and foods.
‘It’s working for me and I am grateful to be here sharing this journey with over 70,000 people worldwide. Thank you for being here – xx Belle.’
In a reference to her liver cancer, she posted on Instagram under her account @healing_belle, a photo of a pink smoothie enriched with ‘extra support’.
‘This one is for my rash (thanks, liver cancer), inflammation (thanks flying) and for general immunity.’
In another Instagram post she wrote: ‘Going from 6 weeks to live, to celebrating my fourth year with brain cancer, I know now that respecting your own journey and intuitively healing, listening and living as YOUR body, mind and path intended is staple.’
In July 2014, she broke the news of further illness to her followers through an impassioned post to her personal Instagram page.
It read in part: ‘With frustration and ache in my heart // my beautiful, gamechanging community, it hurts me to find space tonight to let you all know with love and strength that I’ve been diagnosed with a third and fourth cancer.
‘One is secondary and the other is primary. I have cancer in my blood, spleen, brain, uterus, and liver. I am hurting,’ Ms Gibson wrote.
About 12 weeks after the initial post she followed up, revealing she was undergoing ‘German integrative oncology protocol’.
The Whole Pantry (pictured above, in cookbook form) is also a popular app, which costs $3.79 to download. The app is slated to appear on the new Apple Watch
The Whole Pantry founder’s stories are being questioned as people demand answers from the health guru
Many others called for the entrepreneur to face up to her lies and do the right thing. Questions have also been raised about her donations to charity.
She told her social media followers last year her brain cancer had spread to her blood, liver, spleen, uterus and that she did not expect to survive.
It has been reported that Ms Gibson has met with lawyers to fight the claims her story is fake.
School friends of the under-fire Whole Pantry founder now query whether the health guru invented stories ‘to get sympathy’ and have told how she warned people against vaccination while she was in high school.
Ms Gibson attended Wynnum State High School in Brisbane and former classmates describe the health guru as a ‘drama queen’ who constantly reinvented herself and backed medical cannabis.
Former school friend Chris Green said Ms Gibson was ‘a drama queen. There was always something going on with her.’
‘At one stage she was an emo, then a skater girl then she was a surfer chick; she was always something different,’ Mr Green told The Courier Mail.
Mr Green also said that Ms Gibson never mentioned an autistic brother or a mother with multiple sclerosis, who she had previously claimed to be a carer for.
One anonymous school friend said that Ms Gibson would often post information advocating against vaccinations and pushed the viewpoint quite hard.
Former classmate Meg Weier said that Ms Gibson was quite strange.
In another Instagram post she wrote: ‘Going from 6 weeks to live, to celebrating my fourth year with brain cancer’
Young mother: Ms Gibson, the mother of Olivier (pictured) has established a successful business in Whole Pantry
Jayme Smith (pictured left, with her two children) met Belle Gibson online and maintained a friendship over social media until they had a falling out
Friends close to the mum-of-one have said that she may have gone overseas to avoid confronting claims that her remarkable cancer survival story is not all it seems.
Another former friend of Ms Gibson has called on her to ‘come clean’ on her ‘misdiagnosis’.
Mother-of-two Jayne Smith, 28, from Sydney, became a confidant of Ms Gibson’s after they met on a parenting discussion page on Facebook around 2010.
They forged an online friendship and confided over their experiences with cancer – Ms Smith having lost her mother to lung cancer in 2003 and Ms Gibson saying she had brain cancer.
BY THE NUMBERS: THE WHOLE PANTRY
- Over 300,000 people have downloaded the app since its release
- The company failed to donate $300,000 that was promised to charities
- The app costs $3.79AUD in Australia
- Last year it was announced the app will be presented on the Apple Watch, which will come out on April 24, 2015 in Australia
Ms Smith told Daily Mail Australia she was ‘baffled’ when reports emerged this week where friends raised doubts about Ms Gibson’s medical diagnoses and charity donations.
‘I am just so shocked and I feel betrayed, that we all fell so hard for the illusion that she created,’ Ms Smith said.
‘It has hit all of us, who I know, (who) also know Belle, like a tonne of bricks.’
‘We only knew her online, but we all believed to a point that she was a genuine pioneer, who was surviving aggressive cancer.
‘Belle and I talked quite a bit about my feelings about (cancer), how she could empathise with me, the feelings I felt about my mother dying and how I’d wished I was more responsible when it happened, that I’d wished I had tried to explore more ideas, like Belle did.’
Ms Smith said Ms Gibson ‘pushed’ – and nearly convinced her – not to vaccinate her children, but that she did not blame her for nearly making that choice, which she ‘backed out of at the last minute’.
‘That was my own choice, based on information provided by Belle. I regret that choice (to nearly not vaccinate), but it was my own. I’m not here to place blame.’
In November 2014, Ms Gibson told Sunday Style magazine she blamed the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil for her cancer.
After friends and medical experts cast doubt on her medical claims in various media stories this week, Ms Gibson told The Australian she may have been ‘misdiagnosed’.
‘It’s hard to admit that maybe you were wrong,’ she told the newspaper, adding that she was ‘confused, bordering on humiliated’.
In a reference to her liver cancer, she posted on Instagram under her account @healing_belle, a photo of a pink smoothie enriched with ‘extra support’
The Whole Pantry, a popular app, gained media attention because of Ms Gibson’s remarkable story about cancer survival
The company she founded, The Whole Pantry, said donations to charities that allegedly failed to arrive had been ‘accounted for and not processed’ and that promised donations ‘would be honoured’.
Ms Smith told Daily Mail Australia she was ‘baffled’ by this week’s allegations and was most upset about the hope Ms Gibson’s followers had invested in her program if she was being dishonest.
She said Ms Gibson had the ‘gift of the gab’ and ‘needs to answer to these people (her followers), because they are good hearted people who deserve answers’.
‘I don’t care about exposing Belle. I haven’t spoken to her for months, years.
‘I just want her to confirm or deny (her diagnoses) so people who put their faith in her, invested in her – they need to know.
‘They need to know, if they’ve rejected conventional medicine on what she’s saying.
‘It’s their lives, it’s not a game.’
Belle Gibson: the entrepreneur behind The Whole Pantry app
Ms Smith said of Belle Gibson (above): ‘If I saw Belle now, I would just ask her to tell the truth. That’s all I want’
Ms Gibson wrote about how she chose a cancer patient called Joshua to ‘donate 100% of app sales to’
After three years of sometimes personal exchanges online, Ms Gibson and Ms Smith stopped talking after the development of the Whole Pantry app.
‘If I saw Belle now, I would just ask her to tell the truth. That’s all I want.
‘I don’t want to see her beg people for mercy. I don’t want her to beg for forgiveness – I just want the truth.
‘Come clean, be transparent, let the world know where you’re at. If you were misdiagnosed, own up to it.
‘Belle DID create an exceptional application, that is loved by many, but I think she should sell it for what it is, complimentary medicines and a diet – not life saving treatment.
‘All people want is the truth from her.’
Close friends told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday that Ms Gibson may have left for the United States. Police visited her home on Tuesday night to check on her welfare, but she was not there.
Multiple calls to Ms Gibson’s mobile rang out.
IN TWEETS, BELLE GIBSON DESCRIBED HERSELF AS A ‘DISTINGUISHED PHYSCOPATH’ (SIC)
Amid claims that the entrepreneur behind The Whole Pantry app has fled to country, more details about Belle Gibson’s past are coming to light.
The young social media personality – who came under fire after claims her ‘terminal cancer’ and incredible survival story from the life-threatening illness were false – once described herself as a psychopath.
Ms Gibson has previously gone under the name of Annabelle Natalie Gibson, and tweeted in 2009: @bellmneb: ‘Is a distinguished physcopath (sic),’ the Herald Sun reported.
The next month she sent another tweet, from the account which appears to have been removed.
‘Obama won the nobel peace prize. This is more f***ed then (sic) the government giving me cancer. #obamawinsnobelprize,’ it read.