The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson says her daughter needs to apologise for her cancer con.
Ms Gibson admitted last month that she never had cancer and built her The Whole Pantry wellness empire on a false story of survival.
Now her mother Natalie Dal-Bello has broken her silence, calling on the 23-year-old to apologise and start volunteering for cancer charities to make amends.
“She doesn’t seem to be sorry. There doesn’t appear to be any remorse,” Ms Dal-Bello said in an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly.
Ms Dal-Bello, 51, said she discovered the controversy surrounding her daughter only when Ms Gibson spoke out in the magazine last month.
She said it was “profoundly disturbing” and she wanted to “set the record straight”.
Ms Gibson had blamed a “troubled” childhood for her problems sorting fact from fiction in her interview with Women’s Weekly.
She stuck to her original story that she grew up not knowing her father and had to look after her mother, who suffered multiple sclerosis and chronic fatigue, and her autistic brother.
Ms Gibson had also claimed from the age of five, she never had any toys and had to walk to school on her own.
She said it was her responsibility to “do grocery shopping, do the washing, arrange medical appointments and pick up my brother”.
But Ms Dal-Bello, who has not spoke with her daughter for four years, said while she did have MS and that Ms Gibson didn’t know who her father was, the rest of her claims were “a lot of rubbish”.
“Belle never cared for me, her brother is not autistic and she’s barely done a minute’s housework in her life,” she told the magazine.
“I’ve practically worked myself into an early grave to give that girl everything she wanted in life.”
“I just couldn’t sit by and let her say these things about her family.”
Ms Dal-Bello said she was “embarrassed” by her daughter’s actions and apologised to anyone who was deceived by her.
“For what small part we played in her life, we would like to say sorry,” she said.
Belle’s older brother, Nick, 26, also weighed in on the debate and said he was “really upset” about her false claims, but admitted his attention-seeking sister “has always been like this”.