POLICE have visited the Melbourne home of Belle Gibson after revelations that her claims she had cancer – which she used to create a wellness empire – may have been false.
Two female Victoria Police officers visited Ms Gibson’s Elwood home last night and spent 10 minutes inside before leaving, The Herald Sun reports this morning.
Ms Gibson’s partner let police into the property. When asked by The Herald Sun, the man said Ms Gibson was not home at the time and declined to comment. He added that Ms Gibson had spoken to other media this week but felt “misrepresented” by them.
The social media entrepreneur appears to be erasing her stories of terminal illness from the internet as further evidence emerged yesterday to cast doubt on her claims of having survived a terminal brain tumour for five years without treatment.
Ms Gibson, who launched an internationally successful “wellness” business on the back of her claims of cancer survival without medical treatment, yesterday failed to respond to a report in The Australian that revealed that she has a history of unusual and contradictory claims of terminal illness.
Her stories about suffering seizures, hospitalisations and multiple cancers are disappearing from her Facebook and Instagram pages, and her account of having briefly died on the operating table during a 2009 heart operation has been deleted from an internet chat-forum she once frequented. The chat-forum messages were removed last week “at the request of a user”, according to a spokesman for the site.
Former friends of Ms Gibson have told The Australian that they doubted her claims as far back as 2009, when as a 17-year-old she first claimed to have undergone multiple heart operations and had chemotherapy and radiotherapy for an aggressive brain tumour.
Belle Gibson rose to prominence on Social Media making claims of having survived cancer and turning her grim prognosis around by natural therapy and good nutrition.
She gained a following of 200,000 people on Instagram and published a top selling App called The Whole Pantry. Belle Gibson claimed a large proportion of proceeds from App sales would go to charity however it has now emerged that this never eventuated.
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