Friends close to the young mother behind The Whole Pantry app have said Belle Gibson may have fled overseas to avoid confronting claims her remarkable cancer survival story is not accurate.
Doubts over Ms Gibson’s cancer survival story surfaced after it was revealed she failed to donate up to $300,000 in profits from her successful health and lifestyle app to charity.
The young mother shot to social media stardom after she created The Whole Pantry following her terminal brain cancer diagnosis. Ms Gibson shunned traditional medical treatment for a natural and holistic approach, and has a huge online following.
Ms Gibson told her social media followers in the middle of last year her cancer had spread to her liver, blood, uterus and spleen, and she did not expect to survive.
But after the charity claims emerged this week, she told News Corp her cancer diagnosis was incorrect and she now felt ‘humiliated’.
Since then friends have come forward saying they had long held suspicions about holes in Ms Gibson’s story for a long time, and revealed whenever they tried to raise it with her they were shut down.
‘I was told last night that she booked a business class flight to the US and that’s why she hasn’t been responding. She’s been on a plane for the last 20 hours,’ a friend, who did not wish to be named, told the Daily Mail Australia.
The same friend, a fellow social media personality with a large online following, said she first met Ms Gibson at a gala in early 2014 and the pair clicked.
But they had held suspicions in recent months, like many in the same friendship group, that the young entrepreneur may have been dishonest with them.