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.
##police have visited the Melbourne home of healthy cooking app founder Belle Gibson amid reports her claims about having brain cancer could be false.
Two Victoria Police officers visited Gibson’s beachside apartment in #elwood home last night and spent around ten minutes inside before leaving, the Herald Sun reports.
The officers were let into the home by Gibson’s partner, who said the Whole Pantry app creator was not at home at the time.
He declined to comment on the recently published claims about Gibson’s brain cancer only saying that she had spoken to other media outlets but felt they had “misrepresented” her.
Gibson shot to fame after she established a “wellness” empire on the back of claims that she had used a healthy diet to survive a brain tumour for five years without treatment.
Yesterday the publisher of her cook book revealed that they had never investigated her claims about having cancer.
A former friend of Gibson said they had attended an “intervention” at the author’s Elwood home last year after growing suspicions about her life story and cancer claims, Fairfax Media reports.
The revelations follow news that $300,000 in profits promised by Ms Gibson to be paid to a charity was never received.
Social media well-being entrepreneur and blogger Belle Gibson has indicated her cancer diagnosis may have been a mistake, following a series of discoveries casting doubt on the veracity of her claims, and the revelations that she may have been misappropriating funds she claimed were going to charity.
Gibson launched an Instagram blog in 2009, claiming to be a young mum who had moved to Melbourne after a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. At the time, she explained she had been told she had four months to live.
‘Healing Belle’ quickly gained a large following and started chronicling her chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. After just two months of treatment, she announced she was abandoning conventional medicine to focus on natural health and wellness remedies.
Over the six years since, she has repeatedly claimed these natural remedies cured her of her aggressive “stage two” brain cancer, as well as several other cancers she said she had been diagnosed with over the years.
She said she was 20 at the time of her initial diagnosis, but information provided to ASIC shows she was only 17 in 2009.
Last year, Gibson announced she had been diagnosed with cancers of the liver, uterus, spleen and blood. Since an investigation by The Australian cast doubt on the truth of her claims about her illness, she has announced it possible that those four cancers were a “misdiagnosis”.
A social media entrepreneur who shot to fame off the back of her cancer survival story failed to hand over thousands of #fundraising dollars promised to charities.
Melbourne businesswoman Belle Gibson, founder of food and health app The Whole Pantry, solicited donations from a loyal following of 200,000 people in the name of at least five charities that have no record of receiving money from her.
The 26-year-old’s popular recipe app, which costs $3.79, has been downloaded 300,000 times and is being developed as one of the first apps for the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch. Her debut cook book The Whole Pantry, published by Penguin in Australia last year, will soon hit shelves in the United States and Britain.
Immediately after questions from Fairfax Media late last week about her fundraising activities, Ms Gibson promised donations to some organisations that have not been paid since she hosted a fundraiser in 2013. She blamed her company’s “cash flow” problems for the 15-month delay.
Ms Gibson has publicly claimed to have given away 25 per cent of her company’s profits and in her book writes that “a large part of everything” earned is donated to various causes. Last year she said $300,000 had already been given to charity but now says these contributions were never made because app sales were not as high as forecast. Ms Gibson was unable to provide a list of organisations that have received money or say how much has been donated to date.
She launched her business and her app off her story as a young mother diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who rejected conventional medicine and is healing herself with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
The popular app developer gives nutrition advice online and says she has helped countless people dump conventional medicine to treat ailments including cancer.
A popular health blogger who reportedly failed to donate $300,000 in profits to charity has now admitted she was ‘wrong’ about the extent of her terminal cancer.
The Whole Pantry founder Belle Gibson, whose app has about 200,000 followers, claims she was ‘misdiagnosed’ by a doctor after announcing last year that life-threatening cancer had spread to her live, uterus, spleen and blood, The Australian reports.
The 26-year-old, who became a social media sensation when she launched her hit lifestyle and recipe app after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, says she feels ‘humiliated’ after a German medical team’s examination led her to announce she was battling a third and fourth cancer.
The latest revelations come just a day after it emerged that Ms Gibson may have misled her followers by failing to donate 25 per cent of the profits from The Whole Pantry – totaling $300,000 – to charity, despite promising she would.
Ms Gibson, who shunned traditional treatments to combat her cancer and instead opted for a wholefood and holistic approach to battling the disease, said she was confused by her misdiagnosis.
‘It’s hard to admit that maybe you were wrong… (I felt) confused, bordering on humiliated’, Ms Gibson told The Australian.
She revealed a medical team from Germany had examined her using ‘magnetic’ therapy and believes this investigation led to her misdiagnosis, although she declined to name the medical team.
In July 2014 she broke the news of her 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.
Around 12 weeks after the initial post she followed up her initial post, revealing she was undergoing ‘German integrative oncology protocol’.
‘I’m following the same, yet amplified holistic medicine treatment plan, taking what I need from each respected modality; herbalism, acupuncture, nutrition etc and a new addition to it all with a German integrative oncology protocol. It took me a while, but I’m back in (adjusted) full force and taking each day as it comes.’
On Monday Fairfax Media revealed Ms Gibson had not delivered on her promise to donate 25 per cent of The Whole Pantry’s profits to charity, and reported she had lied about donating $300,000 in funds to a number of organisations.