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”.