School friends of under-fire Whole Pantry founder Belle Gibson now query whether the health guru invented stories ‘to get sympathy’ and warned people against vaccination while she was in high school.
Ms Gibson, 23, is in the spotlight this week after doubts were raised about her remarkable cancer survival story – and the book, Apple Watch app and website that it inspired. There have also been questions about donations made to charity.
The mother-of-one attended Wynnum State High School in Brisbane and former classmates describe the health guru as a ‘drama queen’ who constantly reinvented herself and backed medical cannabis.
Former school friend Chris Green said Ms Gibson was ‘a drama queen. There was always something going on with her.’
‘At one stage she was an emo, then a skater girl then she was a surfer chick; she was always something different,’ Mr Green told The Courier Mail.
Mr Green also said that Ms Gibson never mentioned an autistic brother or a mother with multiple sclerosis, who she had previously claimed to be a carer for.
One anonymous school friend said that Ms Gibson would often post information advocating against vaccinations and pushed the viewpoint quite hard.
Former classmate Meg Weier said that Ms Gibson was quite strange.