SOCIAL media entrepreneur Belle Gibson encouraged people against vaccinating their children and backed medical cannabis, it has emerged.
The 23-year-old founder of popular wellness app The Whole Pantry has deleted all references to her health on social media after it emerged she may never have suffered from a range of illnesses she claimed to have beaten.
An old school friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said Ms Gibson was always posting to her friends about the dangers of vaccinating your children.
The pair attended Wynnum State High School in Manly, Brisbane, where they shared a drama class.
“She was always posting things saying that vaccinations were bad,” the friend said.
“She would just repost information she found and would really push it hard.”
Ms Gibson told News Limited in November that she was 20 when her current health issues began, blaming a reaction to the cervical cancer vaccine Gardisil.
“I’ve never really spoken about that because it’s such a big, political thing,” she said.
“In America, people are getting compensation.
“I used to be so angry about it (but) it’s not something I really invest my energy into anymore because there are so many people trying to fight for a safe vaccine.”
Earlier, the young Melbourne mega-blogger facing scrutiny over terminal brain cancer claims that made her an online sensation, once described herself as a “distinguished psychopath”.
Belle Gibson, the founder of hugely popular The Whole Pantry wellness app and book, has gone to ground after allegations a range of illnesses she professed to have overcome were false.
Amid growing doubts over her story, the Herald Sun can reveal Ms Gibson, 23, was a high school dropout who worked as a trainee at catering supply company PFD Food Services in Brisbane, where staff described her as a “lost soul”.
“She was always a bit out there,” one former colleague said. “She was a bit disturbed and would come out with some really vivid stories.
Tech giant Apple and publishing house Penguin are facing a wave of criticism after revelations their author and app-developer Belle Gibson’s cancer survival story may have been embellished.
And next month’s overseas release of The Whole Pantry recipe book is now in doubt, with major US publisher Simon & Schuster confirming it will investigate Ms Gibson’s biography and charitable donations.
Customers who purchased the top-rating food app and recipe book in Australia have demanded refunds after serious inaccuracies were found in the story Ms Gibson has used to build her business.
Penguin and Apple are heavily invested in The Whole Pantry brand, with Apple previously flying Ms Gibson to the US to work in secret on the new Apple Watch. The popular book was marketed off her “inspirational” story of cancer survival and large-scale charitable donations.
Penguin has now admitted it failed to check Ms Gibson’s claims made in the 3000-word preface to her book.
Ms Gibson said she launched the app after being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009 and given four months to live. She claimed she was healing herself by rejecting conventional medicine and choosing a healthy lifestyle.
A FORMER Brisbane schoolgirl who claimed to have survived cancer due to a healthy lifestyle is facing accusations she fabricated the story to help develop a business.
BELLE Gibson, 23, founded an app called The Whole Pantry, which is marketed as the world’s first health, wellness and lifestyle app community.
Ms Gibson was diagnosed with multiple cancers from 2009 but claimed to have beaten the illness by shunning conventional medicine in favour of a healthy lifestyle.
She has since admitted she may have been misdiagnosed.
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Consumer Affairs Victoria, Australia, and possibly Victoria Police are said to be investigating Belle Gibson, the creator of popular iOS, and #apple Watch default app The Whole Pantry. Authorities are looking into allegations of charity fraud, and that she deceived the public by faking stories about having cancer for financial gain.
Gibson, 28, built the app based on her personal blog, where she told a story that she had survived a terminal brain tumor when she was younger through healthy living. Through the blog and the app, Gibson claims to have helped countless people dump conventional medicine to treat illnesses including cancer.
The app became a decent success, with over 300,000 downloads on Apple’s app store (notably there’s only a paid version), and it was voted the best food and drink app of 2013.
Gibson’s success with the app led to a book deal with Penguin, along with widespread publicity, particularly in Australia, where she became a popular speaker on health issues.
But the best lies often come undone when you add to them, with Gibson claiming in 2014 that she was now suffering cancer of the liver, uterus, spleen and blood; in an interview Monday Gibson now claims that she had been “misdiagnosed.”
Gibson maintained that she had previously beaten terminal brain tumor, but that story appears to be full of holes as well; various reports quote former friends stating that in 2009, during the time she claims to have been told she had 4 months to live, she was never ill. Doctor’s also note rightly that you can’t cure terminal cancer through healthy living and lifestyle.
WHEN CHRISTOPHER SKASE launched his luxurious Mirage Hotels in Queensland, he used the advertising slogan ‘Too Good To Be True’.
For the entrepreneur with big dreams, who briefly owned the Seven Network and a Hollywood studio, it turned out to be truth in advertising. Because, ultimately it was… too good to be true.
Belle Gibson has probably never heard of Christopher Skase but, increasingly, it seems her miraculous stories of having only four months to live from various cancers – only to be saved by diet changes, alternative therapies, colonic irrigation, etcetera – are turning out to be ‘too good to be true’.
The young founder of The Whole Pantry app, built an instant empire which included a book deal, more than 200,000 followers on Instagram, and international fame .
An inspiring success story from a brave, terminally ill young woman who had blogged about her multiple heart operations, being dead on the operating table for three minutes, her suffering from cancer of the liver, uterus, spleen and blood and ‘stage two’ brain cancer.
An investigation by The Australian newspaper shows some devastating anomalies and holes in Gibson’s stories of terminal illnesses now ‘cured’ by her new lifestyle and philosophy.
When challenged in an interview, Gibson blamed the inconsistencies in her story on a ‘misdiagnosis’ by a doctor she declined to name.
She said: ‘It’s hard to admit that maybe you were wrong’. She also said, in the tearful interview, that she felt ‘confused, bordering on humiliated’.
But, in that same interview, Gibson stood by her claim that she has used alternative therapies to survive an aggressive malignant brain tumour for five years without any conventional medical treatment.
Since that story appeared several days ago, and started being followed by other media, some of Gibson’s posts about her critical illnesses and miraculous recovery, have been erased from her website.
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