Australian food and lifestyle blogger, Belle Gibson has had her book, The Whole Pantry, pulled off shelves and its publication ceased after doubt has been cast on her claims.
Belle’s story captivated thousands worldwide when she told of how she beat off a diagnosis of malignant brain cancer in 2009, despite only being given months to live.
The blogger then says she turned her life, and her diagnosis around through nutrition and holistic living after quitting chemotherapy after two months.
However, recent reports have been casting doubt on Belle’s story with The Australian newspaper claiming her friends dispute claims of her illness while doctors claim they cannot find any record of someone surviving her diagnosis for five years.
Soon after questions were raised, all mentions of her past illness were deleted from all social media accounts. All of Belle’s and The Whole Pantry’s social media presence have now disappeared.
It has alse been reported that fans and people who bought the book began demanding their money back when photos of Belle partying in 2009 surfaced.
Penguin Book released a statement saying that due to lack of evidence behind Belle’s claims, her book has been pulled: “Despite our best endeavours, Penguin Books has not received sufficient explanation from Ms Gibson, author of The Whole Pantry recipe book, in response to recent allegations. As such, we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in Australia. We remain hopeful that we will receive the formal assurances we have requests in the coming days.”
The blogger has said that she will make a formal statement later this week.