Belle Gibson rose to online fame in the wave of fitness and wellness bloggers giving lifestyle advice in the early 2010s.
The wellness influencer amassed the reach of millions thanks to her big claims – that she had treated her terminal cancer through her diet.
The blogger claimed she had healed her brain cancer with wholefoods, a complete con.
Disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson fined $410,000 by a federal court for deceptive and misleading conduct
— Ella Duffy (@ellakduffy) September 27, 2017
The blogger then released her own lifestyle and cookery book The Whole Pantry, which was hotly anticipated.
Then, the media and those around Belle began questioning the validity of her cancer diagnosis, and the lies became apparent.
Belle had told the world that she was alive four years after being told her terminal brain cancer gave her months to live, and the food had saved her.
The food you could learn all about in her book, no doubt.
Belle admitted that she did not have cancer to The Weekly, saying: 'No. None of it’s true'
'I don't want forgiveness. Above anything, I would like people to say, okay, she's human,' she told the mag.
The blogger made quite a lucrative profit from her book and the app she released of the same name, and claimed to be donating some profits to charity.
A ruling has now come from the Australian Federal Court this week, announcing that Belle will be fined for her crimes of 'unconscionable conduct under Australian consumer law.'
The exact figure she will need to repay has been set at $410,000 Australian dollars, or €273,000.