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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. 

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. 


Food blogger Belle Gibson has admitted that her hugely successful food and lifestyle blog was all based on lies.

Belle attracted hundreds of thousands of avid followers by claiming she had beaten malignant brain cancer through diet and lifestyle changes alone, quitting chemotherapy after just two months.

Last month the 23-year-old was accused of fabricating both her illness and subsequent recovery in order to attract readers and make a profit. 

Now Belle, whose blog had a spin-off app and book called The Whole Pantry, has spoken out about the scandal for the first time. When asked by The Australian Women's Weekly if she had ever had cancer, Belle responded by saying, "No. None of it's true."

Before coming clean about the lies, Belle had tried to defend her story by saying her brain cancer was a misdiagnosis and that the doctor in question was a fraud. 

Now though, Belle admits she's unsure if anything she wrote was based on truth. "I am still jumping between what I think I know and what is reality. I have lived it and I’m not really there yet," she said.

"I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it, that it’s just easier to assume [I’m lying]."

In an attempt to explain what she had done, Belle says she often makes up explanations when she simply doesn't know the correct answer to a question. “If I don’t have an answer, then I will sort of theorise it myself and come up with one. I think that’s an easy thing to often revert to if you don’t know what the answer is.”

We're glad to see Belle facing up to the truth, but it sounds like she still has a lot of personal issues to address.


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.