These are some serious accusations.
Belle Gibson is a blogger and single mother from Melbourne, Australia who has become very successful through her Instagram account, a cookbook called The Whole Pantry, and an app called The Whole Pantry App that was being readied to be released on the new Apple Watch.
She has also made claims that she was diagnosed with cancer and donates twenty five percent of her profits to local charities as she self treats her cancer with health foods instead of the usual treatments for cancer.
However, a report has come out recently that claims that Gibson has never donated any money to charity. And it doesn’t stop there.
Here’s what the Sydney Morning Herald reported:
“Ms. Gibson has run two campaigns purporting to raise money for five charities, but Fairfax Media has confirmed that none has a record of receiving a donation. Four of the organizations, including Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, had no knowledge fundraising drives had taken place.”
The Whole Pantry app team responded to these claims with a statement that said:
“We have, like all start ups, struggled with managing all facets of a new business, biting off more than we could chew, juggling internal and external priorities with little staff. We have since passed our overdue business records and accounts over to an external Business Manager and Accounts team, an issue we are reassured arises often with overwhelmed new businesses. They have been working over our finances for the last five months, and are still proceeding with a resolution in close sight. We were advised by this team to follow their process and allow them to finalize the donations once all business keepings were accounted first and brought forward.”
And while that may seem to explain the missing donations, new allegations are being made that Belle… well… may NOT have cancer. Something which she claimed she had in an Instagram post last summer, writing:
“With frustration and ache in my heart, my beautiful, game-changing community, it hurts me to find space tonight to let you all know with love and strength that I’ve been diagnosed with a third and forth [sic] cancer. One is secondary and the other is primary. I have cancer in my blood, spleen, brain, uterus, and liver. I am hurting.”
However Melbourne neurosurgeon Andrew Kaye isn’t a believer that Gibson is sick and also treating her cancer, successfully, with homemade remedies. He said:
“There is the very occasional case out of many, many thousands that may have a spontaneous regression. ├óΓé¼┬ª But I have never seen that. I wouldn’t believe any of this unless I saw the pathology report with my own eyes and the pathology itself.”
And a former close friend of the blogger’s claims her friends held an intervention with Gibson after they started to doubt what Gibson was saying. The former friend recalled how Gibson told them it was Dr. Phil who diagnosed her! The friend said:
“She admitted her diagnosis was questionable├óΓé¼┬ª I asked her when she got her diagnosis, she said she didn’t know. I asked her who gave her the diagnosis, she said Dr Phil. I asked her where she saw Dr Phil, she said he came and picked [her] up from [her] house.”
And now the cookbook’s publisher Penguin is admitting they never double checked Gibson’s cancer claims. A Penguin spokesperson said:
“We did not feel this was necessary as The Whole Pantry is a collection of food recipes, which Penguin has published in good faith. We are concerned about the questions raised in recent days ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ we’ll discuss them with Belle as ultimately only she can answer the questions.”
Everything seems to be crashing down for Belle as even her app, which was meant to be featured on the Apple Watch, is nowhere in sight in the App store for the Apple Watch.
She has yet to comment about all of this, and until she does speculation will continue to run rampant.
If she did fake her cancer claims, it would probably be best for her to admit and get it over with so she can start dealing with the consequences.
Although, we’re not sure how much of her good name she can salvage at this point if there’s any truth to these accusations.
[Image via Instagram.]