Australian health blogger Belle Gibson was heavily criticized after she admitted to falsely having cancer and curing her illness through healthy eating and natural therapies.
Gibson, 23, lied to her followers, friends and family about having terminal brain cancer after making a profit from her story.
Last month, it was revealed that Gibson failed to donate $300,000 from the sales of her best-selling app 'The Whole Pantry' to charity as promised, which is when her friends began to question the legitimacy of her diagnosis. However, Victoria Police have said they won’t pursue criminal charges against Gibson.
In an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Gibson, who has a 4-year-old son, outright admitted to lying.
“No. None of it’s true,” Gibson said. “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.”
The publication has speculated that Gibson suffers from a psychological condition called factitious disorder or Munchausen syndrome; sufferers of this syndrome feigns diseases in order to attract attention.
“I think my life has got so many complexities around it and within it, that it’s just easier to assume [I’m lying],” Gibson said. “If I don’t have an answer, then I will sort of theorize it myself and come up with one.”
Gibson has attributed her lying to her “troubled” childhood. According to the blogger, she was forced to take care of herself since the age of five. It was reportedly her job to go grocery shopping, clean the house and make appointments for her brother.
Penguin Australia has since stopped supplying her book and Apple has dropped her app.
Gibson has been in hiding since her story began to unravel.
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