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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Belle Gibson: "No, none of it is true" - 'The Australian Women's Weekly' REPORT

In explosive news just in, Belle Gibson - described as a 'disgraced wellness blogger' - has admitted she lied about having cancer and curing her illness with healthy eating and natural therapies.

Speaking about the controversy for the first time in an exclusive interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Gibson was asked if she has, or has ever had cancer.
“No. None of it’s true,” she confessed to the magazine. See the magazine's teaser link here, ahead of the sale of the magazine tomorrow.
“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.
In the article, The Australian Women's Weekly speculates that Belle suffers from a psychological condition called factitious disorder or Munchausen syndrome — where sufferers feign disease or illness to gain attention.
The 23 year old was accused of fabricating her terminal brain cancer diagnosis and profiting from her story via her wellness app and book, 'The Whole Pantry.'

Belle Gibson. Photo credit: Facebook
When last month it was revealed Gibson did not donate $300,000 from the sales of her app to charity as promised, and her friends had started to question the legitimacy of her story, the rumours and accusations started. Her book - which went on sale in Australia in October 2014 - was pulped (although some copies are still available at various bookstores), and the release of the UK and US edition of the book was halted. Her app - a default app included on the about to be released Apple Watch - was scrapped from the highly anticipated new device. Since then, Belle Gibson has not spoken to the media - until now.
(It has also been reported that earlier this month, Victoria Police said they would not pursue criminal charges against Gibson).

Here is the publicly available photo, just posted by the magazine on Twitter, of the opening double page spread of the story:

For the whole story, buy the May edition of The Australian Women's Weekly, on sale from tomorrow (Thursday) for four weeks. You can also download the whole magazine online.

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