Every so often a story comes along that is so utterly despicable that you can’t believe it really happened. This truly is one of those stories. Australian Instagrammer and blogger Belle Gibson lied about having FIVE different types of cancer, in order to sell a cookbook and app, which contained recipes and remedies that she claimed she was using to miraculously fix her fake illnesses. In the end she told her followers that she had completely beaten cancer using only clean-eating and these nonsense concoctions.
Her Instagram account @healing_belle has now been privatized and all the posts have been removed. Belle, full name Annabelle, has been ordered by a federal court in Melbourne to repay $410,000 to the state of Victoria. She did not show up to any of the court proceedings and also did not present any evidence.
It’s hard to exaggerate the damage she has done. Aside from the appalling lies about having – and beating – cancer, she has also fleeced countless actually sick people into buying her fake remedies. She has put them at risk for the sake of her own profits, in a shocking display of selfishness.