Don’t ask me to feel sorry for Belle Gibson.
But, let’s face it, this turn-about was unlikely motivated by remorse or a burning desire to apologise to the thousands of sick people The Whole Pantry founder conned into believing she had cured her own terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet and positive thinking.
Instead, rumours are swirling that the 24-year-old mother will be paid a five-figure sum for the interview, in which she promises to tell “the whole truth”.
Watch the promo clip here (post continues after video):
Gibson’s empire began to unravel in February this year, when it was revealed she never deposited funds she claimed would be donated to charity. It wasn’t long before Belle admitted she never had cancer to begin with.
In a promotional clip for the interview, journalist Tara Brown rightly asks her: “How can we believe anything you say now?”
Belle responds: “Tara, I have lost everything.”
But that is where she’s wrong.
Belle still has her little boy. She possibly has a five-figure pay cheque, her reward for deceiving a nation. And, most importantly, Belle still has a future.
She is not the victim here.
The actual victims? Are the thousands of people she deceived who have lost everything.
They have lost hope. They have lost the precious, precious time they invested in the snake-oil cure touted by a smiling con-artist. And some have lost their battles with the deadly diseases one wouldn’t wish upon their worst enemy, let alone pretend to have suffered.
See more of Belle Gibson here (post continues after the gallery):