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She built her ‘The Whole Pantry’ wellness community on the claim alternative therapies, detoxes and cutting out meat, gluten and dairy had cured her of five forms of cancer. Inspired by her story, many followed her advice and chose alternative therapies over conventional methods to treat their cancer.
In March, her claims of ever having had cancer were called into question, and after a frustrating silence were finally confirmed in an interview with the Australian Women’s Weekly. Tonight, the “disgraced” Gibson was interviewed again on 60 Minutes — for a reported five figure sum – and the bizarre depths of her deception were uncovered.
“I am really sorry. It hurts me and I beat myself up. For all those I’ve hurt who mean a lot to me,” the mother-of-one told reporter Tara Brown, marking her first public apology for misleading her many followers.
However, Gibson claimed didn’t “trade in [her] story or in other people’s lives”, and claimed she hadn’t intentionally lied about her experiences because she truly believed she was living with a terminal illness, and that alternative therapies were making her feel better.
“I have not been intentionally untruthful. I’ve been openly speaking about what was my reality and what is my reality today – it doesn’t match your normal or your reality,” she told Brown.
“Nobody wants to live with the fear of a terminal illness or dying. I lived for years with the fear I was dying and that was horrible.” (Post continues after gallery.)
Although she took responsibility for “how this has unfolded”, Gibson also denied the commonly-held belief she is a pathological liar, or suffering from mental illness or Munchausen syndrome – a psychological disorder where people feign illness or trauma in order to gain attention or sympathy.
“I’ve been really transparent … I’m not trying to get away with anything, and I’m not trying to smooth things over. It’s not easy for me to relive the details,” she told Brown.
‘Healing Belle’, as Gibson came to be know, rose to prominence in 2009 when Gibson claimed a cervical cancer vaccine caused her to have a stroke and then develop a terminal brain tumour. According to Gibson, a doctor called Dr Mark Johns told her she had just four months to live, which is when she turned to alternative therapies such as detoxes and oxygen treatments to overcome her illness.
However, Gibson admits there was no doctors’ office – this ‘diagnosis’ was delivered in her loungeroom, using a “box with lights on it” that monitored her “frequencies”. To top it off, there’s no evidence to suggest immunologist and neurologist “Dr Mark Johns” is a qualified expert… or even exists.