Do you think Belle Gibson should face legal punishment for her lies? Well, she doesn’t.
The disgraced wellness blogger is adamant she will escape punishment for lying about having brain cancer in a bid to help build her empire.
A year after being publicly outed as a charlatan and fraud, The Whole Pantry founder said she was not worried about the pending Consumer Affairs Victoria investigation.
Asked if she had already been charged for duping her 200,000-plus followers, many of whom were cancer sufferers looking for hope, she said: “Of course not.”
And when questioned on whether she thought she’d ever face charges, the social media entrepreneur said: “No, I don’t think I will.”
Ms Gibson’s wellness app, which promotes the curative powers of a holistic lifestyle, remains available on Android devices through the Google Play Store for $2.99. It has not been updated, but is touted as having been downloaded more than 10,000 times.
The app was scrapped by Apple last year when it was revealed Ms Gibson’s cancer claims were a lie.
Ms Gibson admitted they were a fabrication in an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly.
“No. None of it’s true,” she confessed. “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 blogger said the public backlash against her had been “horrible”.
“In the last two years I have worked every single day living and raising up an online community of people who supported each other,” she said. “I understand the confusion and the suspicion, but I also know that people need to draw a line in the sand where they still treat someone with some level of respect or humility. I have not been receiving that.”
In June of last year, Ms Gibson sat down with 60 Minutes’ Tara Brown for a more confrontational interview.
Ms Brown hammered the shamed health guru, asking: “Do you accept that you’re a pathological liar?”
“No,” Ms Gibson replied. “I’ve not been intentionally untruthful. I’ve been completely open when speaking about what was my reality and what is my reality now. It doesn’t match your normal or your reality.”
Ms Gibson maintained that she was a victim and that she didn’t intentionally deceive anyone.
“I’m not trying to get away with anything. I’m not trying to smooth over anything. It’s not easy for me to be here,” she said.
“Once I figured out where I stood and I’d received the definitive ‘you don’t have cancer’ … it was traumatising.
“I was feeling a huge amount of grief. That I had been lied to and that I had been taken for a ride.”