You might have heard of Belle Gibson. You might have even subscribed to her blog a few years ago. The now infamous Australian “wellness blogger” gained popularity after launching her blog in 2013, releasing a hit app called The Whole Pantry, and publishing a bestselling book of the same title.
But Gibson’s heydays are well behind her. After faking having brain cancer, falsely claiming she had cured herself, and failing to donate to charity as she said she would, Gibson has just been fined AUS$410,000 (over US$320,000) for misleading her online followers.
Gibson was very famous on Instagram and Facebook where she talked about her health.
She claimed to have brain cancer and said she had cured herself using natural medicine and an alternative therapy. Gibson talked about the “gerson therapy,” which she falsely claimed could cure cancer and degenerative diseases through dietary changes alone.
But when Gibson released her book, people started seeing loopholes and inconsistencies in her story.
For example, in the preface of the book, Gibson said she had been “stable for two years now with no growth of cancer.” But she had posted on her Facebook page that her cancer had spread to her blood, spleen, and uterus. She also claimed to have heart surgery several times and dying twice on the operating table, but she didn’t appear to have any scars.
The public and the media started questioning Gibson’s claims, and this led to her coming clean.
Gibson confessed to Australia Woman’s Weekly that she never had cancer at all. She was quoted as saying:
“No. None of it’s true. I don’t want forgiveness. I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, ‘Okay, she’s human.'”
This revealed Gibson to be a fraud. And she received a lot of negative reactions, especially from cancer sufferers and their families to whom she gave false hopes.
Gibson has been recently fined by the Melbourne federal court for misleading her readers in another way
The blogger also claimed she was going to donate the proceeds from her app to charity, but no donation ever took place. The fines imposed total up to AUS$410,000, $150,000 of which Gibson has to pay for failing to make her promised donations to the family of a boy who had an inoperable brain tumor.
Gibson has been charged for five separate contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law Act, all relating to her broken promises to donate to charity. She is now being called a modern-day con artist for her elaborate false stories and deception.
Young Boy Skips Usual Summer Activities, Builds His Own Tiny House Instead
A 12-year-old boy builds his very own tiny house and the result is so amazing.
Summer break for young kids would usually mean camping trips, beach vacations, art, music, dance or sports workshops or for some, weeks of stay inside the house to play their favorite video games. It is pretty rare to find kids today who would want to start a new hobby that can be more productive like cooking or gardening, and not to mention learning construction techniques.
Unlike other kids though who enjoy more from playing outside under the sun, this 12-year-old boy found himself bored of doing what normal lads would love to do, and rather stay inside to work on a project. Luke Thill from Iowa did something last summer that’s certainly out of the box. He decided to build a tiny house in his backyard and his finished product is just so amazing that it’s even hard to believe that he did it all by himself.
Luke Thill decided to spend his summer on constructing his own house rather than playing with others of his age.
50 Savage Anarchists Who Just Don’t Give a Damn About Rules!
I bet #16 sums all of these up.
There are rules and regulations that we really need to follow day by day. But as the infamous line says, “rules are made to broken.” This one here is a symbol of rebellion, though it can sometimes mean progress and creativity. Because in one way or another, we all have to push certain boundaries.
In our so-called “orderly world,” we’ve seen a lot of people break rules after rules. Be it in school, work, public places, or even in private establishments – people just don’t give a damn sometimes.
Just like these anarchists. ...
Sneaky Baby Steals Prince Harry’s Popcorn Until He Finds Out
This is literally cuteness overload!
Treason is a very serious act, and its punishment is worth a lifetime in jail. It meant death in the past, though. But when someone cute and amiable does it to a royalty like Prince Harry, well, we can perhaps forgive her, no?
The significant other of actress Meghan Markle was happily watching and eating popcorn from the sidelines during the titular Invictus Games held in Toronto, Canada. Apparently, this lovely angel by the name of Emily Henson took her chance to grab some of the prince’s snack. Albeit to his knowledge, the little girl has already nabbed a number of those mouthwatering freebies. And Harry, unfortunately, was too late for the fiasco.