Belle Gibson is an Australian blogger and app developer who rose to fame last 2015 through her alternate health program that made her conquer diseases. However, her cancer story was found out to be something made up, according to Federal Court of Australia judge Debbie Mortimer.
Gibson may have suffered delusions about her health status, but there was never an official diagnosis that she had cancer.
Her appeal to pity about her having a terrible disease i.e. cancer urged charities to donate to her. The money she gathered was essential for the publication of her book, The Whole Pantry, a cookbook in contract with Latern Books.
The Australian court sentenced her guilty of fraud for deceiving her followers for profit. It was also been reported that Gibson lives in an extravagant lifestyle like renting an upscale uptown apartment, driving a luxurious car, leasing an expensive office space, undergoing dental and cosmetic surgeries, traveling internationally during holidays, and wearing designer clothes.
Belle Gibson previously narrated that she cured cancer through Ayurvedic medicine, oxygen therapy and a gluten and refined sugar-free diet. She wrote her inputs in her app and cookbook and promise that the success of The Whole Pantry will be shared to charities, but that never happened.
Because of the seemingly nontransparent return of funds, smoke of her deception slowly comes out from the small cracks created by doubt. Eventually, she admitted her fault.
Sad stories are often used by malicious bloggers to gain sympathy and donation funds from charitable organizations.
Credits to BBC News