Last night in an exclusive 60 minutes interview Belle Gibson was given the chance to come clean. After being exposed in recent months for profiting on the back of lie and giving false hope to terminally ill cancer patients via her wellness empire, the disgraced food blogger instead insisted that she was the victim.
“I’ve not been intentionally untruthful,” she told journalist and reporter Tara Brown after insisting that she was led to believe by immunologist and neurologist, “Mark Johns,” – yet to be confirmed by records – that she had terminal brain cancer.
Describing her diagnosis, Gibson argued: “He went to my home and did a series of tests. There was a machine with lights on the front. There are two metal pads, one below the chair and one behind your back, measuring frequencies and then he said to me that I had a stage four brain tumour and that I had four months to live.
“At the time, I believed I was having radio therapy. When he gave me medication, I was told it was oral chemotherapy and I believed it.”
According to 60 minutes, the evidence provided by Gibson didn’t stack up – and Brown, who was relentless in trying to get to the truth, was quick to call her out by consistently challenging the 23-year-old to “just be honest.” At one point she even asked: “Do you accept that you’re a pathological liar?” only to be met with a firm “no” from Belle.
Giving the disgraced entrepreneur a lashing, easily likened to that of the literal terminology, the reporter insisted that Gibson had a history of claiming dramatic health problems including three heart operations, two cardiac arrests and a death on the operating table.
Proving that she’s either in way over her head, or that she does in fact have a serious mental health issue, Belle continued to insist that she believed she was dying of cancer until earlier this year.
“I’m not trying to get away with anything. I’m not trying to smooth over anything,” she said. “It’s not easy for me to be here.”
“Once I received the definite, ‘No, you do not have cancer,’ that was something I had to come to terms with and it was really traumatising and I was feeling a huge amount of grief,” she said.
What’s more, Gibson was given an out more than once in the interview. In one part, Brown said: “I just wonder, Belle, if – and I don’t know if you’re at a stage where you’ll ever admit it – but whether you just didn’t know what you were getting yourself into. You probably thought you weren’t doing any harm … you thought you could get away with it.”
The 23-year-old replied: “There was nothing to get away with, Tara.” She also denied, or more so wouldn’t accept, that she might have Munchausen syndrome, a mental disorder in which someone pretends to suffer physically or psychologically to get attention. So this raises the question: Is Belle Gibson’s mental health issue far more complex than initially comprehended?
The final indicator being that the former entrepreneur couldn’t give a definitive answer to a simple question regarding her age. While her birth records, according to 60 minutes, show that she is 23, , she said: “I’ve always been raised as being currently a 26-year-old,”
This then prompted Brown to ask: “This is a really, really simple question. How old are you?” to which Gibson replied: “That’s probably a question we’ll have to keep digging for.”
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