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Wellness Blogger Admits She Lied About Brain Cancer

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Belle Gibson, the Australian wellness blogger who claimed she overcame terminal brain cancer thanks to a healthy diet, has admitted that she made the entire thing up. The Australian Women's Weekly interviewed Gibson and asked if she had or had ever had cancer, and she replied: "No. None of it’s true."

"I don't want forgiveness," Gibson told the Weekly. "I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, 'Okay, she's human.'"

Gibson gained worldwide fame and more than 200,000 Instagram followers thanks to her story. She was about to publish her cookbook The Whole Pantry in the US when the press started to investigate her health claims and her assertion that she donated 25% of her app's sales to charity. Now Gibson tells the Weekly that she's still passionate about avoiding gluten, dairy, and coffee, but she doesn't really understand how cancer works.