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The Story of the Influencer Who Faked Having Cancer to Sell Her Holistic Lifestyle

Belle Gibson was one of the first social media influencers and used her story of beating terminal brain cancer with a holistic diet to amass a social media following and life-changing brand deals. The only problem is, it was all fake.

The Australian influencer claimed to have been the main provider for her family consisting of an absent father, disabled mother, and autistic brother. She then asserted that she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at the age of 18, choosing to ultimately peruse her own form of treatment after the trauma of chemotherapy. Documenting her experience on Facebook, and launching her own food app, Belle's following grew massively. She appeared on shows, and even had app deals with Apple.

Unfortunately, a story that sounds too good to be true often is, and as her lies perpetuated, eventually the world caught on. This is the story of Belle Gibson's rise and ultimate downfall.
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