Please understand that I’m writing to you as a fan. As one who hasn’t given up on you yet, despite the media furore surrounding you. I am trying to suspend judgement until I hear your side of the story. I am eager to keep supporting The Whole Pantry (TWP) philosophy and what you, as its founder and creator, epitomise: nutrition, meditation, positivity, balance and ethics.
I am here Belle, and I am waiting for you. Waiting for you to put up an argument. Waiting for you to plead your case. Waiting for you to say something – anything!- to end this crusade against you.
But still you say nothing and I must admit, your ongoing silence is starting to look damning. You have spoken out, but only to condemn those who’ve publicly gone against you, and to (quite rightly) ask that your young son is left out of all this mess. His safety comes first and you’re right, publishing his daycare details is very bad form.
You stand accused of making up your illness – your brain cancer – and all of the horrid, soul-crippling treatments that go along with that disease.
You stand accused of making up every other cancer you’ve faced thereafter; spleen, blood, uterus and liver….
You stand accused of not giving the charities you pledged to support the money you raised in their name.
Your book is being shredded by your publishers. Your app is no longer launching on the Apple watch. Your empire is crumbling around you.
Where are your words, Belle? You who made yourself so famous for sharing so much about the pain in your life, and never holding back?
Where are your words?
What you created with TWP spoke to people, Belle. It spoke to people like me, who are looking to improve not just their health but their wellbeing. To be conscious of where their food comes from, how it arrives to their plate, what good it is doing to our bodies.
I sincerely hope this isn’t a lie, Belle. I will be so disappointed in you.
I will be so disappointed for you. Because you are still so young. Because you have no family to support you through this, and your friends are abandoning the sinking ship that you command. Because you have a beautiful, lovely son who doesn’t deserve any of this.
Maybe you didn’t think your little App would take off like it did? Maybe you didn’t expect your lie to have to grow, and to have to be sustained? Maybe keeping up with the lie has been eating away at you, in the exact same way that your make-believe cancer would have done?
I’m the daughter of a woman who battled cancer. I’m the daughter of a survivor. I shared your story with my mother and rejoiced for you. I don’t want to have to tell my mother you faked the very sickness that nearly destroyed our lives for your own gain. But maybe she will find some compassion for you, Belle. Maybe she will find some forgiveness. But then again, maybe not. You just don’t mess around with cancer.
My husband asked if I would delete your app and donate your book to charity if the accusations against you are true. I’m in two minds. My daughter eats “superfood pesto” because of you. And almond meal cookies. And “chocolate pudding” that has no sugar. I agree with so many of your healthy living principles. You’ve enriched our lives, but the lie you are rumoured to have told will permanently leave a bitter taste in our mouths when we eat your food moving forward.
I was lured into TWP empire by your story. I bought your app and book because your journey and your recipes inspired me in equal measure.
And now, as a fan, I am begging you to say something. A fan who may just forgive you if you did do this, so long as you explain your reasons, make amends as best you possibly can, and apologise from the deepest part of your soul for profiting off a lie. A lie that shames and disgraces the painful journeys of people who actually are sick.
If you didn’t do this, then say so. Give us proof. If you are a wellness warrior, then fight. Fight these claims. Fight for your beliefs.
And if you DID do this, then own up to your mistake. It’s your only shot at redeeming yourself, because it will take a degree of courage to admit you’ve been profiting off a lie and might just be what saves you in the long run.
Whatever it is you choose to say, say something. It’s time to show your followers some respect and tell us the whole truth about your pantry.
What are your thoughts on the Belle Gibson controversy? Are you going to read the Open Letter she is promising?