Natalie Dal-Bello slammed her daughter’s dishonesty and shut-down claims that she’d experienced a difficult childhood, saying the wellness blogger ‘needs to say sorry’, during an interview with Australian Women’s Weekly.
Aside from telling social media followers and media publications that she had brain cancer that had spread to other vital organs, the 23-year-old claimed to have been the primary carer for her mother who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and a brother with autism, before leaving home at just 12.
‘What a lot of rubbish – Belle never cared for me, her brother is not autistic and she’s barely done a minute’s housework in her life,’ Mrs Dal-Bello, who confirmed that she did have Multiple Sclerosis, told Australian Women’s Weekly.
‘I’ve practically worked myself into an early grave to give that girl everything she wanted in life.’
The 54-year-old, who said she had not spoken to Ms Gibson for four years, suggested her daughter should commit herself to cancer related charity work over the next few years and confessed she was stunned by her daughter’s lack of apology.
‘There doesn’t appear to be any remorse,’ Mrs Dal-Bello said, adding ‘I’ve never seen her cry in her life. I’m not even sure she’s capable of empathy.’
Both Mrs Dal-Bello and Ms Gibson’s brother Nick, 26, said they had not known of her rise to online fame until their grandmother notified them.
They said they were ‘disgusted’, ‘hurt’ and ’embarrassed’ by the lies and confirmed that while Ms Gibson had indeed left home at 12, the only medical condition she had ever suffered from was a heart problem.
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- Over 300,000 people have downloaded the app since its release
- The company failed to donate $300,000 that was promised to charities
- The app costs $3.79AUD in Australia
- Last year it was announced the app will be presented on the Apple Watch, which will come out on April 24, 2015 in Australia
But other aspects of her childhood, and even her mother’s own misleading and constantly changing claims to Women’s Weekly, paint a confusing picture of Ms Gibson’s past.
Mrs Dal-Bello, who first claimed that she was 51-years-old and that her current husband was Ms Gibson’s father, quickly refuted her own comments.
She later admitted that Ms Gibson and her brother did not know who their father was when they were children, had moved numerous times during their childhood and that her daughter had moved into a 60-year-old man’s apartment in her early teens.
These strange revelations, and Mrs Dal-Bello’s own struggle to be honest, offer only a minute glimpse into Ms Gibson’s history and her mysterious way of thinking.
The wellness blogger was a prominent Australian social media personality whose Instagram fan base ballooned after she ‘revealed’ she had prolonged her life by embracing an alternative lifestyle.
Her ‘whole foods’ business became famously successful, Penguin published her recipe book and her app was to be offered on the Apple Watch.
But it all fell apart after revelations emerged Ms Gibson had failed to fulfil promised donations to various charities.
Friends then began to cast doubts about her cancer diagnoses, leading her to tearfully ‘admit’ that she may have been ‘misdiagnosed’ by a ‘Dr Phil’ before finally coming clean.
‘No. None of it is true,’ she said, during a series of interviews published in the Australian Women’s Weekly.
In the interviews – which questioned her relationship with the truth and her understanding of cancer – Gibson said she was not seeking forgiveness.
‘I don’t want forgiveness. I just think (it) was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, ‘Okay, she’s human’.
In the article, titled ‘My Lifelong Struggle With The Truth’, Ms Gibson also said she had been forced to raise herself from the day she started school.
She said she took upon common household responsibilities, such as bringing her brother to school and making lunches.
But she would not provide her mother’s name or contact details to the magazine.