Belle Gibson: Brother breaks silence on 60 Minutes about the harrowing impact the notorious cancer faker’s lies have had on his life- as he reveals another side to the conwoman

The estranged brother of infamous cancer fraudster Belle Gibson has candidly opened up about he really thinks of her in a rare tell-all interview.

Gibson was fined $410,000 by the Federal Court in 2017 for lying about having cancer while promoting her Whole Pantry app and cookbook. 

She claimed to have cured her terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet and encouraged others, to swap conventional medicine for natural remedies.

Belle launched an app, The Whole Pantry in 2013 and securing a book deal with Penguin Random House, before it was revealed she had never been diagnosed with cancer. 

Seven years on, it’s understood the fine is yet to be paid due to massive personal debts, which may have spiralled to more than $500,000 with interest.

Nick Gibson broke his silence about his younger sister in an interview aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday night as he opened up about the heavy toll her lies have personally affected him.

He believed his sister will ‘never tell the truth’ and that she should spend a stint behind bars to get the ‘wake-up call’ she needs.

Nick Gibson (left) has opened up about his sister Belle (right)  in a tell-all interview

‘It actually makes me sick,’ Mr Gibson told reporter Dimity Clancey.

‘No respect, she thinks of herself. It’s not good enough!

‘Go to prison and have a think about what she’s done.’

He said he never thought that Belle was capable of orchestrating a scheme, that resulted in people who believed in her wellness regime to lose thousands of dollars. 

Mr Gibson believed that she has no plans to pay back the fine. 

”She knows what she’s done and said, it’s completely wrong, it’s embarrassing,’ Mr Gibson said. 

He said he would return all the money to the people his sister defrauded himself if he had the funds to pay them back. 

‘I’ve got a heart, and if I had every single family she’s hurt in front of me right now, I’ll be saying sorry to them,’ he said.

Mr Gibson was frustrated by the attempts made by his sister to justify that she had cancer in a previous 60 Minutes interview back in 2016.

‘I’m angry. I don’t like that ‘hate’ word but sometimes I feel like turning around to her and saying, ‘Belle, I hate you,’ he said.

‘I hated myself and I didn’t want to be around. I was shy, placid and I didn’t like to be out in public just because of things she said.’

He added that her actions have profoundly affected his sense of being and the way he is perceived by others, having spent the last eight years trying to show others that he’s nothing like Belle.

‘She’s stuffed it up real bad. I’ve had to go through counselling myself,’ Mr Gibson said.

‘I don’t like to be in public, I’ve had people come up to me and ask me questions and they think I’m like her when I’m nothing like her.’ 

Nick (pictured) said that being Belle Gibson's brother has had a heavy toll

Nick (pictured) said that being Belle Gibson’s brother has had a heavy toll

Belle Gibson has been urged by her brother to apologise to the people who fell for her lives

Belle Gibson has been urged by her brother to apologise to the people who fell for her lives

Mr Gibson said he’s ‘broken’ and that he hopes his sister understands the pain and anguish her callous actions have caused him. 

‘My kids see me hurting as well,’ he said.

Mr Gibson urged his sister to apologise to the people who fell for her lies.

‘I just want Belle to come forward and say sorry to the families she’s ripped off and hurt, and also pay the fine as she’s been asked to,’ he said.  

Mr Gibson also dismissed claims that Belle, who he has not had any contact with for several years, had multiple heart operations, died twice on the operating table, and suffered a cardiac arrest on two separate occasions- claims that she made in her 2016 interview. 

‘Not that I know off, no,’ he said. 

‘I was sitting in the lounge room and it came on and I was shocked, I was thinking to myself, ‘is that even Belle? Is that my sister?” 

Despite her actions, he would not go as far as saying he wished Belle was not his sister. 

‘She’s still my sister,’ he said. 

‘She’s done some bad things but she’s done some nice things as well.

‘She loves kids. She does have a heart when she wants to.’

In February, cancer fraudster Belle Gibson unleashed on a reporter who asked when she planned to repay debts believed to have ballooned to $500,000 since 2017

In February, cancer fraudster Belle Gibson unleashed on a reporter who asked when she planned to repay debts believed to have ballooned to $500,000 since 2017

Earlier this year, Ms Gibson spoken publicly for the first time since her infamous tell-all interview with 60 Minutes in 2016. 

She was filling up her Subaru Forester at a petrol station in Melbourne’s northern suburbs in February when she was ambushed by A Current Affair.

Reporter Sam Cucchiara repeatedly asked Gibson about the outstanding fine, the reasons why it hadn’t yet been paid, and whether she had a message or apology for those she had defrauded.

‘Is it time to pay the fine, Belle?’ Cucchiara asked. 

Gibson, who was wearing a Nike sweatshirt, a long black skirt and large sunglasses, claimed they ‘knew’ she couldn’t afford to pay her debts as she pleaded for ‘humanity’.

‘I haven’t paid things because I can’t afford to,’ the former wellness warrior hit back. 

‘I can’t get into the workplace.’

She attempted to walk away from the reporter, before announcing, ‘That’s it.’ 

‘I’m just here to get petrol,’ Gibson raged. 

‘I don’t appreciate you following me with my son. If you want to ask questions you’ve got my phone number, you’ve got my email, that’s it.’

She also pleaded for Cucchiara to meet with her privately.

Cucchiara asked Gibson if she would like to apologise to the people who had believed her natural remedies would cure their cancer. 

‘Is it time to apologise to these people, Belle? It’s been a long time. Surely they deserve some sort of apology from you?’ he asked. 

Gibson chose to remain silent as she continued to pump petrol into her car before walking inside. 

Gibson (pictured in 2021) was fined more than $400,000 in 2017 after her cancer hoax came undone, a fine which is yet to be paid because of her massive personal debts

Gibson (pictured in 2021) was fined more than $400,000 in 2017 after her cancer hoax came undone, a fine which is yet to be paid because of her massive personal debts

Belle Johnston reached out to Gibson in desperation after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at about the same age as the fraudster. 

Despite being broke at the time, she purchased Gibson’s book in the hopes her natural remedies would cure her disease.

Ms Johnston slammed Gibson’s refusal to pay up and renewed calls for a personal apology.

‘Offering hope to people who are literally dying is just so cruel,’ she said.  

‘I think on one side [Gibson] is a manipulative, horrible person, but on the other side of it there’s something so fundamentally sad about her as well that I just pity it.

‘I’d like an apology at the bare minimum.’

Gibson (pictured outside Melbourne's Federal Court) gained international fame after she falsely claimed to have cured her terminal brain with natural remedies

Gibson (pictured outside Melbourne’s Federal Court) gained international fame after she falsely claimed to have cured her terminal brain with natural remedies

Aside from briefly joining and raising money for an Ethiopian diaspora group in 2018, Gibson has managed to keep out of the spotlight in recent years. 

Before she was outed as a fraud, Gibson boasted about how her healthy diet had cured her terminal cancer, claiming she ‘gave up on conventional treatment when it was making my cancer more aggressive and started treating myself naturally’.

She also claimed to have helped others down the same path of unproven and unconventional treatment ‘countless times… for everything from fertility, depression, bone damage and other types of cancer’.

The Whole Pantry was downloaded more than 200,000 times in its first month, leading to it being voted Apple’s Best Food and Drink App of 2013. It was a pre-loaded app on the Apple Watch at launch and secured Gibson a book deal.

The scam made $440,000 in three years, according to a 2017 Federal Court case. 

Despite the lucrative business and awards, Gibson was all but destitute by the time the case was determined.

A letter exclusively obtained by Daily Mail Australia from her to Victoria’s Justice Department at the time stated she had just $5,000 to her name and was drowning under the weight of $170,000 in personal debts.

Gibson explained she was indebted to BMW Finance for more than $50,000, had maxed out an ANZ credit card for $30,000 and owed more than $90,000 in ‘another personal debt… all of which I can not pay’.

‘Consequently, I am not able to pay the amounts ordered by Justice Mortimer [the Federal Court judge presiding over her case],’ her letter read.

She concluded the letter, dated November 14, 2017, by asking the government to approach her accountant directly in the future, ‘given my current health’.

Gibson’s rented white-picketed home in Melbourne’s northern suburbs was twice raided by the sheriff in 2020 and 2021 in an attempt to recoup her unpaid fines.

On the day of the 2020 raid, footage surfaced of Gibson wearing a headscarf and going by the moniker ‘Sanbontu’ in a Melbourne Ethiopian community.

She told a reporter from an African news outlet that she had been adopted by the community after volunteering with them for more than four years.

This claim was rebuked just hours later by the Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria’s president, Tarekegn Chimdi.

Mr Chimdi said Gibson was ‘not a community member and she’s also not working with the community’, claiming she had only been seen at events a handful of times.

Belle Gibson’s fake cancer saga: How it happened 

Police have twice raided her white-picketed rental home in Melbourne's north to 'recoup' some of her unpaid fines

Police have twice raided her white-picketed rental home in Melbourne’s north to ‘recoup’ some of her unpaid fines

October 1991: Belle Gibson is born

May 2009: Gibson claims to have undergone multiple operations on her heart and also momentarily died on the operating table

July 2009: Gibson claims that a doctor diagnosed her with terminal brain cancer and that she only had four months to live

Early 2013: She launches an Instagram account (@healing_belle) and accompanying website sharing healthy, wholefood recipes

Mid 2013:  Gibson releases an app of her recipes called Whole Food Pantry

Mid-2014: Gibson begins working with Apple on the development of an Apple Watch-specific platform for the app

November 2014: Cosmopolitan honours Gibson with a Fun, Fearless, Female award in the social media category

March 2015: The Age newspaper releases an investigation into Gibson’s claims of donating proceeds to charity

April 2015: Women’s Weekly publishes an interview with Gibson, where she admits that she never had brain cancer: ‘None of it’s true’

May 2015: Victoria’s consumer watchdog launches legal proceedings against Gibson’s false claims of defeating cancer by way of a wholefood diet

June 2015: Gibson gives a TV interview with 60 Minutes, where she claims that she’s ‘not trying to get away with anything’ 

March 2017: A Federal Court Judge describes Gibson as having a ‘relentless obsession with herself and what serves her best interests’

September 2017: Gibson is fined $410,000 by the Federal Court for her false claims of charitable donations

June 2019: Almost two years after she was ordered to pay the fine, Gibson tells the court: ‘I’m not in a position to pay a $410,000 fine at this stage’

December 2019: Consumer Affairs Victoria quietly issues a warrant ‘of seizure or sale’ against Gibson

January 22, 2020: Sheriff executes a ‘seize and sell’ warrant on Gibson’s Northcote home, following inquiries from Daily Mail Australia

January 23, 2020: Daily Mail Australia reveals she has been ‘adopted’ by an Ethiopian group called the Oromo

May 2021: Authorities raid Gibson’s Northcote home to recoup over $500,000 in ‘fines, penalties and interest’

August 2021: She is disowned by the Oromo community in Melbourne