Gluten-Free Girl has a shop up on her site to sell that Kickstarter flour she was going to produce. 2 1/2 lbs of her super special flour will cost you about $26 with shipping. That seems reasonable.
Young House Love‘s second book Lovable Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You is evidently going forward despite the closure of their blog. It is up for pre-order on Amazon.
Love Taza begins encroaching on World Famous Author Natalie Jean’s Brooklyn Hipster kingdom by announcing she’s ‘in Williamsburg’ working on ‘something exciting’.
Super successful blogger The Feminist Breeder is having a personal debate about whether to accept a real job or continue being broke and selling off her stuff on craigslist.
Some fashion blogger named Mimi G is taking herself on a “multi-city tour” to teach you how to be a successful blogger. I’ve never heard of her, so I will not be signing up.
And CecilyK, ‘snackable content’ expert, will be taking her hair to NMX in order to speak about being a successful content marketer. Because when people think of success, they think of Cecily Kellogg for sure.
The Whole Pantry, the app and community created by magical mystery cancer lady Belle Gibson, appears to be unraveling. The app is apparently no longer found on the Apple App Store – and publisher Penguin has pulled the ‘Whole Pantry’ book.
…we have been left with no other option but to stop supplying the book in Australia. We remain hopeful that we will receive the formal assurances we have requested in the coming days…
Since Belle’s instagram has been emptied of photos and the Whole Pantry facebook page seems to be unavailable, media outlets can only continue to wait for some sort of statement from Belle about what exactly is going on.
Taza, of the von Derp Family Performers, is taking a break from sponsored food box posts to faff around Hawaii on a sponsored trip to some resort. While there, she shoved her daughter up to a captive dolphin because vacation or no, the show must go on.
I won’t get into my feelings about this sort of thing, but hey, the dolphin got some fish afterwards. So at least someone is getting paid for their performance, right?
I received a lovely gift today – a copy of ‘Hey Natalie Jean’, the world tour worthy freshman book effort by the blogger formerly known as Nat the Fat Rat. Because I so enjoy drinking and falling on grenades for my GOMI hamily, I will now proceed to use my day off to read this with a bottle or five of prosecco and update this post in real time with my thoughts, including pictures. Just keep on hitting refresh – I’ll get the first part up and then continue updating as I read. Off we go!
On to the TL;DR…
Belle Gibson, who has apparently built an empire based on fixing her cancer with food, is now being scrutinized for her repeated claims of having malignant cancer.
Belle took her social media fame and launched an app, The Whole Pantry. Since the world just loves doomed pretty women (there’s a reason La bohème keeps getting adapted, folks) Belle became a darling of the Australian HLB scene. She was able to spin the app into a book deal. In the midst of her increasingly dramatic claims of cancer spreading to multiple organs, Belle went on tours and speaking gigs to push her ‘brand’.
But after her book was published people started asking some questions about Belle’s ‘cancer’. Bloggers started questioning her claims. Her friends and fans suddenly started demanding medical proof of her multiple cancers – according to Belle, a malignant brain tumor which last year ‘spread’ to her liver, kidneys, blood, spleen, brain and uterus. When the publisher of her book came forward to admit they never really even checked out her stories, all glorious thundering hell broke loose. Friends are no longer holding back and are revealing odd social media spins she’s been doing for years.
She would post on social media that she’s been at doctor’s appointment all day but really she was just going to the dentist … she got her veneers done. She would make it sound like it was for cancer-related illness.
Belle is now claiming she was ‘misdiagnosed’ and since she apparently can’t or won’t even name the doctors she’s been seeing for all this alleged cancer, basically no one believes her any longer. She’s being examined by Consumer Affairs in Victoria over claims she failed to hand over proceeds raised for charity. She is now being referred to as the “previous Managing Director” by the Whole Pantry people.
So there goes that. Another personal lifestyle brand built on a house of cards collapses on itself. I just don’t understand why someone would fake having cancer. In this day and age how can they expect to get away with it forever? But hey, scrubbing the internet means it never happened…right?