White lies and porky pies 65



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We all know what a white lie is.  It is something you do or say to avoid hurting someone’s feelings or getting in a small amount of trouble.  They are harmless and generally of a trivial nature.  They are not designed to fleece people of their time, emotion or their money.

Someone forgot to tell Belle Gibson’s mum.

Natalie Dal-Bello, estranged mother to the disgraced author, bogus cancer survivor and online health guru, says that everyone tells lies.

As reported by the Herald Sun,  “Belle told a white lie, aged 23-and-a-half. So what?”

“Belle is allowed to tell little porky pies. Who the hell doesn’t tell a lie in their life?

Clearly Ms Dal-Bello’s porky pie register needs recalibration.  Falsely claiming you have cancer in order to promote one’s self, one’s book and one’s charity efforts is not a white lie.  It’s fraud.

A white lie is when little Johnny tells his mum that he brushed his teeth this morning when in fact he really went straight to school. No harm no foul.

A white lie is when you tell say to your husband ‘oh this old frock, I’ve had it for ages’, when you know full well you bought it last week with the matching handbag.

A white lie might be lying about your age, but it most certainly is not claiming to have cured brain cancer (which she didn’t have) using whole foods whilst starting an alternative lifestyle and wellness business from it.

You can apologise for a white lie and most people will move on.  Belle Gibson needs to do a whole lot more than her less than apologetic interview on 60 Minutes, for her once band of merry followers to forgive and forget.

Dal-Bello says “It is time everyone moves on from this and allows Belle to grow and be a mother to her little boy. She should be left alone so she can get her life back on track.”
Maybe a good starting point is a whole-hearted, unfettered apology with a warts and all acceptance of the truth.
Did Belle tell a white lie or was it a whole lot more?  Tell us, at what point does a white lie become a lot more serious? 


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  1. She needs help as clearly she has mental health issued. But, she also committed fraud and caused enormous hurt and suffering that may take a lifetime to amend.

  2. Disgusting behaviour. If she gave her ill gotten gains to a reputable charity and a heart felt apology to those she defrauded, the she would be on the right track. If the mother describes this woman’s deception and cruel treatment of very vulnerable people as white lies, then she is just as bad

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  3. I am not sure we should start labeling people who set out to deceive and make money out of it as mentally ill. If we use this as a guideline Bronwyn Bishop would be placed in a psychiatric ward. This young woman made money out deceiving very sick people

  4. Definitely not a white lie straight out fraud – sounds like a case of like “mother like daughter”

  5. She’s not mentally ill. She deceived people thinking that it is OK to lie to meet your whatever needs. She was brought up in thinking it’s OK to do it, so her mother should be blamed as well and I’m quite sure she was onto it. And now they’re asking us to forgive and forget? Never!

  6. This was no white lie!!! This lie hurt people. This lie was cruel to say the least. Once again a childs behaviour relates back to the parents.

  7. Little children tell little white lies ,your daughter told such a bad lie it did a lot of harm ,if you call that a white lie then you need therapy

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