Bethany Storro was embraced as the face of resilience this month when she survived a stranger's vicious acid attack and showed the world her disfiguring burns.
But now, police say, she did the damage to herself.
Storro, 28, made headlines when she reported being the victim of a horrific attack inflicted by a stranger.
A woman approached her with a cup, Storro said, taunting, "Hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?" before throwing acid on her face.
The pretty Vancouver native immediately received an outpouring of support, appearing on numerous morning shows and getting well wishes from Facebook groups like "Send hugs to Bethany Storro."
But now, police say, Storro has admitted there was no attacker.
"Several discrepancies began to emerge regarding the alleged attack," Vancouver Police Chief Clifford Cook told The Associated Press. Ultimately, as police continued to investigate, "Ms. Storro admitted the injuries were self-inflicted."
At the time, Storro described the attack in heart-rending detail.
"It was the most painful thing ever," she said from the hospital. "My heart stopped. It ripped through my clothing the instant it touched my shirt; I could feel it burning through my second layer of skin."
She also offered information about her assailant, though she kept the details vague.
"I have never, ever seen this girl in my entire life," Storro said at the time. "When I first saw her, she had this weirdness about her - like jealousy, rage."
Just a week ago, Storro held another press conference, reiterating that she wanted to find her attacker.
"I have no enemies," she said. "In time I'm going to forgive her. Then I can move on."
Cook says he doesn't know why Storro hurt herself and created such an elaborate lie, but that she is "very remorseful."