Blake Lively has revealed that she was left swollen and in agony after being attacked by bees.
In a blog post on her new lifestyle website Preserve, the former Gossip Girl star explained that the drama occurred on a shoot she was completing prior to her 27th birthday celebrations.
"Just yesterday, the final day of the shoot, I felt an electric shock of energy - was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older? Was it nerves? Why did it feel like agony? I like getting older... I think," Lively wrote. "But this felt terrible. Does your butt quite suddenly (and painfully) deflate when you turn 27?
"Because mine hurt like hell …then my neck, back, legs and forehead. And oh my hands! They were shriveling. It felt like I was being shot by dozens of tiny invisible darts. I felt like the Wicked Witch, melting, melting, burning, melting. As it happens, I wasn't being greeted by the onset of spontaneous aging, but rather a full-fledged bee day. Attacked. All over. Everywhere."
Lively compared the attack to a "Monty Python sketch" as she ended up screaming and "running at top speed in no particular direction".
"I was shaken. I was swollen. I had to stop what I was doing to recuperate and/or shrink," she added, before revealing that she had decided to then aid her recovery by throwing a "fake 27th birthday party" for herself.
"It wasn't until I covered the counters in coordinating candy sprinkles that I stopped to acknowledge: my butt will deflate more and more, my hands will shrivel and permanently prune, but I will never, ever grow up," she concluded. "It took a swarm of bees to remind me that a b-day is nothing but a number. Each day I choose my age. Today it's 27, going on 2."