Lively got quite the pre-birthday surprise, but it wasn't one that she'd like to ever have again. The actress revealed that just days before her birthday on Monday, Aug. 25, she was attacked by bees.
Lively took to her website to recall her encounter with the bees, and made jokes about her "bee day" and what it was like turning another year older.
"I spent the week leading up to my big day shooting content for Preserve's coming months," Lively wrote. "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.
"But this felt terrible," the Gossip Girl beauty confessed. "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."
However, turning 27 years old luckily doesn't mean that your body rapidly changes and your butt, neck, legs, back and forehead start to hurt. Whew!
"I don't know enough about insects to say if they were wasps, honeybees or Mother Nature's miniature flying Tasers," Lively joked. "What I do know, is that just moments before we were in the midst of a gorgeous fall fashion shoot. Now, I was a Monty Python sketch; running at top speed in no particular direction, whipping my arms and hands around like I'd just discovered they were growing out of my shoulders without my previous knowledge."
However, Lively is quite OK now, and although her little essay was amusing to read, we are very glad that she is doing better and hope there is no butt-deflating in the future.
"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 wrote.
"It took a swarm of bees to remind me that a b-day is nothing but a number," Lively added. "Each day I choose my age. Today it's 27, going on 2."
A statement that Lively echoed with a quote by George Bernard Shaw:
"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."
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