Amelia Hamlin was forced to have a breast reduction aged 16 after getting an infection in her left breast.
The model has revealed that she had to undergo surgery when an incident with her nipple piercing caused major swelling in her breast.
The 19-year-old appeared on the Skinny Confidential podcast Him and Her, and explained that she fell from a balcony while at Coachella three years later and ‘caught her nipple piercing’ on something, causing a small wound.
Amelia explained that she often gets strep – a bacterial infection usually found in the throat – when she eats eggs, and she had been ‘eating so many eggs that week’ at the festival.
The star, whose mother is Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna, said: ‘I had a 104 degree fever… my left boob was out to here. I was 16 and had mastitis, whatever the heck that is.’
Mastitis is the inflammation of breast tissue that most commonly occurs in women who are breastfeeding, and causes pain and swelling.
Amelia continued: ‘It was the worst thing I’ve ever been through. I went to the emergency room, they told me, you have a kidney infection.’
However, she later went to a specialist who told her that she didn’t have a kidney infection, but strep in her left breast, and that she was ‘12 hours away from going into sepsis’.
She explained: ‘The nipple piercing being pulled caused a small abrasion in my body. I already had the strep living in my system, and then it went to that part of my body because it was an open wound.
‘When I tell you like my boobs were this big — I didn’t just get those down, like, naturally. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never talked about this, but I had to fully get surgery. I had to get a breast reduction.
‘I think my mom’s gonna kill me but I’ve never said that.’
Amelia said that the infection had made her breasts ‘uneven’, and that her left breast was ‘significantly larger’ due to the swelling before she had the reduction.
Thankfully, the model recovered from the infection.
Amelia hit headlines in the past week after pictures emerged of her walking on the beach with Scott Disick.
The 37-year-old had his arm around Amelia, who was wearing a bikini, sparking rumours that the pair are dating despite their 18-year age gap.
Scott – who has three children with Kourtney Kardashian – recently split from 22-year-old Sofia Richie after three years together.
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