The ‘St Kilda Schoolgirl’ who was involved in one of the biggest scandals in AFL history 10 years ago has revealed she’s been given a shock new cancer diagnosis.
Kimberley Ametoglou (nee Duthie) said on Tuesday doctors found a ‘rare’ tumour during surgery which she underwent last week as she battled cervical cancer.
The 27-year-old said the diagnosis left her ‘devastated’ but she was ‘staying positive’.
Kimberley Ametoglou (nee Duthie), posted news to her Instagram account on Tuesday that a new, ‘rare’ and ‘unrelated’ tumour was found during surgery on her cervical cancer
‘When I was under last week during surgery they found a rare tumour completely unrelated and I have been diagnosed with cancer again,’ Ms Ametoglou wrote on Instagram.
‘I am about to go into surgery to mark up margins and measure the size of the cancerous mass.’
Ms Ametoglou thanked her followers and said she’d ‘see them all once she’s out’.
Later on Tuesday, she posted: ‘Waiting for my surgeon. Thank you all for the beautiful kind words – it’s just what I needed to read before going under again.’
Ms Ametoglou (nee Duthie) posted the shocking news that an unrelated cancerous tumour had been found on Tuesday
Ms Ametoglou (nee Duthie), revealed she would be undergoing a ‘major surgery’ for cervical cancer in 2020
In 2010, scandal engulfed the St Kilda Football Club and clients of player manager Ricky Nixon when Ms Ametoglou released nude photos of some of the side’s biggest stars.
She also posted a photo of a semi-naked Nixon in a hotel room which was taken when she was aged 17.
At the time she said she felt disrespected, hurt and isolated by players. She later admitted the scandal was ‘one of the biggest mistakes of my life’.
Last month, the expiry of non-disclosure agreements Ms Ametoglou signed meant she could finally reveal her experiences in a book she planned to write.
‘Finally speaking my truth,’ she recently wrote on Instagram.
Kimberley Ametoglou (nee Duthie) became known as the ‘St Kilda schoolgirl’ after making headlines by leaking nude photos of AFL players online
Kimberley Ametoglou, née Duthie, (left) with her husband, Demirel Ametoglou, (right) who is 27 years her senior
‘Overwhelmed with interest in my book from last night’s sneak peak story. This is one of the most challenging things I have ever done, reminiscing on past traumas and a time in my life that I was at absolute rock bottom.
‘I wanted to be able to share what I couldn’t say 10 years ago during many TV interviews.’
She warned her followers to expect graphic content in the new book as she wanted to be ‘transparent’ with her readers.
‘NDA contracts have finally expired now it’s 2021 and it’s my chance to finally close a chapter,’ she said.
‘This is my story… So I can finally recover and gain closure.’
Since news of her book plans was released, Ametoglou announced she was preparing to reunite with her strip club owner husband, Demirel, after 14 months apart.
Demirel is 27 years her senior and the father to her four-year-old son Zac.
‘We FaceTime every single day for probably like four, five hours a day. [We] speak on the phone all day,’ she revealed in a video on her Instagram Stories.
When Ms Ametoglou (nee Duthie) was 17 years old, she became embroiled in a hotel scandal with AFL player manager Ricky Nixon
Ms Ametoglou (nee Duthie) pictured during a 60 Minutes interview in 2011. ‘I wanted to be able to share what I couldn’t say 10 years ago during many TV interviews’
The pair were apart for more than a year after Mr Ametoglou was forced to stay in Melbourne due to strict Covid restrictions and work commitments.
The businessman regularly gushes about his ‘Queenie’ on social media, and recently paid for her and their son to go on a private getaway while he stayed in Melbourne.
‘My Queenie and Prince deserve the best! I hope you both enjoy a beautiful & much needed relaxing time. Love and miss you both so much,’ he wrote in October.
In 2020 Ametoglou revealed needed ‘major surgery’ for cervical cancer.
‘That’s a massive thing for me, but hopefully that will mean that I’ll be in full remission,’ she said.
Ms Ametoglou said due to Covid restrictions and her husband’s work commitments, he had been in Melbourne for the past 14 months
‘I’m still taking oral chemotherapy but I’ve stopped taking my IV. So hopefully after some radiation and this operation I should be in remission.
‘Other than that I’m doing really well mentally and I’ve found really good coping mechanisms to deal with my cancer.’
Ms Ametoglou has also claimed she works 80-hour weeks as a ‘full-time crypto trader, full-time mother, full-time university student and full-time wife,’ as well as dabbling in accountancy and marketing.