Posted: April 16, 2018
By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
LAS VEGAS —
Carrie Underwood made her first public appearance at the 2018 ACM Awards after falling in her home and breaking her wrist and getting stitches in her face, but many don’t seem to be able to tell the difference.
Underwood fell on the steps of the Nashville home she shares with husband Mike Fisher in November and was treated at the hospital for cuts and abrasions.
“In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well,” Underwood said in a letter to her fan club in January. “I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.
“I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different,” Underwood said. “I’m hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don’t know how it’s all going to end up.”
The 35-year-old singer posted images with her face obscured, causing fans to wonder how different her face looked after the stitches.
At the ACMs Sunday night, Underwood made her first return to the stage after the accident, performing her new single “Cry Pretty.” Ahead of the performance, she shared the first close-up photo of her face Saturday night.
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Fans and viewers on Twitter didn’t seem to notice a difference in Underwood’s face.
I know I’m a couple minutes late...— Bee Jenks (@beejenks11) April 16, 2018
Someone PLEASE tell me what difference there is in Carrie Underwood’s face. Because I just don’t see one. #ACMawards #CarrieUnderwood pic.twitter.com/scaBbzgnDq
It literally makes me sick that Carrie Underwood made such a big deal about her face needing stitches. Maybe she should come visit my work where people face actual traumatic injuries that are life altering. 🤷🏻♀️ #perspective— Casey Bradley (@caseynoel40) April 12, 2018
Can confirm (for the 10th time) that Carrie Underwood looks exactly the same as she always has........ she literally acted like her face was burnt off.....I don’t understand.....— Alyssa (@Alyssuh_Nicole) April 16, 2018
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She was treated at a hospital for cuts and abrasions, in addition to her wrist injury, according to the paper, which cites a statement released by Underwood's spokesperson. The statement also says her recovery will “take some time.” She has since been released from the hospital.
The Tennessean reports that Underwood's husband, former NHL star Mike Fisher, returned to Nashville overnight to care for her.
As a result of her injuries, Underwood has had to cancel her appearance at the Country Rising benefit concert, scheduled for Sunday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show is being staged to raise money for victims of recent hurricanes, as well as the victims of the Las Vegas festival shooting.
The statement from Underwood's rep says she “appreciates all prayers and well wishes.”
Sometimes, things aren’t what they seem.
Carrie Underwood fans were concerned when the country star took a spill on her front steps in November, causing her to cancel an appearance at a benefit show in Nashville and husband Mike Fisher to come home from a hunting trip. Underwood revealed that she had broken her wrist significantly enough that it required surgery, which is why Fisher came back to Nashville.
But a few days after her surgery, Fisher shared a poignant post on his Instagram that made it seem as if that tumble down her steps may have been something worse. Still, no other details were shared by either Underwood or Fisher. And since then, the couple has been relatively quiet.
In a letter to members of her fan club, Underwood has shared more details of the injuries she sustained in that fall.
Underwood explained that she is still receiving physical therapy for her wrist, then added: "There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up. It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life.”
She continued: “In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.”
She also wrote: “Now … 7 weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not quite looking the same. I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up but I do know this: I am grateful. I am grateful that it wasn’t much, much worse. And I am grateful for the people in my life that have been there every step of the way.”
Underwood said she has a long way to go in the recovery process but is also hopeful.
“I am determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share things with you along the way," she wrote. "And when I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different.”
The Rare Country Awards Female Artist of the Year expressed her gratitude to her fans and also revealed that she is heading into the studio in early January.
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