With 65 million records sold worldwide, Carrie Underwood could probably get recognized in any part of the globe. But following a grave accident in November 2017, the singer has been left looking the worse for wear. And now the American Idol star is worried that her days of public recognition might be behind her.
Before becoming the country sensation she is today, Underwood enjoyed a life of anonymity. In fact, growing up on a farm in Oklahoma made her seek out the small pleasures. “I enjoyed things like playing on dirt roads, climbing trees… and, of course, singing,” she said in support of second album Carnival Ride.
Despite her preference for a quieter life, though, the young Underwood nevertheless sought out greater things. And in 2004 she decided to audition for American Idol – a move that would prove to be her springboard to success. After acing her audition, Underwood became a clear fan favorite and won the contest in 2005.
Within months of her victory, Underwood was setting world records. For example, her eight-times platinum 2005 debut Some Hearts became the US’ fastest-selling female country album upon release. Furthermore, sales from Underwood’s five additional records would eventually make her American Idol’s highest-selling winner of all time.
Furthermore, beyond the world of music, the star has been successful with other ventures. To wit, in 2008 Underwood was chosen to host the Country Music Awards. Naturally, Underwood – a multiple CMA winner herself – proved at home in a presenting role and she has co-helmed the ceremony with Brad Paisley every year since.
In fact, 2017 marked a special anniversary for Underwood: it was the star’s tenth time as the CMA’s host. And the singer did much to make the November 8 event special, including a heart-wrenching musical performance during the ceremony’s “In Memoriam” section. However, her life would take a drastic turn in the following couple of days.
Only two days on from this momentous occasion, Underwood was in Nashville, Tennessee, when she tripped and fell on the steps outside her house. And while the star escaped serious injuries, her wounds were still significant enough to require immediate medical attention.
At the hospital, doctors discovered that the accident had caused a litany of damage to the singer’s body. According to the country artist’s representatives, Underwood had received numerous cuts and bruises from the November 10 fall. However, the most significant injury was reserved for her wrist which was found to be broken.
Soon after the accident, Underwood pulled out of the spotlight to rest and recover. Through her publicists, the star confirmed that it would “take some time” for her to regain her health. As a result, she had no choice but to cancel a charity concert scheduled in Nashville for the following Sunday.
Thankfully, though, Underwood had a strong support unit to help her through. Following the accident, her husband Mike Fisher – a former hockey player – returned home to take care of her. Meanwhile, the singer’s fans wished her a speedy recovery via social media. This led Underwood to post a ‘thank you’ note on Twitter.
Slowly but surely, Underwood began climbing back into everyday life. In December 2017 reality TV personality Adrienne Gang nabbed a picture with the “All-American Girl” singer after running into her at the gym. Later, Gang told Us Weekly that Underwood “looked great and seemed to be in great spirits.”
For all intents and purposes, things were returning to normal for Underwood. But there was one detail that the star had left out of her original account of the accident. And – in a letter released to her fan club in early January 2018 – she revealed that her injuries actually went far beyond a few cuts and bruises.
In truth, Underwood admitted that her accident had been much more serious than she first let on. “There has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up,” she ominously revealed. “It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life…”
Although it was no doubt difficult to admit the full story, Underwood pulled no punches in revealing the hard truth. “In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well,” she finally disclosed. What’s more, her injuries had left the star – in her own words – “not quite looking the same.”
In fact, as a result of her injuries, Underwood had had no choice but to undergo an image-altering operation. “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 said. Apparently, Underwood was even finding it difficult to look at her own reflection in the mirror.
However, in spite of it all, Underwood could still see a silver lining. “I honestly don’t know how things are going to end up,” she admitted, “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.”
By all accounts, it seems that Underwood is a little hesitant about returning to the center stage. Indeed, her first selfie since the accident – uploaded to Instagram in late December 2017 – shows the star’s face almost completely hidden by a scarf. However, well-wishers like Adrienne Gang don’t think the country idol has anything to hide. “I didn’t notice anything amiss,” she told Us Weekly.
While it may have got off to a rocky start, then, 2018 is still looking like a good year for Underwood. In January, the singer released a new single for the Super Bowl fittingly titled “The Champion.” Featuring the talents of hip hop artist Ludacris, the song is set to kick off the annual event in February.
Besides her upcoming single, Underwood will likely enjoy a prosperous year thanks to a new deal signed with Capitol Records. And the contract comes as something of a personal triumph for Underwood who was rejected by the label in 1996 prior to her American Idol win.
Moreover, despite her recent setbacks, Underwood is showing signs of improvement. In fact, the artist recently posted an X-ray of her repaired radius on Instagram and admitted that she was “good to go.” And with any luck, this country legend will pick up the courage to get back on top where she belongs.