Carrie Underwood isn’t going to let anything hold her back. The hugely successful country singer suffered a nasty accident in November 2017, just days after hosting the 51st Country Music Association Awards. Underwood fell down some steps at her home, her reps said in a statement, and suffered injuries to her face and wrist. But over the next few months she got back on her feet and began to share images of herself again.
When Carrie Underwood first shot to fame on American Idol, it was obvious that she was a very strong woman. She auditioned for season four of the show and quickly became the frontrunner of the whole competition. Judge Simon Cowell predicted that she might win, and he was right. At the end of the show, an overjoyed Underwood was handed a recording contract.
From there, Underwood just got more and more popular. She picked up countless awards for her music: seven Grammys, ten Billboard Music Awards, and plenty more. And her personal life was a success as well. In 2010 she married professional hockey player Mike Fisher, and five years later they had their first child together, a boy called Isaiah.
It was while Underwood was at the family home that she suffered her accident. She fell down the outside stairs on November 10, 2018, and suffered several injuries including a broken wrist and cuts to her face. A couple of days after the incident her reps released a statement to People. “Her recovery will take some time and she appreciates all prayers and well wishes,” it read.
Underwood took to social media herself on November 12. “Thanks so much for all the well wishes, everybody,” she wrote to her 8.52 million Twitter followers. “I’ll be alright… might just take some time… glad I’ve got the best hubby in the world to take care of me.” Her husband had immediately hurried to her side after the accident.
Underwood had actually been due to perform at a benefit concert on November 12, but she had obviously had to pull out. She put another update on her Twitter account three days later. “I just wanted let everyone know that I’m doing great. Had surgery on my wrist yesterday and all went well… even though I’ll be setting off airport metal detectors from now on,” she wrote.
“I’m so thankful for the doctors, nurses, family and friends who’ve been taking such great care of me,” she added. Her fans responded with characteristic love and support. “Glad you are doing well! Might not set off metal detectors, they usually use titanium and it doesn’t set off the alarms!” one person wrote on Twitter.
Then on December 12 the first photo of Underwood since her accident was released, albeit purely by chance. Reality TV star Adrienne Gang had bumped into the singer at her gym and posted a photo of their encounter. In the snap, only some of Underwood’s face could clearly be made out, but it was enough to send her fans wild with speculation.
Many people who commented on the post were trying to work out where the singer’s scars were, or if they were even visible from the angle the photo was taken at. Perhaps it was this level of interest that prompted Underwood to release her own photo on December 27. In this one, though, she chose to keep virtually her whole face covered by a scarf.
Then, on the first day of 2018, Underwood posted something that seemed to imply she wasn’t happy with her face after the accident. She left a New Year’s Day message for her fan club, one behind a paywall but soon obtained by the media. In it, she talked about what had happened to her face. “I’ll spare you the gruesome details,” she commented, “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.”
“Now, here we are seven weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not quite looking the same,” she went on. “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.” She added that she would soon be working on new music, too.
“When I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different,” Underwood wrote. “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.” It seemed she was self-conscious about having to have so many stitches in her face.
However, on April 4, 2018, Underwood proved she was finally ready to get in front of that camera. She posted a picture of herself to her Twitter account. It was a simple black-and-white picture with no caption attached, showing her in profile and looking off into the distance. She appeared to be in a recording studio, perhaps about to make new music again.
Unfortunately, some people chose to troll Underwood on her Twitter account, implying that she was never really injured and was instead doing it for a publicity stunt. But the majority of people were kind and supportive. Most left messages for Underwood telling her she was beautiful inside and out – regardless of what her face looked like.
And it’s possible the kind comments inspired Underwood, because just two days later she shared another photo of herself. And in this one her full face was visible, albeit at a distance. She was standing on a stage holding a microphone and rehearsing with her band. “Missed these guys. #bandrehearsals,” was the caption she wrote to go with it.
Underwood also had another message for the fans who had stuck by her. She wrote a post on her website on April 10, and it contained good news. “I just wanted to say hello and share some updates with you all… lots of exciting stuff happening!” she announced. “First off, physically, I’m doing pretty darn good these days!”
“My wrist is almost back to normal, about 90% there… and the docs say that last 10% will come in time,” she wrote. “And my face has been healing pretty nicely as well. I definitely feel more like myself than I have in a while.” It certainly seemed like she did. Three days later, with a performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards coming up on her calendar, she showed another Instagram shot of her face.
It seemed Underwood would be using the ACM Awards as a boost for her confidence, and it certainly appeared to be working. Just before the big day, she showed another picture from the rehearsals – this time a close-up selfie. “Had a great rehearsal for the @acmawards! Can’t wait until tomorrow night!” she wrote. The shot might have been a low-quality one, but she still looked great.
And on April 15, the day of the award ceremony itself, Underwood looked fantastic. There wasn’t a hint of scarring on her face, or at least nothing that was visible. She performed her new song, “Cry Pretty,” flawlessly. Her fans were delighted to see her looking so well, but again there were a few cynical comments. “Trying to find what’s wrong with Carrie’s face like…” one person wrote sarcastically.
But it just goes to show that what seems like nothing to one person may seem like something huge to another. Underwood was obviously upset by what happened to her face; it seemed to knock her confidence, and she took a while to properly recover. And although she had a genuinely tough time during her recovery, fortunately she didn’t end up with any lasting injuries.