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Carrie Underwood Reveals ‘Gruesome’ Facial Injury That Required 40-50 Stitches

UPDATED: Carrie Underwood suffered an injury to her face that required 40 to 50 stitches after a fall in November, the singer revealed in a year-end message to fans. She also sustained a previously reported broken wrist in the fall, which took place on the steps to her home. She cautioned fans that she may look “a bit different” when they see her again.

“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,” she wrote in a post on her fan club’s site (the post is behind a paywall but a rep provided its text to Variety, which appears in full below). “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 [Underwood’s husband] Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.

“Now, here we are 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.”

The singer also said she’ll be entering the studio next week to begin work on new songs. “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,” she 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.”

On Dec. 12 actress Adrienne Gang posted a photo of herself with Underwood (who was wearing a wrist brace), adding the following day, “I had no clue she was injured … she looked amazing!”

Underwood posted a photo of herself on Instagram late last month, but most of her face was covered with a warm-weather scarf in what appears to be a sponsored post.

Her New Year’s post follows in full:

Today, we say “goodbye” to 2017 and “hello” to a new year and a fresh beginning. It’s hard for me to sum up this past year. Like so many others, mine was marked by triumphs and tragedies…ups and downs and everything in between. I hope, someday, to fully share some of the defining moments that we experienced in 2017. I think that sharing our stories with each other helps us heal and also helps us know that we’re not alone in our trials. That said, I would like to share more with you about my most recent struggle. 

Most of you know that I tripped and fell and broke my wrist in November. I’m still doing regular physical therapy for that, but all is coming along. 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. 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 40-50 stitches in. Now, here we are 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. I’ve still got a ways to go in the recovery process, but it’s encouraging to see every day be a little better than the last.

Another reason I’m telling you this now is because I’m heading in the studio next week.  I’m determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share things with you along the way. 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. 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.

Thank you all so much for being understanding and patient with me.  Like I said, I’m determined to make the new year incredible and I especially can’t wait for you to hear the new music I’ve been working on. I truly believe it’ll be my best work yet!

Much love to you all and may whatever lies ahead be magic!!!

xoxo,

Carrie

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