Carrie Underwood shared new details about her November fall in her first interview since the incident. The “Cry Pretty” singer revealed that the brutal tumble happened at night when she was taking her dogs out for a walk.
“I was taking the dogs out to go pee-pee one last time and I just — I tripped,” Underwood said on The Bobby Bones Show on Thursday. “There was one step and I didn’t let go of the leashes. Priorities! So that’s why my left hand’s fine, but I went to catch myself and I just missed a step.”
She added, “If I had fallen anywhere else I would have been perfectly fine, but it was one step that messed everything up.”
The 35-year-old singer underwent surgery on her face that required 40 to 50 stitches, and afterward she warned fans she was “not quite looking the same.”
Underwood made her triumphant return to the stage for the first time since the fall at last Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, and fans didn’t notice a thing (much to the dismay of some). When Bones noted that he also thought she looked the same, despite her warnings, she replied, “Thank you.”
”I’ve been very fortunate in the healing process,” she said. “I was lucky that when it happened everything was kind of shutting down in the music world and we had the holidays and stuff like that. I was at a point where I didn’t know how things were gonna end up. I didn’t know what it was gonna heal like.”
Most of the injury she sustained was around her mouth, but she also hurt her right wrist. “It set me back,” she admitted. “The most frustrating part was trying to work out with a broken wrist and just how much it can throw off your world, having an appendage that’s there, but you just can’t use.”
She said the fall alarmed her 3-year-old son, Isaiah, whom she shares with husband Mike Fisher.
“Now he’s sweet,” she said. “I was worried he might be scared of me. But now if I put makeup on, he’s like, ‘Mommy, your boo-boo’s all gone.'”
While Underwood notes her scar will always be there, it was important for her to resume life again.
According to reports, the singer was so “terrified” ahead of Sunday’s ACM performance that she skipped the red carpet. However, she says the reason she didn’t want to pose for pictures was that “we wanted to keep everything music-focused.” Underwood called the evening “overwhelming” and admitted to being nervous.
“There’s just been a lot that’s gone on in life over the past year, and it’s always really nerve-racking introducing new music. … I was super-nervous and I felt like I had never been on a stage before,” she said.
Still, Underwood has no problem acknowledging that “event” in her life: “I’m OK talking about it.”
It’s something that will likely be brought up again as she promotes her new single.
“[‘Cry Pretty’] is all about emotions, and I feel like as humans we’re just kind of expected to have our crap together all the time,” she explained. “And being a mom and a wife and trying to navigate what we do, every once in a while there’s just a bubble-over of emotion. We’re just kind of discouraged, I think, from doing that in life. And sometimes you just have to cry, and it might be unattractive, and it might be a sad, ugly moment, but it has to happen and it’s OK.”
Underwood added that she’s “almost done” with her new album.
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