It's been five months since Carrie Underwood fell at her Nashville home, sustaining a facial injury that required 40 to 50 stitches. In that time, the country superstar has been guarded with information, other than to say she's "not quite looking the same." But with the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards looming, Underwood is finally feeling confident enough to share a close-up of her full face. Not surprisingly, she's just as gorgeous as ever!
Underwood posted the photo to Instagram on Saturday, ahead of her first return to the public spotlight, saying, "Had a great rehearsal for the @acmawards! Can’t wait until tomorrow night! #CryPretty #ACMAwards."
The stage lights create a bit of a bokeh effect, making it possible for a faint scar to be hiding somewhere beneath the glow. However, if there is one, you can't tell it by us. Underwood looks stunning, as usual. And, to be clear, the same would be true even if her scar was evident — when you have a heart as pretty as Underwood's, it shines through.
It's nice to know, though, that the singer is feeling good in her own skin again. In an update shared with fans on her website on Tuesday, Underwood confirmed, "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. And my face has been healing pretty nicely as well. I definitely feel more like myself than I have in a while."
She also explained that despite the scare (and at times uncertainty), she's grateful for the experience. It gave her a chance to spend plenty of quality time with her son, Isaiah, and husband, Mike Fisher, who's been going through big changes of his own.
"Sometimes I think things happen in order to make us slow down. It also means I’ve been home to support my favorite hockey player coming out of retirement! I hope you’re all ready for more silly posts of me at Preds’ playoff games! One more run for the Cup! Go Preds!" Underwood wrote, and rest assured, we are ready. The country superstar's unabashed support of her hockey-playing husband makes the sport fun for everyone.
We're looking forward to that almost as much as we are to Underwood's performance at Sunday's ACMs, where she is up for Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year (for "Fighter" with Keith Urban). Underwood will presumably perform her new single, "Cry Pretty," which she penned with "the Love Junkies" — Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna.
"The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can't hold them back," she shared in her letter to fans. "It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it you can relate those feelings to those times in your life. It's emotional. It's real. And it ROCKS!"
Oh yeah, we're calling it now: Underwood's ACMs set is gonna be a total tearjerker.
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