Carrie Underwood needed ’40 to 50 stitches’ to her face after a bad fall in November

I honestly don’t remember hearing about this at the time, but apparently in November, Carrie Underwood had a bad fall outside of her home. She broke her wrist, which is what was announced at the time. But she revealed to her fan-club members over the holidays that the fall was a lot worse than people realized, that she had cut her face pretty badly and she needed more than 40 stitches… to her face alone! Good God.

Carrie Underwood is still healing from injuries she suffered after falling on the steps of her house in November. Underwood, 34, previously said that she had broken her wrist after falling outside of her home, and on Sunday she revealed that the incident also caused severe cuts to her face.

In a post to her fan club members, the country singer said that in addition to having surgery on her wrist, she required “40 and 50 stitches” to her face.

“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, according to Entertainment Tonight and Taste of Country. “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 [Underwood’s husband] Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.”

The accident left Underwood unable to perform at the Country Rising benefit show held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena soon after. Seven weeks after the accident, Underwood said that she’s on the mend but “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,” she wrote. “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.”

But with a new year underway, Underwood is optimistic for what her future holds.

“I am determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share things with you along the way,” she concluded. “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.”

[From EW]

This story has gotten Spidey senses tingling from far and wide. It could be that it was just a freak accident, as she said, and that no one was at fault and it was just one of those things and a legitimately bad fall. It could also be a cover story for something else… like, plastic surgery or spousal abuse or substance abuse or something involving all of the above. It’s very odd. Until she tells us differently, I guess we just have to take her statement at face value and not scream “ZELLWEGER!” as soon as we see her new face. Update: I’m sorry I put “spousal abuse” as one of my first thoughts for why this could be a cover story. It was unfair and unfounded speculation.

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  1. HeyThere! says:

    How awful! Wishing her a speedy recovery.

  2. Jenna says:

    That’s a big leap to spousal abuse…. and a horrible thing to say.

  3. Nancy says:

    How cynical we have become to think something sinister such as spousal abuse caused 50 or 60 stitches in her face. I’ve been reading loving tweets from snowflakes suggesting this is karma for Carrie speaking against trump. What a world we live in. Freak accidents happen on a regular and maybe I am naïve, but I believe her and hope she will recover quickly. Imagine if it were you tumbling down the steps………it didn’t happen to me, but it did to my sister, she and her cat collided going out the back door of her house resulting in a broken shoulder and leg. Hang in there Carrie, ignore the haters.

    • Renee2 says:

      She spoke out against Trump??? That’s awesome!!

      This accident sounds like a nightmare. Hope she recovers soon.

    • Renee says:

      I know people mean well but sometimes it’s just a freak accident. I had a friend who passed out and bashed her face into a table. It left her with a broken nose, black eye and a face full of stitches. Of course people couldn’t understand how a fall could cause that much damage and they assumed her bf beat her. It caused her so much stress trying to prove she wasn’t an abused woman.

      • kellybean says:

        Last October (2016) we (my fiancé and I) were walking our dog along a trail and there was a tree down. He went to remove some of the larger branches and one flew off and hit me right in the face. I had a cut and bruised nose and a black eye. It was an accident but I’m sure some people suspected abuse when they saw me. Shit happens and he felt horrible for weeks.

    • Kelly says:

      I agree with you Nancy. While no one is immune to substance abuse, Carrie is a vegan, and all you have to do is look at those legs and see how hard she works to keep her body strong. She may be a bull in a china shop. She’s hurt her leg on stage before. I’ve only seen her on TV, but she gives it all. One of my favorites is her cover of Paradise City.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLTx2g6j9nI

  4. Dhavynia says:

    I keep thinking what the hell did she fall on that managed to not only break her wrist but get that many stiches? Maybe blocking her fall from stairs and landing on a rocky surface? That’s a lot of stitches in her face alone

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      I’m think she probably fell and her face hit the ground – kind of like how what happend to Mr. Big’s wife on Sex and the City when she fell and her chin hit the ground.

    • Kelly says:

      I live in Nashville not far from a lot of big fancy houses and I’m wondering if hers is similar-on top of a hill with a lot of steps to the front door. If that’s the case (and she’s clumsy like me) then I can see how a bad fall could do a ton of damage. I also remember about 8 years ago my dad tripping over the cat in his house and tumblin down the stairs. He shattered his upper arm bone and had a lot of collateral damage.

      However I think the fall might have come around the same time as plastic surgery and she’s using it as a coverup. Maybe she had a bad doctor or it didn’t turn out like she was expecting and she’s freaking out. As a big Preds fan, I really really don’t want to imagine Fishy doing something like that, and he always came across as the mild one in their relationship.

      • Hudson Girl says:

        A planned plastic surgery that went awry doesn’t make sense because she had a concert a few days later. One would never schedule plastic surgery within days of work events.

      • Nancy says:

        I don’t why I keep coming to her defense, I’m not into country…..just when she sang How Great Thou Art on an awards show, it was perfection. At another awards show I read she and Brad Paisley were goofing on trump….she sang You Better Think Twice Before You Tweet…..pissed off his groupies. I don’t buy the plastic surgery. I think she’s still pretty much a naïve woman. After she won Idol, and was in Hollywood, Seacrest asked her if she had seen any stars yet…..and she responded, I haven’t been out at night yet! Country bumpkin.

      • Cs says:

        Honestly, from what I’ve seen of Mike Fisher, i’d like to believe it was more likely a freak accident with her tripping and cutting herself on his hockey blades or something. Yes, celebrities but on a public persona etc., but I’d definitely be caught off-guard if he turned out to be abusive. Also I’d like to believe that Carrie Underwood has more respect for herself. I have a strange fondness for this couple, despite not following either of their careers closely.

    • Veronica says:

      I collapsed in a hospital and banged up half my face and shattered my front teeth. It took weeks for the swelling and bruising to go away, especially around my eyes, it took two major dental surgeries to replace my teeth (both had to get root canals and replaced with porcelain veneers), and I had a mild concussion that took awhile to heal. We instinctively protect our face and head when attacked or during accidents for a reason. The head is not well designed to sustain significant trauma.

    • CynicalAnn says:

      A friend, while light headed in the middle of the night, fell in her bathroom and needed a ton of stitches on her face. There was nothing “off”-it was just a dumb accident.

  5. JA says:

    I was thinking plastic surgery tweaking and the fall was just an excuse as soon as she said “I’m gonna look different”…ok Jan!

  6. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Spousal abuse?!? How do we jump to spousal abuse?? It sounds to me that she had a traumatic freak accident and is dealing with it in private. Having your face disfigured is a pretty big deal and I can understand wanting to take time to process it. I can’t imagine how upsetting and scary this has been. Let’s give the poor woman a break. And not accuse her husband of spousal abuse.

  7. FLORC says:

    If it was cold your skin can dry out and go paper thin very quickly. What would normally be mild scratches because gashes.

    Number of stitches… More stitches, less scaring.

  8. Tania says:

    Her eyes look the same at least. I remember when poor Rose McGowan had that car accident and her glasses cut into the tissue around her eyes. She really looked different after that but got better over time with surgery. CU doesn’t strike me as a particularly open person so there probably is more to the story. But perhaps she’ll tell it when she’s ready.

  9. Kensie says:

    When this story came out in November, it was reported that she had a bad fall outside her house. Her husband was out of town at one of his games (he’s a prof. hockey player) and came rushing home to be with her.

  10. Isa says:

    I just can’t imagine requiring that many stitches for plastic surgery when she could have so much done using botox and fillers. They even do nonsurgical nose jobs with fillers. Celebs get plastic surgery all the time and don’t have to make up an excuse like that.

    I did wonder if maybe she was drunk and fell. But it could’ve just as easily been a toy or a dog. Or heck maybe she just misjudged the step.

  11. toni says:

    I think there was a blind item about her and her husband abusing her. I hope it’s bullshit.

  12. LadyT says:

    I don’t think there’s anything sinister going on. I think she was going for attention and sympathy but told the story with too much drama (40-50 stitches)and secrecy (not ready to talk about it) and it backfired on her. Most of the stitches were probably under the skin or in her mouth. It’s not as if she opened up 9 inches of her face. She’s possibly having balance issues due to an underlining medical diagnosis that she’s not ready to address publicly.

    • Dame-ly says:

      My father had what the plastic surgeon called a ‘Harry Potter Special’ when he needed to have a small cancer removed from his bald head , a small Z shaped scar perhaps 1.5inches in total and he had 36stitches in it, there was only a very small scar afterward and they were not aiming to make it invisible as he was 86years old. I imagine 40-50 stitches put in by a doctor aiming to leave no scar wouldn’t take up much more room than a couple of inches.

  13. Jezza says:

    I want to believe her and take it at face value. Freak accidents happen. The thing is, she seems so prim and proper and if she was the type to have any work done, she would be the type to deny it. Maybe she had some really bad fillers or something and they are the type that don’t settle?? Speedy recovery to her though!

  14. Snowflake says:

    Freak accidents can happen. I accidentally hit myself in the face and my cell phone caught the corner of my eye. It bled like crazy and my husband and I were freaking out. He was scared to take me to the hospital, thinking people would think he hit me. Finally it stopped bleeding but I had a black eye for several days. I tried to explain to people but they did not believe me. I guess I damaged some nerves cause now that eye is smaller than the other. And one woman manager tried to talk to me about domestic violence. I’m just like oh my God, no, Bridget! He didn’t hit me. Then another time I was lying in bed, watching TV with the door closed. I was feeling lazy so I yelled for my husband to bring me a water. He opened the door and tossed it without really looking. I was watching TV and I turned my head and the bottle caught me at the corner of my face. Once again, bruising! And a little chunk of skin came off. I’ve never had so many random accidents in my life. And it sucks because I’m sure my husband being big and black contributed to this assumption. So, please, do not jump to conclusions re Carrie Underwood. But it’s hard dealing with the difference in my face. I’m used to it now, but it still stinks. My face wasn’t symmetrical to begin with and my nose is crooked too. I can’t imagine dealing with 50 stitches on your face, esp someone as gorgeous as Carrie.

    • Jessie says:

      Wow…your husband did not bring you to the hospital because he was more scared of what people might think of him, rather than what might happen to you? You were having severe facial bleeding, but your husband was more concerned about how people at the hospital will perceive him, rather than your health and well-being? That is so sad.

      • Snowflake says:

        He would have taken me to the hospital if I did not stop bleeding, come on! After it stopped bleeding, it looked like a black eye. We have people stare at us when we go out. We had a young couple stare at us the whole deal time we were at outback on Valentine’s day. If my husband speaks a fraction above a normal voice, people look scared. A guy asked my husband if he could move his car, we were blocking someone. My husband nicely we were getting ready to move in. The guy practically ran to his vehicle. My husband is very intimidating to people. He is tall, big, and all muscle. Of course he would have taken me to the hospital if we had to. This is reality being married to a big black guy. He gets stereotyped, he made a statement of what they would think. He would still take me. Jfc

    • Nancy says:

      Wow, how horrible. You must have been terrified. I was reaching for something on a shelf and a can of spaghetti sauce fell and hit me dead on the lips. The pain was something I have never known. My husband took me to the ER, and I had five stitches. How embarrassing. But, like you, to a much lessor degree, I heard the whispers. There were people in our firm where we work that thought he hit me. I think it says a lot about someone’s character or lack thereof, when they go to the darkest place first. I hope you’re ok @Snowflake and the accident didn’t effect your vision.

    • elimaeby says:

      Oh, my god, so much this! I’m super accident-prone (tons of bruises), and I also scare easily (I scream if my S.O. walks into a room unexpectedly). I’ve had neighbors call for a wellness check on me after seeing bruises on my legs/hearing me scream when startled. My S.O. is the most gentle, kind man and has never laid a hand on me. But he has to live with the anxiety that our neighbors suspect and report him. Take her word for it until there’s proof.

    • Veronica says:

      As much as it sucks to have people assume you were abused, I’d honestly prefer if medical staff asked the question more than not. Could save a victim’s life someday.

      • LadyT says:

        I absolutely agree. My young son slipped on a wet deck and landed squarely on his cheekbone causing severe bruising. He and I were questioned repeatedly by teachers/counselors at his school. I took it in stride without being offended because I understood that some poor children are punched in the face and need help and they were just doing their job. No problem.

      • This. Our neighbors called 911 and asked for a welfare check for me, not knowing my screams were because I’d just gotten the news about my mom passing away. It didn’t help that when the police arrived I was slumped on the floor. But I did eventually appreciate their rapid response and concern although people give my poor husband icy death stares now in the elevator.

    • Sophia's Side eye says:

      Really sorry that happened to you, Snowflake. Also very sorry that you have to deal with people treating your husband like he’s some kind of bad person based upon his looks. *sigh* the ignorance some people show is just awful. I hope you don’t let it get you down.

  15. Dilettante says:

    Here’s a photo of her apparently from Dec 12. It looks like maybe there’s a cut on her left cheek close to her nose.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/carrie-underwood-got-over-40-stitches-to-her-face-after-fall-at-home/amp/

    • Jenny says:

      Her nose looks really different. I wonder if she fell on it and broke it and that was part of the issue.

    • thisismeee says:

      So, the person that posted that photo added a couple of follow-up tweets saying, “I had no clue she was injured…” and, “She looked amazing!” This picture and meeting was a few weeks after her injury and the person standing right next to her doesn’t see 40 to 50 stitches or bandages? Yet Underwood is saying she’s “not quite looking the same” and “there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up,” 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.”

      Hmm… what?

  16. Ninks says:

    I had a freak accident as a child that required forty stitches to my face. I was very fortunate and a top plastic surgeon did the procedure. But even 30+ years later I have a noticeable scar. Growing up, I was frequently stopped by complete strangers who would ask me about it. I’ve had the scar my whole life and it’s as much part of my face as my nose is and I wouldn’t change it, but if it happened now it would be quite traumatising.

  17. Elisa says:

    Unless we get news from her people that she’s separating from her husband because of previously unspoken abuse, it was probably a bad fall. My mother tripped on a clear sidewalk in spring and scraped her hand, cut her lip, chipped one of her front teeth, and even scratched the bridge of her glasses: I can easily imagine the damage a fall in November can do. Sh*t happens, not everything is a coverup.

    • lucy2 says:

      Absolutely. My friends elderly mother tripped on a sidewalk a few years ago, broke so many bones, and was completely bruised. Looked like she’d been in a horrible accident.
      As I posted above, I fell on my stairs last year, and know several others who had bad falls int he last year or so. It happens. I’m glad hospitals and the like check to be sure no one is being abused, but gossip speculating that her husband did this or she’s covering up plastic surgery isn’t fair to her, IMO.

    • april says:

      My sister tripped running to her mailbox on a gravel road and cut her knees, hands, face, and chipped a tooth. She looked like she had been in an auto accident. However, her injuries were very minor compared to Carrie. I’m so sorry that this happened to Carrie. Godspeed, Carrie.

  18. angiw0717 says:

    awful! i wish her a speedy recovery. and i totally thought something suspect too. like, a car wreck and maybe some substances involved too. i’m just not trusting of celebs i guess…

  19. Linda says:

    More to the story I am sure. My problem is with her calling this life changing. My son in law had a terrible auto accident in august. He is now paraplegic. That is life changing.

    • Happy21 says:

      But to her this might be life changing. She’s a freaking princess. She may have had to have surgery to correct the damage and may be continuing to have surgery to repair the damage. Maybe she is not going to look the same. I get that being a paraplegic is much more life changing to you and I but to her this may change her life.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m terribly sorry for your son, that is a horrible thing to go through, and extremely life changing.
      Though not as significant, her injuries still have an impact on her, at least right now. She’s likely in a lot of pain and can’t do many things, including care for her child the way she used to with her wrist, and for anyone, especially someone in the public eye who is photographed often, facial injuries can be really difficult.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        I do think it’s sad that she grew up with her looks being emphasized as her most important feature so now an Injury to her face is considered life altering. The injury to her wrists are temporary, bones heal. And she has family, friends and the money to help her take care of her kids. I’ve had co workers with broken wrists who still work and care for their children as they recover.

        A life altering event means you permanently lose what you had before as in a divorce, death, loss of a law or MD licenses or dismemberment. The way she described the story made me think it was something horrific like abuse or major loss of skin/tissue or limb. It sounds like there is more to the story. But if it’s just cosmetic then it’s really unfortunate and sad that country music is still mainly about a woman’s looks.

      • Veronica says:

        I mean, honestly…as somebody who worked in a trauma hospital, you don’t have to be a celebrity to be upset about aesthetics. Facial/body injuries and burns can have a serious psychological impact on a lot of people. While there is certainly a major problem with how people correlate worth and beauty, especially where women are concerned, suggesting vanity shouldn’t impact people’s self-esteem is asking the impossible. We’re only human, after all.

      • oh-dear says:

        @Veronica – agreed. I went to school with a beautiful girl who was skidoo-ing and ran into a barbed wire fence. She was in grade 8, and at the hospital, her biggest worries were how she was going to be beautiful in her wedding pictures. Her injury changed how she related to people. Is it unfortunate that her focus was on her scars? Yes, but that doesn’t negate the fact that her scars did change her self-perception.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        @Veronica,
        Burns and craniofacial injuries are not the same as a “cosmetic” injury. That’s a bit insensitive in defense. Burns and craniofacial injuries are deformations that affect your functionality and ability to live as a normal person in society, I volunteer at a children’s hospital and see those severe injuries. It’s anybody’s right to go on social media and claim a cosmetic scar (that they can fix with further plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery) is a devastating life change that will affect them forever more. Just as it’s our right to judge it as superficial and overdramatic. I do hope she gets some counseling and learns to love herself for other things like her talents over her looks.

      • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

        @Oh-Dear,
        Would a boy in 8th grads have said that? Most likely not and that’s my point. Boys are not raised to rely on their beauty to advance in life. How many more scientists and leaders of industry would we have if women we raised to value their skills and intellect?

  20. minx says:

    She’s always been pretty, I wonder if it will be traumatic for her to be slightly less pretty?

  21. Wickster says:

    I fell down the stairs in my apartment building in NYC a few years ago. I was carrying trash and wearing platform slides that I slipped out of and I flew down about 4 steps, and I could not stop myself before my entire face went straight into a cement wall. Thankfully I did NOT need stitches–but wound up with two massive black eyes, minor nose fracture, and a fat bottom lip that was unbelievably distorted. This is all to say–you can easily incur a lot of damage from a fall down stairs, and it can happen more easily than you think. I now try to always remember to hold the handrail and don’t carry things down stairs when wearing any kind of heel. And I threw out the shoes, which I had fallen out of at least 2 times before. RE: Spousal abuse claims: I couldn’t reach my husband, so I called a girlfriend to meet me at the emergency room, and the nurse insisted on talking to me separately in case it was a case of domestic abuse (!). My girlfriend and I had a laugh about them thinking she was my partner– but I was glad they did pursue it. It is the right thing to do. Still, it does make one think how quickly people come to conclusions (I have been guilty of this also). My husband was worried about being seen with me after because he thought people might think he hurt me. It really is amazing how quickly that this is where people first go, if understandable. I think it might help if she were very specific about how the fall happened. In my case, I preach all the time to people–hold the handrail, or at least hover so you can grab it; look down where you walk and don’t rush, or carry things down the stairs without being very careful. Most of all–if you are wearing shoes that you slide out of THROW THEM OUT. I was stubborn and it could have cost me my life. In my case, it could have been much much worse.

  22. Littlestar says:

    Husband suffered an accident a couple months ago that required 15 stitches on his face, altered his face for life. Can’t imagine forty stitches.

  23. Jayna says:

    Poor Carrie. I believe her husband was away with friends hunting or camping or something. So the abuse rumors don’t fly.

    It makes sense with injuries to her face that severe she wasn’t ready to talk about it, much less coming to terms with the uncertain outcome, waiting to see. I guess she announced it now since It’s been a month and a half or more since her fall. She’s coming to terms with accepting she looks different and the process of healing is ongoing and will be long and still uncertain as to the end result. That would be hard.

    I don’t believe any plastic surgery rumors. She is still young and beautiful. She looked fantastic at the award shows a few days before.

    I don’t know what the story is about her fall, but I don’t believe abuse or plastic surgery had anything to do with it.,

  24. Hmmm says:

    No matter how bad her face was cut, she won’t look worse than Jenny Mcarthy!!!! Did any one else see the New Years ball drop she hosted? OMFG. She looked like Joan Rivers!!! Freaked me out!!!! 🙄

  25. brooksie says:

    I have a VERY hard time believing this was caused by her husband. His brother is a friend and I’ve gotten to know their family over the past few years. I just can’t see him ever hurting her in the slightest.

  26. CeeCee says:

    To be fair I think this could be life changing for her – in that she likes to be the prettiest girl around and if her face is marred it would be a huge shot to her ego. Totally agree that this is nothing compared to other more serious issues like becoming a paraplegic or unable to speak, etc. No disrespect intended. Just saying that for this particular girl it could be life-altering in her perspective.

  27. Marianne says:

    If more accidents happen, then sure I would think thats pretty suspicious. But one fall…..could just be a case of bad luck.

  28. lara says:

    There is a photo of her circulating that was supposedly taken one month after her accident. She looks fine. Something sounds fishy to me.

  29. Y says:

    People just posted a photo an hr ago of her 1 mth after the accident. She was working out with a fan who I guess is also famous (?) at a gym. Underwood looked fine, so that makes me wonder if this is just an excuse for some plastic surgery or injections that she wanted… just saying. I do know of a woman who fell on her face and broke her nose and was lucky it wasn’t worse. Accidents are scary. Either way… it’s her choice, but after seeing this photo of C.U. on People’s site… I had to share here. Happy New Year!

    LINK http://people.com/country/carrie-underwood-looked-amazing-one-month-accident/

    • Sky says:

      She wearing makeup that would cover up scarce and the picture is not a close up so you can’t see if she has any scars. I don’t think she would cancel shows or bring attention to herself 2 months after the fact if she had gotten plastic surgery, that would make no sense. Not to mention she also had a broken wrist.

  30. Anare says:

    I remember reading a blind item after her fall that suggested she was “under the influence” (read hammered) when she fell. I’m not a fan don’t know anything about her just repeating gossip.