Carrie Underwood: ‘Nobody else looks at you as much as you think they do’


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Country crooner Carrie Underwood is on the cover of the September issue of Redbook, looking quite lovely. The 35-year-old singer, who recently celebrated her eight-year anniversary with hockey player Mike Fisher, discussed the trials of the past year, namely her accident in November when she tripped outside her home, breaking her wrist and requiring 40-50 stitches to her face. Here are some highlights:

On what moves her to tears:
I get teary in church a lot because I’m moved by the message—but I never remember to bring tissues! Rarely do I cry out of frustration. I cry happy tears maybe more than I cry sad tears.
 
On feeling stronger than ever:
A lot happened in 2017 during my “off year.” I love it when people say, “You took a year off.” I’m like, “You know, I had this shoot and this thing, and I was writing this and doing that.” There was always so much to do, but it was also a very soul-searching year for me.
 
On what prompted her soul-searching:
There were some personal things that happened. And I had the accident and all of that to get through…and just life. Life is full of ups and downs, and I might have had a few more downs than ups last year.
 
On whether her facial injury shook her confidence:
Any time someone gets injured, it looks pretty bad in the beginning, and you’re like, “What is this going to wind up like?” You just don’t know. It was also a perception thing, because I look at myself [now] and I see it quite a bit, but other people are like, “I wouldn’t have even noticed.” Nobody else looks at you as much as you think they do. Nobody notices as much as you think they will, so that’s been nice to learn.
 
On the many rumors surrounding her facial injury:
I’m on some magazine every other week for something crazy. It’s a little sad, because the truth is just as interesting. I wish I’d gotten some awesome plastic surgery to make this [scar] look better. But I try not to worry too much about it. My mom will be like, “Did you see they are saying this about you?” And I’ll be like, “Mama, I don’t care. I’m just trying to raise my son and live my life.”
 
On whether she wants a big family:
I’m 35, so we may have missed our chance to have a big family. We always talk about adoption and about doing it when our child or children are a little older. In the meantime, we’re lucky to be a part of organizations that help kids, because our focus right now in our lives is helping as many kids as possible.
 
On the advice she’d give young women to encourage them to be more confident:
The first thing I would tell them is that we’re all insecure; that’s just called being human. I feel like the most important thing to realize is that even people who seem to be superconfident have insecurities that they are dealing with. Honestly, you just do the best you can. Don’t worry about things you can’t change.
 
On what she’d tell her younger self:
I don’t know if I’d tell her much of anything, because I would want everything to turn out exactly how it has. Every lesson that I’ve learned was an important one and led me to where I am—and I like where I am now.
 
You’ve accomplished so much already. What is on your bucket list for the next 10 years?
I’m hoping I’m still lucky enough to be making music. I love going on the road and putting together shows I’m proud of, but I don’t know where I’ll be in 10 years. I don’t know where I’ll be next week. By the grace of God, I’m just lucky enough to live another day, and that’s good by me.

[Via Redbook]

I feel bad that Carrie has to keep talking about the accident, as I’m sure she’d like to move on and talk more about her music. Her latest album, Cry Pretty, drops on September 14th. Fortunately, Carrie’s returning to two of her long-standing gigs. She recently filmed this season’s opening credits for Sunday Night Football, marking her sixth season of leading in the big game. You can hear her sing the theme “Oh, Sunday Night” prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles on September 6th.

It was also announced on Thursday that Carrie and Brad Paisley will once again co-host the CMA Awards, set to air on ABC on November 14th. Here’s hoping for Carrie’s sake that her tunes will get more attention than her scars moving forward.

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  1. Biting Panda says:

    Oh honey, no sh!t. We’ve been trying to tell you that for each and every one of the endless “reveals”.

  2. Dazeem, Adele says:

    People do tend to look at you more when you make a really big deal out of something we really didn’t know much about that happened to your face, too.

  3. Renee says:

    Yes Carrie, as the saying goes “instead of worrying about if people are talking about you, you should be worried about how little they do.” Enough with the talk of her facial scarring. She looks great and is lucky to have had all the great medical treatment she received. Geeeesh!

    • Spicecake38 says:

      Came here to say almost the same as you @renee-Dr.Phil ( not a fan or hater of his) has said *you wouldn’t worry so much about what people think of you if you realized how little they think of you *He’s not a person I watch anymore but that comment of his has helped me so-to realize that people have their own problems,lives,and concerns,and that my bad hair day/fat day isn’t worth worrying about bc nobody cares.We all have our own worries.Carrie has obviously been traumatized by her accident and she’s speaking about it.Fine.But I don’t think about it/her unless I read it here.Wishing her well

  4. Cee says:

    Facial injuries, however big or small, can be traumatic to the person who has it. When will people get this?

    • MattyLove says:

      Yes, they can be traumatic to the person who has it. But if you want to see a truly traumatic facial injury, look at the women who have had acid poured on their faces by abusers. Women who will never again achieve an appreciably “normal” appearance. Was Carrie’s injury traumatic to her? Of course! But the problem is that she keeps acting like she’s survived something truly horrific when there are women without her resources who are dealing with much more debilitating injuries.

      • babypeanut says:

        People live within the context of their own experiences. People who suffer with cystic acne, for example, could be given your analogy, but it sure wouldn’t help. And to expand further, a miscarriage is not as traumatic as losing a five-year old, but I highly doubt anyone would say this to a woman who’s lost a pregnancy.

        Wealth always shields people as compared to those who lack it, but that’s life unfortunately. People go to bed hungry in our country, but I wouldn’t dismiss them if they complained, with a “be grateful you haven’t starved to death like people in war torn countries”.

      • MattyLove says:

        Yes, people do live relative to their own experiences. That’s why perspective is so important. She is not disfigured beyond recognition, she has not lost a child or miscarried (that I know of), she does not go to bed hungry at night, nor does her child. She also is not dying of starvation in a war-ravaged country. She is entitled to her own feelings about her experience, but she should not expect the same level of sympathy as someone in these other situations.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think it was very traumatic for her, and with her career and endorsements, I bet she was very worried how it would all turn out. In the long run, she looks exactly the same to me, I can’t even see a scar in these photos, so she got pretty lucky. Maybe she’s come to realize that, and will gain some perspective.
      It does sound like other things were going on at the same time, so added stress does not help either.

    • Snowflake says:

      Yes, I agree. Long story short, i accidentally hit myself in the face. Created a gash and i thought it will heal on its own. Well, i guess i must have messed up some eye muscles, now that eye doesn’t open as much as the other and is more almond shaped vs. Round like the other eye. It just really sucks because we get judged so much on our looks. My face is not symmetrical as my nose is crooked. So I’m like, great, thats just wonderful. *sarcasm* Thank God for my husband who soothes my insecurities. Imagine being as pretty as Carrie and famous, i would feel the same as her. Women have so much pressure placed on them to be pretty.

  5. Michelle says:

    Oh gosh, not her AGAIN. You fell, you jacked up your face, you have a miniscule scar. MOVE THE F*CK ON!! Stop beating this dead horse!

    • Allie says:

      The person interviewing her is asking her about it. She’s not bringing it up. Do you not understand how interviews work?

      • Michelle says:

        I understand more than she probably does. She could have easily said, ‘I’ve discussed this publicly numerous times and have moved on from it. Let’s talk about something more significant….’ and boom. Issue resolved.

  6. Jenn4037 says:

    Honestly I don’t mind her little revelation. Nice clap back to the people who believed she was a domestic abuse victim.

  7. Mar says:

    Ok, no. Rhianna is out here trying to bring back skinny eyebrows and Carrie is dressed like an extra on Gossip Girl circa 2007. I refuse to think this is back in style. A random belt on a fancy (short!) dress? No. I will not accept this.

  8. Sayrah says:

    Ok people, the magazine asked her about it again. She’s not bringing it back up.

  9. corrine says:

    Just showing us again how celebrities live in their own glass bubble of ME!

  10. Brian Brown says:

    Country Bitch.

  11. Wisca says:

    In one of the pictures there are three white women in front and then a black woman and an Asian woman behind them I think. So fu*&ing racist and dumb and still quite common.

  12. Loca says:

    Love Carrie beautiful talented singer.

  13. Laura says:

    While I understand her distress over her facial scar, as someone who is covered in scars (thanks to being born three months premature, developing necrotizing enterocolitis and enduring numerous abdomenal surgeries) I think the situation is being overly dramatized by the media. Many people live with horrible scars (I have a very ugly, very large scar that runs the entire length of my abdomen along with countless smaller scars from other surgeries and cutdowns for IV ports) from surgeries, accidents, burns, etc but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful or attractive. In fact, I think scars are a symbol of that individual’s strength 💕

  14. Bobbiesue says:

    she did do her lips though and no one is mentioning.

  15. Jag says:

    So she wants to be with her child and live her life – but no mention of being with her husband to do that? Interesting.