Carrie Underwood: 'It Was One Step That Messed Everything Up'

Singer describes fall that left her with dozens of stitches
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2018 8:08 AM CDT
Carrie Underwood accepts the award for vocal event of the year for "The Fighter" at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – After her triumphant return to the stage at the ACM awards, country star Carrie Underwood has opened up for the first time about the accident outside her home that left her with a broken right wrist and around 50 stitches in her face. In an interview with the Bobby Bones Show at iHeartRadio, Underwood said the November fall happened on steps outside her home after she took her dogs out for a quick pee at night, People reports. "There was one step, and I didn’t let go of the leashes! Priorities! So that’s why my left hand’s fine," she said. "But I went to catch myself and I just missed a step. If I had fallen anywhere else, I would have been perfectly fine. But it was one step that messed everything up."

Underwood—who warned fans after the fall that she "wasn't looking the same"—told Storme Warren that she injured her face around her mouth and was shocked when she saw the damage in the mirror. She said the hardest part was the injury to her right wrist, which required surgery and the insertion of a metal plate, Rolling Stone reports. "I can't use my appendage and I'm trying to pick my kid up and make food and, like, do mom stuff. That was challenging," she said. She said the emotional impact of the accident affected the material on her new record, Cry Pretty.

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