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Carrie Underwood made her first public appearance at the 2018 ACM Awards Sunday night after warning fans for months that she might look different after taking a horrific fall in her Nashville home and getting 40 to 50 stitches in her face.
The 35-year-old country star won a standing ovation and raves on Twitter for her emotional performance of her new single “Cry Pretty.”
But most who watched Underwood’s much-hyped appearance, which included the unveiling of her post-accident face, think she looks the same. They couldn’t detect any signs that she had been scarred or otherwise disfigured in the accident.
For months since what Underwood called her Nov. 10 “freak, random accident,” the singer wouldn’t bare her full face to cameras. She also kept selfies and photos of herself to a minimum.
In early April, she publicized the fact that she was back to work in a recording studio, but the photo she posted only showed her face in profile — leading fans to wonder and worry about how she was doing.
During the fall in her Nashville home, Underwood also broke her wrist. She was treated at a hospital for cuts and abrasions, and got up to 50 stitches in her face.
In a letter to her fan club in January, the “American Idol” alum explained how the accident had changed her life. From Underwood’s description, it sounded as though she was confronting what would certainly be a traumatic event for an entertainer whose personal appearance is part of her brand.
In her letter, Underwood said she wasn’t “looking the same.” She said she understood that she would one day have to show her full face in front of a camera — and she admitted she was worried about it.
“I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different,” she wrote. “I’m hoping that, by then, the differences are minimal, but, again, I just don’t know how it’s all going to end up.”
From how Underwood looked at the ACM Awards Sunday, it appears that the differences were in fact minimal, if they existed at all. Ahead of her performance, she shared a close-up of her face from Saturday night. It was the first shot of her full face that she had posted in a long time.
As it turns out, people on social media wondered what all big fuss was about, with some proclaiming she looks “as pretty as ever.”
Some, though, said they noticed a slight change, perhaps around the shape of her mouth, but others complimented her doctors for doing such a great job.
And still others wondered if Underwood’s initial warning and the subsequent profile photo from April were part of a big, months-long publicity tease. In any case, the debate raged;
— Brandon Bartlett (@bbartlett316) April 16, 2018
Carrie Underwood went into hiding for months because of her accident, but I genuinely don’t see anything different about her face? I’m confused.
— jacks (@kriegdei) April 16, 2018
She never acted out as if she was disfigured. Seriously. The people are the only ones making a fuss about this. She literally addressed this issue ONCE MONTHS AGO when those stitches were still new that says “ i may look a little different “
— 𝕁𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕪𝕤𝔽𝕋𝕎 (@Goobeerwood) April 16, 2018
She literally doesn’t look different at all. You’re right she does act like she’s disfigured. Nothing looks wrong with her.
— Cocomoe 🐧 (@UhmRene) April 16, 2018
Can confirm (for the 10th time) that Carrie Underwood looks exactly the same as she always has…….. she literally acted like her face was burnt off…..I don’t understand…..
— Alyssa (@Alyssuh_Nicole) April 16, 2018
It literally makes me sick that Carrie Underwood made such a big deal about her face needing stitches. Maybe she should come visit my work where people face actual traumatic injuries that are life altering. 🤷🏻♀️ #perspective
— Casey Bradley (@caseynoel40) April 12, 2018
How about let’s talk about how amazing her performance was, and stop talking about her face? She looks beautiful and did a damn good job on that performance!
— p a t t i e f o r e (@PattieH81785) April 16, 2018
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