Carrie Underwood apparently got 40 stitches in her face, which is why she’s “not quite looking the same”

As some Carrie Underwood fans may already know, the singer had to undergo wrist surgery in early November after falling inside her house. The incident resulted in Underwood canceling several of her scheduled appearances.

However, there’s apparently more to the story than we initially realized.

Underwood recently penned a note to her fan club explaining that, in addition to her wrist injury, she also received several serious abrasions on her face which required stitches.

“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 writes in the note, courtesy of People. “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,” she continued. “I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told (my husband) that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.”

Carrie assured everyone that she’s healing quite well, but that she’s “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 writes. “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.”

“I am determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share things with you along the way,” she told her fans in conclusion. “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.”

While this story is heartbreaking for many of Carrie’s fans, it is also a tad confusing, considering that Carrie was photographed wearing a wrist brace in early December with zero signs of facial injuries or scarring.

Perhaps Carrie’s injuries are healing remarkably well and she’s simply feeling a bit self-conscious.

However, it’s also pretty tempting to consider the possibility that, perhaps, Carrie has simply undergone some cosmetic procedures and wants to frame the narrative in a manner which allows her to avoid scrutiny from fans about her new appearance. While cosmetic surgery is certainly a private and personal matter, I’m not sure it would be necessary for Carrie to fib to her fans about it — then again, the public is notoriously ruthless when it comes to dissecting a woman’s appearance, so I wouldn’t blame Underwood for making up a story about nonexistent facial lacerations.

Only time will tell as to what the actual story behind Carrie’s recent reclusiveness involves. Regardless, I hope she heals quickly, and that the haters leave her alone when she finally does choose to make a public appearance.

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