When it was revealed that Carrie Underwood had fallen down the stairs, I don't think anyone understood how bad the situation was. The country superstar told fans she had broken her wrist and required surgery, but it seemed like that was her only injury.
I just wanted let everyone know that I'm doing great. Had surgery on my wrist yesterday & all went well...even though I'll be setting off airport metal detectors from now on...I'm so thankful for the doctors, nurses, family & friends who've been taking such great care of me.— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) November 15, 2017
Since then, Underwood has been spending time with her family, most recently in Peterborough, Canada with her husband, Mike Fisher's, family.
She also posted this photo of herself bundled up, which most people attributed to it being 5 degrees in Peterborough.
But in an email sent to fan club members, Underwood revealed that her injuries were far worse than she had lead on.
"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 in the note. "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 Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in. I am determined to make 2018 amazing and I want to share things with you along the way. 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."
This left fans concerned, not for her appearance, but hoping that the singer was physically okay. But a new photo has surfaced which is bound to reassure fans that Underwood is on the road to recovery.
Adrienne Gang, a TV personality on Bravo, bumped into Underwood during a workout in mid-December, and the two took a selfie together. According to Gang, she didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.
"I had no clue she was injured!" Gang wrote on Twitter. "She looked amazing!"
One Twitter user asked if Underwood was perhaps wearing heavy makeup, but Gang denied it.
"Not that I noticed," she wrote. "She looked great!"
Though some fans were confused as to the "differences" Underwood had suggested, others could see what she meant.
At a guess, because that side of her face you can't see properly, almost looks to be swollen, especially around her nose, cheek, and eye...? And it might be a self conscious thing for her. Like I don't think she looks different, I think she's still beautiful...— j (@JessicaMDeLaRue) January 2, 2018
If you look at the photo of Carrie Underwood at the gym and zoom in you can see some of the steri-strips starting on her left side of her neck going upwards. She looks very pretty, she shouldn't worry about her recovery. I'm sure she will look amazing.— Nicole B-DeHerrera (@deherrerabN22) January 2, 2018