Country music star Carrie Underwood released a tear-filled video performance of her new song “Cry Pretty” on May 6—her first video appearance since seriously gashing her face in November.
The singer debuted the new video on a revival of the TV series “American Idol,” the show on which she first gained national fame with her appearance in the 2005 season.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 6, 2018
The video featured several close-ups of her face, showing only the most minimal marks of the 40-stitch gash she sustained in a fall on her property, People reported.
The story played out in the video, tells of an overwhelmed singer trying to bear up under pressure, who finally makes a triumphant return to stardom.
The video echoes her actual situation in some ways.
The 35-year-old singing star was walking her dogs one night in November 2017, when she lost her footing and fell.
Underwood held onto her dogs’ leashes in her left hand, preferring to try to catch herself one-handed rather than let her dogs escape. She landed hard enough on her right hand that she broke her wrist.
She also struck her face, opened a gash by her mouth, which took 40 stitches to close.
“I thought I just busted my lip,” Underwood told Storme Warren on SiriusXM’s The Highway channel. “Then I walked inside and took the dog leashes off and took my coat off and went to go survey the damage and was like, ‘Oh, no!’ I’m acting very calm about it now, but … it wasn’t pretty. I chipped my tooth but it was just my skin, thank the Lord. Stitches and all that stuff.”
Underwood performed “Cry Pretty” publicly for the first time at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, on April 11.
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 16, 2018
Close-ups of her face in that broadcast showed no signs of her injury.
She told UPI, “Physically, I’m doing pretty darn good these days.
“My wrist is almost back to normal, about 90% there… and the docs say that last 10% will come with time.”