Carrie Underwood dropped the video for her single “Cry Pretty” on Sunday evening—in the midst of American Idol, no less—which you can watch above. As someone who discovered on a recent trip to Nashville that she reluctantly loves pop-country, I am still in the “tolerating” stage with this track. But more importantly, Underwood’s face looks totally fine!
The latter point is important because, as has been documented relentlessly on the vicious Internet, there was a lot of mystery surrounding the state of Underwood’s face, which was terribly injured in a fall last November. Underwood said she had to get 40 to 50 stitches and spent many subsequent months hiding her face in various Instagram photos, prompting a Great Conspiracy. Then, last month, she started showing her face again, and the Conspiracy was Over, so farewell to yet another stirring chapter in celebrity history.
Underwood also broke her wrist in the fall. She told Rolling Stone last month that her road to recovery has been rough. “I’d say the hardest part was my wrist. I can’t use my appendage and I’m trying to pick my kid up and make food and, like, do mom stuff,” she said. “That was challenging.”
Anyway, we are all beautiful with or without scars or functioning wrists, or so I tell myself every time I look at the gash I have on my chin thanks to an unfortunate seesaw incident in 1997. Childhood is very dangerous.
Underwood’s Cry Pretty LP is out September 14.