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Carrie Underwood reveals details of accident, says hype over her face was unintentional

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Now that Carrie Underwood is officially back in public after months off the radar and has new music to promote, it's time for the next step: making the radio rounds in Nashville. She stopped by Sirius XM the Highways's "Storme Warren Show" and iHeartMedia's "The Bobby Bones Show" Thursday morning for her first interviews since she told fans she "might look a bit different" after suffering a "gruesome" facial injury.

Underwood made a much-hyped performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, as it was her first time in front of the cameras since the accident. For weeks, Underwood had been leaving a trail of cryptic Instagram photos of her partially covered face, and managed to work people into a frenzy about what she might look like.

Then, at the ACM Awards, she looked her usual glamorous self -- and almost exactly the same as she had before, so some viewers were confused about all the buildup. On Sirius XM, Storme Warren noted she must have been especially nervous at the ACMs as she debuted her new single, "Cry Pretty," given that her appearance was set up on her end as "a big reveal."

"It was unintentionally that way," Underwood explained. She said the accident occurred last November when she was walking her two dogs right before bed. "I was clumsy and I tripped, and I held on to the dog leashes in my left hand and went to catch myself with my right and missed the step. There's one lone step. If I had fallen anywhere else, I would have been absolutely fine."

Underwood said she knew she hurt her lip and hand, but was shocked when she looked in the mirror and saw the full extent of her injuries, which involved a chipped tooth and damage to the skin around her mouth that required 40 to 50 stitches. Her right wrist was also broken.

During her interview with Bobby Bones, Underwood said she truly didn't know how things were going to end up, or if her face would heal properly -- she still has a scar, she said, though you can't see it when she has makeup on. However, she decided to send a pre-emptive message to her fan club in January explaining the situation (the one where she said she might look different) because she was worried that someone would snap a picture of her face in public while she was still healing.

"Someone's gonna creep on me at the grocery store and people will be like 'What happened?' when they post it on Instagram," Underwood said. So she sent the email to her fans, which quickly made the rounds online and led to intense speculation about her face.

In the meantime, Underwood knows people will have lots of questions about her accident. However, she hopes to keep things focused on her new music (her sixth studio album, also called "Cry Pretty," will be released in September), which was why she didn't walk the red carpet before her performance at the ACMs. And really, she said, her main concern after her fall was the reaction from her 3-year-old son, Isaiah -- but that turned out to be fine.

"I was worried he would be scared of me," Underwood confessed. "But now if I put makeup on, he's like 'Mommy, your boo boo's all gone.' "

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