Carrie Underwood’s latest album is all about working through the darker times in life. The star became well-versed in doing just that over the past few years.
Carrie’s fairy-tale life took a dark turn that included a serious injury and the loss of three pregnancies, which is more than enough to permanently damage a person’s spirit; however, Carrie leaned on her faith and her family to get her through.
Today, Carrie is better than ever. She’s currently touring for her album Cry Pretty. Fans are packed tight at every tour date, letting their own pain out with her as she belts out their favorite songs. Joining her on the road are her husband, Mike, and two sons, 4-year-old Isaiah and 4-month-old Jacob.
It’s not easy to tour with two kids, but Carrie wouldn’t trade it for the world. She talks about how she got to this point in her life in a sit-down with People, which places Carrie at the top of its 100 Reasons to Love America list.
The last two years of Carrie Underwood’s life were filled with difficulty and heartbreak. Now the singer has made it through and is telling her story.
Carrie’s struggles have made her stronger. They’ve also taught her she can’t always be in control, as she explained to People: “I put a lot of stress on myself — I feel like a lot of moms do, a lot of women do … the best moments in my life are when I say, ‘Hey, I can’t control everything, and that’s okay. God is in control.'”
Carrie’s early years in the public eye sounded like a series of dreams coming true. She won season four of American Idol at just 22 years old.
Carrie was enjoying her tremendously successful career when she met Mike Fisher after one of her concerts in 2008. The two were married in 2010.
In 2015, Carrie celebrated two major accomplishments. She launched her athleisure line, Calia by Carrie Underwood.
She and Mike also welcomed their first child. Isaiah Michael Fisher was born on February 27, 2015.
Carrie and Mike knew they wanted to expand their family. They planned to try for a baby in 2017, but things didn’t work out as planned.
The couple got pregnant in early 2017, but sadly, Carrie suffered a miscarriage. She turned to her faith to get her through, telling CBS Sunday Morning that “in the beginning, it was like, ‘Okay, God, we know this is, just wasn’t Your timing. And that is all right. We will bounce back and figure our way through it.'”
She suffered another miscarriage later in the year. Carrie told CBS: “I had always been afraid to be angry. Because we are so blessed. And my son, Isaiah, is the sweetest thing. And he’s the best thing in the world. And I’m like, ‘If we can never have any other kids, that’s okay, because he’s amazing.’ And I have this amazing life. Like, really, what can I complain about? I can’t. I have an incredible husband, incredible friends, an incredible job, an incredible kid. Can I be mad? No.”
In late 2017, Carrie fell outside her Nashville home while taking her dogs on a walk. It left her with a broken wrist and over 40 stitches on her face.
Carrie spent early 2018 undergoing reconstructive surgery. Sadly, she suffered another miscarriage. She explained to People: “Of course you wonder if it’s you, what am I doing wrong, or what have I done wrong. I remember having conversations with Mike trying to make sense of it all.”
Carrie decided to leave it up to God. She explained, “But the miscarriages made me get real with God and say, ‘Okay, I’m kind of giving up a little bit. If this isn’t meant to happen, then I need to accept that and know that someday I’ll understand why.'”
Soon after, Carrie learned she was pregnant once again. The result is her now 4-month-old son Jacob Bryan Fisher. “He’s just this perfect little bundle of a smiley guy,” Carrie gushed.
Jacob, Isaiah, and Mike are all out on the road with Carrie for her Cry Pretty Tour 360. It’s a challenge that Carrie’s more than ready to rise to: “There is a thing about motherhood that makes you feel like, ‘Okay, if I can do that, I can do anything,’ And I feel like I’m a little older, a little wiser. This isn’t my first rodeo.”