Only four of the five members of the US Women's Gymnastics team appeared at the VMAs on Sunday, causing people to wonder where the heck Gabby Douglas could be that was more important than the awards show where Kanye West rambled incoherently on stage for four minutes straight. Well, it turns out that Gabby was forced to miss the VMAs because she was recovering from mouth surgery. Ouch!
According to the Associated Press, Gabby had been in and out of the hospital following her return home from the Rio Olympics. She was being treated for an infection in her mouth and adverse reactions to her medication, and had to miss the VMAs to rest after surgery. Well, it can't be much fun to sing along to Beyoncé when you have a mouth full of stitches, so missing out on the awards ceremony is totally understandable.
Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know that I'm doing ok! I had a complication from a prior injury that caused a cyst to grow on a bone in my mouth. Got it removed and feeling much better now! Thanks for all your concerns and prayers and HUGE thank you to the doctors that have taken care of me these last four days!#ontheroadtorecovery#butIstillgottagetthesewisdomteethout
She must have especially been bummed when this happened:
And probably felt like how Kanye looks in this pic:
However, Gabby was definitely not forgotten while her teammates met almost every famous person in existence on Sunday.
During the award ceremony, Simone Biles gave Gabby a special shout out. "The fifth member of our team, Gabby Douglas, is having medical issues and unfortunately couldn’t make it tonight. Feel better Gabby!" That must have made Gabby smile, if it didn't hurt too much to do so.