Zac Efron has revealed he "almost died" in the accident that transformed his face, resulting in rumours he had cosmetic surgery.
The 34-year-old spoke to Entertainment Tonight this week, speaking about the rumours, "My mom told me. I never really read the internet, so, I don’t really care."
He added, "It was funny. It sucks. I almost died, but we're good."
The star, who was promoting his new film The Greatest Beer Run Ever, made the admission about the accident last week, confessing he had a nasty fall, which appeared to transform his face massively.
During an interview with Men's Health Magazine, Zac shared that he was running in a pair of socks around his home when he slipped, smashing his chin and shattering his jaw on a granite fountain.
He shared how he lost consciousness, waking up with the magazine writing that he woke up to find "his chin bone was hanging off his face".
Zac explained that after the injury, his masseter muscles, which are used for chewing and work together with other muscles in the face, grew as they were overcompensating for the other muscles that weren't working.
While he works with a specialist to do physical therapy to mediate this, he took some time off while in Australia. At the same time, a now-viral clip promoting an Earth Day special from Bill Nye was released, leading many to wonder what led to the transformation.
"The masseters just grew," he said. "They just got really, really big."
Speaking of the social media chatter around his appearance, he added, "If I valued what other people thought of me to the extent that they may think I do."
"I definitely wouldn't be able to do this work."
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