Hayden Panettiere Talks Temporary Exit From ABC Series, ‘It Made My Life Better’

“Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere made her first public appearance at the Critics Choice Awards after staying out of the spotlight while she sought treatment for postpartum depression and broke her silence to E! News about her life today and how leaving “Nashville” helped “make her life better.”

Panettiere confirmed in October that she had voluntarily checked into a treatment center. The actress struggled with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Kaya. Fiancé Wladimir Klitschko supported his partner’s decision to seek treatment for the health issue just before the holiday season.

“It made my life better,” Panettiere revealed to E! “I hope people have more of an understanding about the condition, because postpartum depression was not something that I ever understood. You could never understand it unless you have a personal involvement with it,” the actress continued to the entertainment site.

“I didn’t realize how much of a stigma postpartum depression had about it,” Panettiere detailed. “It doesn’t mean they’re a bad mom. It doesn’t mean they’re strange and that they could get help if they need it.”

The actress has been in the public eye since she was a child, starring on the daytime soap operas “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light.”

“I’ve been in the business this for so long. I feel like I have been hiding who I really am. I was just afraid, terrified that someone was going to judge me. Someone wasn’t going to like something that I said, something that I wore, something I did,” Panettiere said to E!

At this juncture in her life, the actress is ready to face any challenges ahead and wants to be a good role model for her daughter in the future.

“I want to put out a good example for my daughter and tell her that she could be anyone she wants to be. She does not have to be afraid that somebody’s not going to like her because no matter what you do, there’s always going to be somebody who doesn’t like what you’re doing with your life,” Panettiere shared.

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