Hayden Panettiere Is Back After Struggling With Postpartum Depression

Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere hits the red carpet for the first time since undergoing treatment for postpartum depression

Hayden Panettiere is back. This weekend the Nashville star walked her first red carpet since seeking treatment for postpartum depression. And although Panettiere has been on hundreds of red carpets, she says the feeling is “so new” again.

“It feels different for me because of the things that I’ve gone through recently, over the last year,” Panettiere told PEOPLE on the red carpet for the Critics’ Choice Awards.

“I’ve really gone, ‘You know what, I’ve been in this industry for so long, forget it!’ I’ve been hiding myself. Just putting out the smiling face, showing people this, and allowing that veil to come down—it’s like a weight off my shoulders.”

Panettiere welcomed her daughter Kaya Evdokia in December 2014 with her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. It wasn’t until October 2015 that she finally opened up about her struggles and sought help.

“I’m 26 years old. I’m a mom. I don’t need to be afraid of what people are going to think,” she explained. “I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn’t know that honesty could be such a gift.”

We are happy to hear that Panettiere is doing better and feeling more confident and comfortable.

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