Hayden Panettiere talks postpartum depression during first red carpet since treatment


Last night, at the Critics’ Choice Awards, actress Hayden Panettiere made her first U.S. red carpet appearance since receiving treatment for postpartum depression in October.

The 26-year-old Nashville star opened up about her experiences with PPD during the festivities. She told People, “It feels different for me because of things that I’ve gone through recently, over the last year. 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.”

Hayden emphasized how events like last night’s are much more enjoyable now that she’s been more candid with the public. “I’m 26 years old,” she said. “I’m a mom. I don’t need to be afraid of what people are going to think. I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn’t know that honesty could be such a gift.”


Panettiere added that her daughter, Kaya Evdokia, was a motivating factor for her to open up a public dialogue about PPD. “The only important thing to me is that I’m not causing myself pain and discomfort anymore, and I can be a strong woman for my daughter to look up to. It would be horrible for me to be going, ‘You can be whomever you want! You can do whatever you want in life!’ yet I was unable to follow the same words,” she said.

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  • Mariahj

    What’s going on with her boobs?

    • TA

      She’s still nursing. That can do crazy things to the breasts. Probably not the best choice for a dress!

      • Lacy Monroe

        How can she be nursing when she was away from her baby for 2 months in a facility?

        • LaLa84

          Breast pump

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  • Alisson Leech

    Cute woman, odd body.

  • FarrahsCryFace

    Holy boobs! Those have to be killing her with her small frame. Honestly though she looks great and admire her for seeking help and speaking out.

    • LaLa84

      RIGHT?! I had difficulty concentrating on the article because I couldn’t stop staring at her boobs thinking “DAMN why didn’t my boobs look like that several months after having a child!”

  • Lacy Monroe

    Seriously, I know its the first time she’s had boobs without them being bought, but someone needs to tell hershe looks disgusting. Get a personal assistant or someone to help with your look.

  • Shirley Allen

    Psychotherapy and medication are both typical, fairly successful remedies for depression. It’s generally agreed that they work most readily useful when done in tandem – that is, the patient sees a psychologist or psychiatrist regularly, while taking medication.

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about depression. Regards