“Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere enters a rehab facility to treat her postpartum depression.
The actress rep told People magazine that Panettiere “is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression. She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”
Panettiere is a mother to 10-month-old Kaya. She has been vocal about her struggle since giving birth in December.
The 26-year-old actress confirmed in October 2013 her engagement with professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, the reigning heavyweight champion of the world. She announced her pregnancy the following year.
Hayden’s character in the ABC hit show “Nashville”, Juliette Barnes, is also suffering from postpartum depression.
During an appearance on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” last month, Hayden admitted that she can relate to Barnes and discussed PPD.
“It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal,” said Hayden.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds … It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support,” she added.
Hayden is not the first Hollywood star who battled PPD.
The Daily Mail noted that actress Gwyneth Paltrow also struggled with the same condition after giving birth to son Moses in 2006. Gwyneth described that time as “one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating” times of her life.