Hayden Panettiere Makes First Public Appearance Since Entering Treatment Center for Postpartum Depression

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Hayden Panettiere made her first public appearance on Saturday since entering a treatment facility for postpartum depression. She had battled the condition since the birth of her daughter Kaya last December.

It was ringside in support of fiance, heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko, that Hayden Panettiere made her appearance this weekend. She was there in support of his defense of his world title against Tyson Fury in Germany.

The Nashville star entered the treatment facility in October. She was very open about her suffering during an interview on Live! With Kelly and Michael in September.

"There's a lot of misunderstanding," she said. "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, that 'Oh, it's hormones.' They brush it off. It's something that's completely uncontrollable. It's really painful and it's really scary and women need a lot of support."

Hayden Panettiere looked adorable on Saturday, sporting a plaid mini-skirt and cream striped sweater, with black tights and a tan fedora. She even wrapped a Ukranian flag around her shoulders in support of her fiance.

Wladimir Klitschko, as it turns out, needed more than his beloved's support. His World Heavyweight Champ reign came to an end after 11 years in a surprising upset by Tyson Fury.

Kudos to Hayden Panettiere for entering a treatment facility for postpartum depression, and for speaking out about the perils of the illness, too. Too many women still believe they are weak or not good mothers when they give in to treatment for the very serious post-birth illness.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.