For the past few months, Hayden Panettiere has been super honest about her struggle with postpartum depression.
Last October, she announced she was checking herself into rehab to battle the illness, and even took some time off her hit show, Nashville, to cope with the disease.
Photo: Hayden Shares A Precious Pic Of Her Fiancé & Daughter!
However, the 26-year-old explained to Yahoo Style that it wasn't easy to make that announcement, saying:
"I was always so terrified that people weren't going to accept me. I finally just went, I'm tired of living afraid. I'm tired of living in fear of what people are going to think, so, you know, I'm just going to put it all out there on the table and I'm not going to worry about the judgment."
But it turns out the momma-of-one didn't have anything to worry about, because she was met with kind words and ample support. She admitted to being completely overwhelmed — in a good way — by the public's reaction, adding:
"The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people. I got so much support and so much love. I was floored. I feel much more exposed, yes, but in a great way."
And for the small few who weren't so accepting of the gorgeous gal's struggle, she's got a message for them! The lovely lady says of anyone who denounces PPD:
Tags: abc, baby blabber, hayden panettiere, health, mental health, nashville, postpartum depression, pregnancy talk, rehab