When Hayden Panettiere moved to Music City in 2012 to star on the hit show Nashville, she was just 22 years old. She spent the next few years exploring the city, enjoying great music, and trying to find her niche within the country music community. When she and boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko learned they were having a baby girl in 2014, everything changed—for the better.
“Then I went through a pregnancy and I found out who my true friends were—the ones that were going to stick around and support me. I’ll just say the outcome was slim pickins!” Panettiere told Parade. “My life became all about staying healthy, getting good sleep, finding parks and nature.”
But getting there wasn’t an easy journey. Earlier this year, Panettiere sought treatment for the second time to tackle postpartum depression.
“The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life,” she wrote in a tweet. “Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!”
Now that Panettiere is happy and healthy again, she says that Nashville is finally starting to feel like home. She has a solid group of a friends and a set routine—though her Sundays aren’t as relaxing as they were growing up.
“I can’t say that anything is typical or ‘the norm’ about any day of the week now that I’m the mom of a 2-year-old. She gets her hands in just about everything, and my biggest job at the moment is keeping her alive!”
Panettiere also offered up a few details about her character Juliette’s fate, but we don’t want to spoil it for you. To find out what happens to country music’s resident bad girl in Season 5, make sure you tune into CMT on Jan. 5!