In December 2014, Hayden Panettiere gave birth to her first child, daughter Kaya Evdokia, whom she shares with the now-retired professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko. For over a decade, Panettiere and Klitschko had an on-and-off relationship — dating from 2009 to 2011 before calling it quits. They reconnected in 2013, and were engaged when they welcomed their first child.
In 2018, the couple split again, a decision Panettiere describes as amicable. In fact, a source spoke to E! News, revealing that “Hayden and Wladimir are on great terms and friendly. They are a big part of each other’s lives and will continue to be.” Despite such, the trouble arose for Panettiere when, after giving birth to Kaya, she began experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression — so much so that she “voluntarily [sought] professional help at a treatment centre as she … [was] … battling postpartum depression,” per a statement to Us Weekly.
In a 2017 appearance on Good Morning America, Panettiere opened up about her postpartum depression, stating, “It takes a while and you feel off you don’t feel like yourself. … Women are so resilient and that’s the incredible thing about them. And I think I’m all the stronger for it. I think I’m a better mom for it because you never take that connection for granted,” she continued.