After several weeks of silence on social media networks, Hayden Panettiere, who is best known for her role as Claire Bennet in the sci-fi TV series Heroes, has returned to show off her new haircut. As reported by People magazine, the 26-year-old actress opened up about her new shorter ‘do, and it seems that the hairstyle marks a new chapter for the star.
“Chopping hair off is like getting rid of metaphorical and literal dead ends. Off with the old and growing the new,” she said in a tweet posted on Friday.
According to Yahoo! News, the post was Hayden’s first social media update since entering treatment for postpartum depression in October. With this new hairstyle, the usually blonde-haired actress now joins several other female celebrities who have opted to chop off their locks in recent months.
Hayden Panettiere rose to fame after starring in Heroes, although her career in the world of acting began at age five. The successful science fiction television drama series told the stories of ordinary people who discover superhuman abilities, and how these abilities take effect in the characters’ lives. She is currently starring in ABC’s musical drama series Nashville, which chronicles the lives of various fictitious country music singers in Nashville, Tennessee.
It’s been a year since Hayden Panettiere became a mother and she is still going through postpartum depression that has caused her to seek professional help in order to tackle her struggle with the disorder. Us Weekly reports that the Nashville star checked into a treatment center for postpartum depression in early October after welcoming her first child with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko last December.
Postpartum depression occurs in some women soon after giving birth. Symptoms include sadness and hopelessness. Counseling and antidepressants are treatment options.
Panettiere’s representative issued a statement to Us Weekly confirming the news and asked that the media respect their privacy.
“Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression,” her rep said in a statement. “She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”
Panettiere welcomed her first child, a girl named Kaya, with her fiance Wladimir Klitschko in December 2014, and since then she has talked about her experience with the mental illness. In September, Panettiere appeared on Live! with Kelly and Michael and detailed her battle with postpartum depression, saying that the disorder is often misunderstood. She also explained how she identifies with her on-screen character Juliette Barnes, who is also suffering from postpartum depression.
“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,” she said. “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.”
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