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Hayden Panettiere Gets Real About Motherhood and Friends

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Hayden Panettiere has been candid about dealing with postpartum depression, and now the "Nashville" star and mom of one is getting real about her friendships during pregnancy.

In an interview with Parade magazine, the 27-year-old actress opened up about her move to Nashville at 22 to film the country music-inspired TV series and how she—and her friends—changed in the process.

"When I first arrived, I remember struggling with the concept of making a place so foreign to me feel like home. I was 22, not a mom [yet] and had no one to answer to but myself. My life was all about having fun, exploring myself and meeting new people. It was filled with late nights, great music and figuring out where I fit in here in Nashville," Panettiere says.

Things changed, however, once she decided to become a parent with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.

"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!" she adds. "My life became all about staying healthy, getting good sleep, finding parks and nature."

Panettiere, who stars as country singer Juliette Barnes on the CMT series, has spoken about her health and struggles with postpartum depression following the birth of her 2-year-old daughter Kaya in 2014. While the actress sought treatment for PPD in September 2015, she also wanted to bring more awareness to the condition so other moms could feel more comfortable getting help, too.

"I was always so terrified that people weren't going to accept me," she told Yahoo! Style. "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.'"

Despite her struggles with postpartum depression and support from friends, the "Nashville" actress remains positive about her evolution and with her life as the mom of a toddler.

"Now I’m the mother of a 2-year-old [Kaya Evdokia Klitschko, with Ukranian boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko], I’ve found my pack of solid, loyal, lifelong friends here and am settled into a beautiful routine," she tells Parade. "Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a blast. My life and who I am have simply evolved in a beautiful way."

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