Hayden Panettiere Steps out Without Her Engagement Ring After Seeking Help for Postpartum Depression

07/05/2016 at 11:45 PM ET

In May, Hayden Panettiere announced she sought holistic help for her continued struggles with postpartum depression. And nearly two months later, the actress was spotted for the first time in New York City on Monday.

Dressed in a plaid shirt and blue leggings, Panettiere, 26, had her nose in the book Underboss: Sammy The Bull Gravano’s Story of Life in the Mafia while sitting on a stoop and smoking a cigarette. Missing on her left ring finger was her six-carat engagement ring from fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.

Panettiere and Klitschko, 40, began dating in 2009 but split in 2011. The pair reconciled two years later in early 2013. Recently, the actress had called her fiancé one of the “loves of [her] life” during the couple’s March beach outing with their daughter Kaya Evdokia, who will turn 19 months old on Saturday.

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The Nashville star first sought treatment for postpartum depression in October 2015 after giving birth to the couple’s daughter, who is now 18 months. And Panettiere has never been ashamed to talk about her battle with postpartum depression.

“There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think it’s not real, that’s it not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones,’ ” she said prior to her very first treatment. “They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary, and women need a lot of support.”

RELATED VIDEO: Hayden Panettiere on Postpartum Depression: I Want Women to Know It’s Ok to Ask for Help

And in May, the mother of one tweeted, “The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life. Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life.”

Panettiere’s N.Y.C. outing comes a week after it was reported that she would return to Nashville for season 5 when it moves to CMT. Panettiere is expected to reprise her role as Juliette Barnes, who also suffered from postpartum on the show, along with series regular Connie Britton.

— Karen Mizoguchi

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Stella on

Leave her alone, People! Shame on you. She is taking care of herself. There are lots of reasons why she’s not wearing it. I didn’t wear mine all the time when I was engaged, and I still don’t wear it all the time.

Not anymore on

Agreed. Disgusting people is publishing this and I am a 17 year subscriber

Anonymous on

Who cares if she’s wearing her ring. Leave her the hell alone!

Buffy0531 on

You know what’s super helpful to someone going through PPD? Speculating about her personal life. She wasn’t at an interview, or other public function. The implication of a breakup is irresponsible, and could be very unhelpful to her recovery should she see it. Think a little harder next time befor you post stuff like this,

Yellie on

She’s worried about being healthy yet she’s smoking cigarettes…
I wish her the best though!

reh1259 on

She’s battling horrible depression and People is running an article trying to stir up drama as to why she’s not wearing her engagement ring?? This is a new low, People Magazine, even for you. Consider my subscription cancelled. Leave her alone! I’m been married for almost ten years and don’t wear my rings all the time.

Lacey on

I didn’t realize smoking was holistic. Maybe it was medical marijuana.

Granny on

I hate to tell you how many timesi have gone out without my rings. It’s quite common.

Mrs. B on

I don’t care whether she wears her ring or not. What concerns me is that she smokes. Smoking is definitely an unhealthy coping mechanism that will only bring her more problems. If she cares about her health and being the best mother that she can be, she’ll give up the nasty habit of smoking.

Vanna on

At least she is seeking help, good for her.

torpian on

Hayden is my favourite celebrity – so thank you for the story about her. I doubt there are any problems with her relationship to Wlad and I hope she’s in a better place now that she’s received the help she sought.

OL on

she has had postpartum for some time, and she has been honest about it. I hope she is doing well now.

Jana on

You people are unreal. So what if she’s smoking. Its her life. This article is about her depression and you choose to take her down even more.

Meh on

I don’t see what the big deal is about having an article written about her. Most celebrity pictures happen because celebrities go to a spot where they know paparazzi are or they call them themselves to be casually photographed. She and her PR team probably set this one up, relax.

Poppy on

How’s that “holistic” thing working out for ya with your smokes, Hayden? Good grief.

Robin on

Hayden is trying to live a healthier lifestyle by smoking cigarettes?

I may not live the healthy lifestyle but at least I never pi ked up smoking.

chris on

Come on really!!!!!!! I am married 20 years and don’t wear any of my rings….it means nothing. I just don’t but I am not getting divorced…Leave her alone!

Sara on

I am very pleased that a celebrity is open and honest about her struggles .. I suffered horribly from depression and luckily I had a great support system but many women don’t

Taylor2010 on

So she’s not wearing her ring – so what, People??? I leave the house without mine all the time and so do many people! She’s going through a very difficult time and I’m sure the last thing on her mind is, “Oh, I better remember to wear my big rock!”

guest on

It’s good she’s taking care of herself, but I find it sad she’s smoking so much lately, that’s so counterproductive for a healthy lifestyle. Also (not shown in this article but other pics from that occasion) she hadquite a trout pout from lip injections. I hope she doesn’t destroy her natural beauty.

Mingo on

It’s not right to buy this photo of her when you KNOW what she’s struggling with. You bought it from a pap. You should check yourself.

guest on

Having to wear winter clothes in July couldn’t be helping either. That would depress me.

another guest on

huh she is wearing winter boots in the summer.

El on

Are you sure it’s a box of cigarettes. It looks like it may actually be a cellphone… And I agree that People shouldn’t be publishing stories that suggest her relationship is in trouble – she has enough to deal with without worries about her relationship.

Tay on

Wow-way to speculate PEOPLE. She’s battling depression and you’re writing a pointless article suggesting her relationship might be on the rocks? Maybe she just forgot to put it on or there’s a number of innocent reasons she might not be wearing her ring. This is nothing more than garbage gossip.

Hea on

Well I wouldn’t “step out” with a six carat diamond ring on my finger in New York City either. Leave her alone!

Hayden Harper on

Who cares if she is not wearing her ring! Maybe she took it off because her fingers and hands are swollen. Leave her alone!

Anonymous on

Why do people put so much importance on who’s wearing a ring?? I flushed mine down the toilet YEARS ago, & I’m still married…. Make that 39 years + 5 months.


Well I know this and you can look it up smoking can lead to depression my wife took up nasty habit she got depressed she could not find what causing it until she went to doctor he asked her does she smoke she said yes but just recently well doc said you need to stop I’m willing bet you will stop ..at first my wife outgoing bubbly so happy go lucky why she started smoking one of her friends convinced her help her loose weight yeah please it was wrong. But,with it all she quit is back to her old self again I was young man watched my family die off one by one cause of these things I can’t stand,to smell them it brings back horrible memories when they killed my Dad when I was only 12 . I hope she gets help with that habit lives to be around her child My Gosh theres enough out here to get cancer over w/o helping it God Bless to Her and Her Family I’m not Judge I love her so much if I knew as a friend I would do every thing out of compassion to help her .

Jacy on

Actually it’s a cellphone not cigarettes! It’s really thin and I don’t think she’s a smoker.

Hea on

1.) She’s holding a cellphone.
2.) Lots of people wear Uggs. Pamela Anderson would most likely wear them in a hot desert as well.