It's been an unfortunate case of life imitating art for Hayden Panettiere when it comes to the trauma of postpartum depression, but Nashville writers reportedly planned the entire storyline for Panettiere's character, Juliette Barnes, before the 26-year-old actress gave birth in real life.
Fans of the show will remember that season three ended with a bereft Juliette throwing a snow globe towards her husband, Avery,and new baby, Cadence, as she fell apart under the pressures of being a new mother.
Although this episode aired after Hayden herself had spoken to the media about having PPD (postpartum depression, also known as postnatal depression), a source close to the Nashville writers have told People magazine that:
"The groundwork for the postpartum storyline began way back last season [before Hayden gave birth]"
They also added that the entire storyline was "planned and started playing out long before" Panettiere sought treatment herself.
Hayden checked into an undisclosed medical facility on 14 October in order to seek professional help for her PPD and is reported taking a break from filming the show for as long as it takes for her to feel up to the challenge.
I can't blame Hayden from taking time off from such a difficult storyline that must be intensely painful to work on seeing as it's so close to home and I hope that she feels stronger soon.
The star has been a wonderful role model when it comes to having the courage to speak out about PPD and I'm sure she has the support of thousands of mothers and fathers out there who have been through the same thing.