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Cheryl Cole's ex is supporting co-star Hayden Panettiere through post-natal depression

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Published 10/06/2016 | 15:45

Derek Hough has been helping close friend Hayden Panetierre through her battle with post-natal depression. Photo: Getty
Derek Hough has been helping close friend Hayden Panetierre through her battle with post-natal depression. Photo: Getty
Derek Hough helps Hayden Panetierre with her 'ice bucket challenge' in 2014.
Derek Hough and Hayden Panettiere in a scene from Nashville
Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough on Dancing With The Stars
Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/model Hayden Panettiere

Derek Hough has reportedly been writing to Hayden Panettiere every few days while she’s in rehab.

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The U.S. stars work together on country singing show Nashville, which has just been picked up for a fifth season from a new network, CMT

Hayden is said to be staying in a Utah facility as she seeks help for the second time for her battle with postpartum depression, after the birth of her first child, daughter Kaya.

A source tells America’s OK! magazine that as well as writing to Hayden, Derek, who had a brief relationship with Cheryl Cole in 2010, wants the 26-year-old to know he’s thinking about her.

Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough on Dancing With The Stars
Cheryl Cole and Derek Hough on Dancing With The Stars

“He thinks she’s a really great person,” the insider explained. “They bonded while filming, and he wants to let her know that he cares. He’s got a soft spot for her, and he doesn’t like seeing her go through this.”

Hayden welcomed her daughter with fiance Wladimir Klitschko in December 2014, with the new parents gushing how over the moon they were.

Derek Hough and Hayden Panettiere in a scene from Nashville
Derek Hough and Hayden Panettiere in a scene from Nashville

However Hayden has been struggling with motherhood, a fact that she’s never hidden from the public.

The contact with Derek, 31, has apparently gone down well with the actress.

Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/model Hayden Panettiere
Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/model Hayden Panettiere

“She needs all the encouragement she can get, and it brightens up her day to hear from Derek,” the source said. “She couldn’t be more grateful for his friendship.”

Hayden announced last month that she was taking some time out to help deal with the depression.

Derek Hough helps Hayden Panetierre with her 'ice bucket challenge' in 2014.
Derek Hough helps Hayden Panetierre with her 'ice bucket challenge' in 2014.

Writing to fans on social media she posted: "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. Wish me luck!"

She also voluntarily sought help in October 2015.

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