Cheryl Cole's ex is supporting co-star Hayden Panettiere through post-natal depression
Derek Hough has reportedly been writing to Hayden Panettiere every few days while she’s in rehab.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.