After the Nashville star announced in May -- following the short-lived cancellation of the ABC series -- that she was taking "time to reflect holistically on my health and life" in order to better handle her continued struggles with postpartum depression, Panettiere stepped out on July 4 to read her book on a Fifth Avenue doorstep. She did not appear to be wearing her engagement ring to professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
The couple has been engaged since October 2013. In December 2014, the 26-year-old actress gave birth to their daughter, Kaya, before having to take time off from Nashville in October 2015, when she first sought treatment for postpartum depression.
"I was always so terrified that people weren't going to accept me," Panettiere told Yahoo Style in March. "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.'"
"The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people," she added. "I got so much support and so much love. I was floored. I feel much more exposed, yes, but in a great way."
Now, it has been announced that the canceled country music drama series has been revived in a deal with CMT and Hulu, with new episodes expected later this year. And in late June, a source confirmed to ET that Panettiere will return, alongside original co-star Connie Britton for the full 22-episode fifth season!
Before the deal was struck, ET caught up with Britton in May at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, where she offered love for her fellow leading lady.