We loved seeing Hayden Panettiere rock the Critics’ Choice Awards red carpet earlier this week, but not just because she looked smokin’ hot in her beautiful pink gown.

The CCA awards marked the actress’s first TV appearance since she entered a treatment center for postpartum depression — and can we just say that she was utterly radiant all night long? The Nashville star spoke about how surprised she was about all the positivity she’s received since announcing her struggle.

“I didn’t even look at social media. Then, when I looked, people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, good for you,’ and I am so proud to be a spokesperson and a woman that people can look to and to know that they’re not alone and they’re not weak if they go and they seek help.

She went on to say that she’s happy she can finally be herself:

“I’m 26 years old. I’m a mom. I don’t need to be afraid of what people are going to think. I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn’t know that honesty could be such a gift.”

Preach, mama. Preach.

xx, The FabFitFun Team