Hayden Panettiere praised her ex-fiance Wladimir Klitschko as the ‘best father ever’ to their five-year-old daughter Kaya, who she called a ‘stunner’ in a pair of tweets Sunday.
In one shot, Klitschko, a 43-year-old boxer, is dancing with the child in front of a mirror-ball backdrop, decked out by balloons and confetti.
In a separate shot, Kaya, who lives in the Ukraine with her father, had tiger-like features painted on her face as she smiled.
The latest: Hayden Panettiere, 30, on Sunday praised her ex-fiance Wladimir Klitschko, 43, as the ‘best father ever’ to their daughter Kaya, five, less than two weeks after her boyfriend Brian Hickerson, 30, was arrested in connection with domestic violence
Panettiere’s upbeat messages came less than two weeks after her boyfriend Brian Hickerson, 30, was arrested in connection with domestic violence following a Valentine’s Day incident in Jackson, Wyoming.
Police said Hickerson punched the 30-year-old actress with ‘a closed fist on the right side of her face’ amid an argument, according to TMZ.
Hickerson was booked in connection with domestic battery and interfering with a police officer, and subsequently released on $5,000 bond, marking his second arrest in less than a year for a domestic offense.
In May 2019, he was arrested for domestic violence following a drunken argument with the actress.
Roar: Kaya, who lives in the Ukraine with her father, had tiger-like features painted on her face as she smiled
Drama: Panettiere’s upbeat messages came less than two weeks after her boyfriend Brian Hickerson, 30, was arrested in connection with domestic violence following a Valentine’s Day incident in Jackson, Wyoming; pictured January 31, 2019 in Hollywood
Mugshot: On Friday, her boyfriend Brian Hickerson was arrested after police say he ‘punched her in the face’ during an argument at a Wyoming residence
Panettiere, who’s been seen on shows such as Nashville and Heroes, is ‘in danger with Brian’ and has ‘impairment issues from drinking too much,’ which could lead to ‘a tragic outcome’ if she remains in the relationship, a source told Us Weekly last week.
Hayden ‘believed he would never hit her again,’ which is why she chose not to ‘materialize as a witness against him’ in the 2019 case, the source added, noting that Hickerson has ‘isolated Hayden from friends and family’ since their relationship started in the fall of 2018.
‘Don’t blame the victim,’ the source said. ‘She sadly fell in love with a man that hits women. He is violent, but incredibly charming. It’s unlikely this will be enough for Hayden to break it off, permanently.’
Hickerson was arrested February 14 at around 2:30 a.m. after allegedly punching her face with a closed fist during a fight on Valentine’s Day.
The Nashville star’s boyfriend was found by cops from the Teton County Sheriff’s office on the driveway in Jackson Hole, Wyoming after someone called the police to report it. The caller was reported to have said that there was an ‘intoxicated male’ that was ‘locked out of the home’ because ‘he punched his girlfriend in the face,’ according to the outlet.
Police said Hickerson ‘struck’ the Hayden ‘with a closed fist on the right side of her face’ during their fight in their bedroom, where he also ‘threw’ her around.
Out and about: Panettiere was snapped last year in Hollywood
Throwback: Brian has ‘isolated Hayden from friends and family’ since their relationship started in fall 2018; pictured August 2, 2018, the first time they were seen together as they left Craig’s restaurant in LA with Hayden barefoot
Police noted that she had a ‘red and swollen face’ and ‘a scrape and swelling on her left hand’ which she believed came from his watch during their fight.
When authorities arrived on the scene, Brian was in the driveway and he allegedly told them that Hayden was inside the home ‘saying he beat the f**k out of me.’
He said that he hired a private chef to stay around that night so he ‘wouldn’t be accused of bulls**t’ while avoiding their question on whether or not he punched the star.
The couple first began dating in August 2018 after she was spotted walking barefoot out of a restaurant with Brian by her side.
Prior to their outing, it was believed that Hayden was still with her then-fiance Klitschko, who she shares Kaya with. The little one has been living with Wladimir, 43, in his home country of Ukraine.
Happier times: Brian was arrested on Friday around 2:30am after allegedly punching her face with a closed fist during a fight on Valentine’s Day; pictured December 1, 2018 in LA
‘She really hasn’t had much time with her daughter,’ a source told Us Weekly last year. ‘She knows the child being with her is not best for [Kaya right now]. It’s a sad situation.’
Hayden’s mom Lesley Vogel said in 2018 that her daughter does visit Kaya in Europe while Wlad ‘travels a great deal’ to keep some normalcy for their little girl.
‘It’s heartbreaking and challenging,’ an insider said. ‘They didn’t spend the holidays together. It’s disturbing, and she’ll have to figure out how to manage this. It’s not an easy scenario.’
Hayden’s lawyer revealed the actress still ‘regularly’ sees her daughter, People reported in July 2019.
Hayden and Wladimir were in a relationship from 2009 until they split in May 2011; they reunited in April 2013 and got engaged in October of that same year.
In December 2014, the duo welcomed daughter Kaya; she revealed on Live With Kelly and Michael in September 2015 that she experienced postpartum depression.
One month later, Hayden voluntarily checked herself into a facility for postpartum depression and for a second time in May 2016.
Soon after Hayden was seen leaving Craig’s with Brian while barefoot, her mom confirmed she split from Wladimir, who is a Ukrainian former professional boxer.
Though their relationship was over, they remained friends.
‘We’re still respectful of each other, and we still have that friendship with each other,’ Hayden told Us in February 2019. ‘It’s not a situation that you find yourself in all that often, so it’s a new one. But I think we’ve done a really good job.’
In October 2018 – just two months after they were first seen together – Brian allegedly assaulted his father David with Hayden present, according to TMZ.
The incident occurred in South Carolina at a home; cops responded to a call for assault and battery.
Another domestic violence call was placed on May 2, 2019; He was arrested for domestic violence after a drunken argument with the actress turned physical at 2 a.m. in Los Angeles, TMZ reported.
The way they were: Prior to their outing, it was believed that Hayden was still with her then-fiance Wladimir Klitschko, who she shares five-year-old daughter Kaya; seen together on December 7, 2013
Police reportedly discovered ‘redness and marks’ on Hayden’s body; after he was book for felony domestic violence, he was released after posting a $50,000 bond.
The felony complaint said that he ‘willfully inflicted corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon Hayden P.’
He was later charged with one count of felony domestic violence on May 23, 2019 and pleaded not guilty to the charge, which could have seen up to four years in prison; the case was dismissed in September 2019.
‘Our office was unable to proceed because we could not secure a material witness. The protective order also was dismissed,’ a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
In a weird twist of events, Hayden was spotted holding hands with Brian’s brother Zach in September while out and about in New York.
A source told People at the time that the display had nothing to do with affection: ‘Hayden and Zach are friends and have been for a while.’
Hayden’s family still doesn’t ‘approve of the relationship’ due to his behavior, as ‘they are not fans of Brian,’ a source told People magazine. ‘It’s clear that he has issues of his own, not to mention the anger issues, which is obviously a big one.’
At the time, Hayden’s attorney Andrew Brettler told the publication: ‘Hayden is a strong, intelligent woman who is capable of making her own decisions.’
They were last seen together in November 2019 while walking through LAX airport together.
‘It’s disturbing to family and friends that Hayden and Brian may not be following the court order. There is not one single person out there who isn’t concerned about Hayden,’ a source told Us Weekly. ‘What Brian did to Hayden is unacceptable behavior, and it’s not to be tolerated.’
Mom: In December 2014, the duo welcomed daughter Kaya; she revealed on Live With Kelly and Michael in September 2015 that she experienced postpartum depression