Did Hayden Panettiere Lose Custody of Her Baby Girl?
Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko gave birth to their baby girl in December 2014.
The duo had connected in 2009 and dated on and off for two years, but in 2013 they reconnected again, and this time Klitschko sealed the deal by proposing to her.
Things were going well for the Heroes actress and the boxer, but it didn’t last long as Panettiere suffered from post-natal depression.
Panettiere was always open about her diagnosis, and in 2015, she opened up about it during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael.
“When they tell you about postpartum depression, you think about, ‘OK, I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure my child. I want to hurt my child,’” the actress shared on the talk show.
But she iterated that she never had those feelings, however, ten months after her baby was born, she checked herself in a rehabilitation center for treatment.
She sought professional help once again in May 2016. As Panettiere became occupied with recovery, Klitschko took on the responsibility of caring for their baby girl.
Hayden Panettiere Gives up the Custody of Her Baby
According to Panettiere, Klitschko was a pillar of support throughout the ordeal and selflessly stepped up and took over most parenting duties and helped raise their baby.
“I cut nails, change diapers, do the bath with her,” the boxing champion shared to Page Six during an interview in 2015.
But the couple ended up going their separate ways in 2018, and they remained amicable.
After the split, Klitschko received full custody of their daughter, and he moved back to his home country of Ukraine with their daughter.
Hayden Panettiere and her baby girl (Source: Hayden Panettiere/Twitter)
Fans were surprised at the unusual co-parenting arrangement, but reports suggest it was Panettiere’s idea.
After the separation, the actress went back to work and traveled back and forth from LA to Kyiv to meet their daughter.
But a source revealed to Daily Mail saying, “she really hasn’t had much time with her daughter but she knows the child being with her is not best for [Kaya right now]. So it’s a sad situation.”
They added that the former Glee star did not spend the holidays with her daughter, which was heartbreaking for Panettiere.
Is Hayden Panettiere Married?
But co-parenting was not the only issue that Panettiere had to deal with.
After splitting with Klitschko, the Nashville star started dating Brian Hickerson in August 2018, and sources revealed that the two of them were off to a great start.
In September 2018, Us Weekly reported that things were getting serious between the two as they had met each other’s friends and family.
After only six months of dating, Panettiere gushed about her partner, sharing that she was ready to marry her boyfriend.
But for those wondering, “is Hayden Panettiere married?” she is not.
In fact, she is no longer with him after Hickerson physically assaulted her.
Hickerson was charged with felony domestic violence and ordered to stay away from Panettiere and not contact her.
The couple split in February 2020 after a domestic violence incident, and five months later, Hickerson was charged with eight counts of domestic violence and assault.