Hayden Lesley Panettiere, an American actress, model, and singer, gained recognition for her prominent roles in various TV series such as Heroes (2006-2010) where she played the lead character of Claire Bennet and in Nashville (2012-2018) where she portrayed the character of Juliette Barnes, a role that earned her two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a TV series or Miniseries. Additionally, she also starred in the meta-slasher horror franchise Scream, where she played the character of Kirby Reed, a tomboy film enthusiast.
While her career has been successful, her personal life has been filled with ups and downs. One of the most talked-about aspects of her personal life has been her relationships, particularly her boyfriend. Let’s take a closer look at her relationship history and her current boyfriend, Brian Hickerson.
Who Is Hayden Panettiere’s Boyfriend, Brian Hickerson?
Hayden Panettiere’s current boyfriend is Brian Hickerson, an aspiring actor. The couple were first linked in August 2018, shortly after Panettiere split from Klitschko. They appeared to have a strong start to their relationship, with sources describing them as “cute together” and “having fun.”
However, trouble hit the couple in October 2018 when Hickerson was involved in an altercation with his father. In May 2019, Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence due to an alleged incident with Panettiere. He was charged with felony domestic violence later that month and ordered to stay away from Panettiere and not contact her.
The couple split after a domestic violence incident in February 2020, and five months later, Hickerson was charged with eight counts of domestic violence and assault. Despite the legal troubles, the couple was seen holding hands in public less than two weeks after Hickerson’s arrest.
In April 2023, the actress spoke to The New York Times about her decision to reconnect with Hickerson after their turbulent relationship, stating that she did not take the matter lightly. She acknowledged that Hickerson deserved the consequences of his actions and emphasized that their reconciliation was dependent on him continuing his path to recovery. The actress also mentioned that there were still feelings between them.
Hayden Panettiere’s Relationship History
Hayden Panettiere began dating her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia in December 2007. However, the couple broke up in February 2009. She then met Wladimir Klitschko, the world heavyweight boxing champion, in 2009 at the book launch party for mutual acquaintance Diana Jenkins’ Room 23. The two started dating and were ringside for Klitschko’s knockout victory over Samuel Peter on September 11, 2010. Panettiere announced that they had split in May 2011, citing the long-distance nature of their relationship as the reason. However, the couple reconciled in 2013 and got engaged in October 2013. In December 2014, the couple welcomed their daughter, Kaya.
In 2015, Panettiere revealed that she had experienced postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter. She voluntarily checked into a facility for treatment, causing her to miss filming for a few episodes of Nashville. She returned to treatment in May 2016.
Panettiere’s Coparenting Relationship With Klitschko
Despite her rocky personal life, Panettiere has maintained a good relationship with Klitschko. The former couple shares a daughter, and Panettiere has said that coparenting with Klitschko is “going well.” In a 2019 interview with Us Weekly, Panettiere said, “We’re still respectful of each other, and we still have that friendship with each other.”