"It’s a sad situation.” The unravelling of Hayden Panettiere's complicated family life.

Hayden Panettiere’s family are begging her to leave her partner of two years.

In May, Brian Hickerson was arrested over an alleged incident of domestic violence at their home in Los Angeles.

The 29-year-old was detained by police in the early hours of May 2 and he spent the remainder of the night behind bars.

He posted $50,000 for his bail and was released later that afternoon.

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On May 23, Hickerson was charged with one count of felony domestic violence. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Sources close to the couple told TMZ they were out drinking in Hollywood, and when they returned home, there was an altercation that turned physical.

The Sun reports police noticed marks and redness on Panettiere.

Panettiere, 29, and Hickerson started dating in August 2017 after meeting through mutual friends.

It was the same month she split from her former partner, Wladimir Kitschko, after nine years together. They share a daughter, Kaya, 4, who resides with her dad in his native Ukraine. 

Now her family and friends are hoping she’ll finally cut ties with Hickerson.

“It is totally out of control and she has to get over this guy,” a source told PEOPLE.

“Her friends and family have been worried about her for quite a while, and things seem to have gotten worse,” the source adds. “She needs to do some soul-searching. For whatever reason, she continues this relationship, but it has done nothing but take her down lower. It’s a sad situation.”


What do we know about Brian Hickerson?

Hickerson is a real estate agent turned aspiring actor, originally from South Carolina.

He has one credit to his name, M.F.A in 2017, in which he portrayed a character called Officer Williams.

He has a private Instagram, from which he made headlines for an Insta story he posted in which he admitted that while Panettiere is sleeping, he uses her credit card to buy things he wants.

“When my girlfriend is sleeping, I hijack the credit card and buy cool shit like that,” Hickerson said , pointing to a basketball hoop.

“Basketball time!” he said, before shooting the ball and missing the shot.

Radar Online revealed that Hickerson has left a trail of unpaid bills in his wake. In fact, the Bank of Travelers Rest filed a complaint against Hickerson claiming he owes more than $13,000.

In a 2013 credit card application, he claimed he was self employed as a Director of Operations at Hickerson Property with an annual gross income of USD $48,000.

In October, TMZ broke a story about Hickerson getting into an altercation with his dad, David, at a home in South Carolina.

According to the police report, police responded to a call for assault and battery and when they showed up Panettiere reportedly answered the door in a “drunk and frantic state”.

Apparently Hickerson was chasing his father through the house with a Gatorade bottle in his hand. David was left with severe bruising and bleeding.

Panettiere’s mother has told Radar Online she is “in shock” about the latest alleged incident.

“I knew he had an incident with his father and he has a tendency to do that [physical violence]. Never had I thought it would be against Hayden or I would have addressed it sooner. I have addressed many things,” she said.

Relationship wise, Panettiere is not the only famous person Hickerson has been linked with. He also dated Instagram model Baskin Champion, who was Miss Alabama Teen USA 2014.

After just six months of dating, Panettiere was head over heels with her new boyfriend telling US Weekly, “I’ve lived a big life, I’ve met a lot of people. I learn something new from [Brian] every day, and that’s something that not many people can provide me with.”


“I love being low key, being mellow, having experiences, having conversations, really in-depth conversations.”

When she was asked if she sees herself marrying Hickerson, Panettiere responded, “I think so. I hope so.”

Hayden’s past relationship.

Panettiere met her former fiancé Ukrainian boxing champion, Wladimir Klitschko, at a mutual friend’s book launch in 2009 when she was just 19 years old.

They dated for nine years, but were on and off during that time. They split in 2013, before getting engaged in October of that year.

Their daughter Kaya was born in December 2014. Panettiere has been very open about her battle with post-natal depression that saw her have two stints in rehab.

Panettiere and Klitchsko were together nine years, and share a daughter Kaya. Image: Getty.

Panettiere and Klitschko, 42, split for good in 2018.

Kaya is being raised by her dad predominantly in his native Ukraine, some 10,000km from her mother.

According to a ‘source’ who spoke to US Weekly, this means the actress reportedly “never gets to see her”.

The parenting arrangement, the source said, has the Nashville star heartbroken, as she jets over to Europe as much as possible, in an effort to visit the little girl since the couple’s split last year.

“She knows the child being with her is not best [for Kaya right now]. It’s a sad situation," the source said.

“It’s heartbreaking and challenging."

Hickerson has weighed in on his girlfriend's parenting situation telling Access in February: “Hayden is actually on family vacation right now with her daughter and the Champ, so don’t believe everything you read. She’s a great mum.”

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