Hayden Panettiere returns to Twitter with shaved hair, did she dump abusive boyfriend?

I can write badass in the text to this story without affecting the ads I’m pretty sure, but I think it triggers something when it’s in the title, which is why I censored it. Anyway we’ve been so worried about Hayden Panettiere since she’s been in a relationship with an abusive POS named Brian Hickerson. She started dating him in the summer of 2018, there are so many incidents of the cops being called to the home when he’s abused her, and she took him back a few times, even after a judge issued a protective order against him on Hayden’s behalf. This is typical in abusive relationships, it’s a cycle of abuse and Hayden was clearly stuck in it and may have legitimately feared for her life. Some of the details on the police reports of her injuries were horrific. The good news is that earlier this week Hayden shared the photo above and said she was channeling her Scream 4 character, Kirby. It’s very typical of women to get a different haircut or color coming out of a breakup and it’s a good sign that Hayden is posting again. She’s so pretty with that short haircut it really highlights her features! Here’s a photo of her back in 2011 when she did Scream 4 and there are more below.


You know whose haircut this reminds me of? Gina Rodriguez when she was filming that crazy complicated scifi movie with Natalie Portman, Annihilation. (I know that a lot of critics liked and appreciated that film, but I hated it apart from Gina’s excellent performance and I find Gina so problematic.) I’m so happy to see Hayden back on Twitter. She doesn’t have an Instagram account that’s public but she’s been on Twitter in the past with her activism for ocean animals. It’s really cool that she’s adopted that cause and cares deeply about it. I want her to be happy, I’d like to see her working again, and it looks like she’s coming out the other side now. I also hope that she’s sober. I know that’s not everyone’s issue, but it was mine and when I see women drinking a lot like Hayden was I worry about them. Getting sober can change your life so much for the better. So can dumping a horrible a-hole who tries to control your life and manipulate you.

Hayden in 2011 circa Scream 4:


photos credit: WENN and via Twitter

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  1. Nicole says:

    I also hope she’s sober. She’s been in the game a long time (back when she was underage and partying with Paris). I do hope she can find a life happy joyous and free and connecting with her daughter.

  2. Mia4s says:

    Wow I hope you’re right but honestly? It feels like wishful thinking. Most recently she was photographed travelling with him and seemed in the “I am a mature woman more than capable of making my own decisions” stage from her comments. I’m going to need a lot more evidence to have any optimism for her.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m going to totally date myself here, lmao, but I remember watching her as a little girl way back when I watched Guiding Light. In fact I think I quit soaps around the time she was supposed to be very very young. I’m glad she’s doing better, hopefully. I know she’s been in the entertainment industry forever, but there are times I don’t think it suits certain celebrities, and she is one. I can’t put a finger on an exact reason, but it has something to do with the ins and outs of self actualization. I think she’d surpass her potential without cameras.

    • Jugstorecowboy says:

      That is so insightful…I bet it could probably be applied in a lot of areas. Thanks, that really made me think.

  4. AnnaKist says:

    She looks like a different person. She’s very pretty. I also hope she’s doing well and kicked the Briamscum to the kerb.

  5. Lipreng says:

    Her haircut looks amazing.

  6. Kristen says:

    If I had her face, I would chop my hair and wear bright red lips every day! She is drop-dead-gorgeous!

  7. Allergy says:

    Callie Khouri said something really wonderful about Panettiere in an interview once, how when they were casting Nashville she expected to get good singers, but didn’t think they’d “get a Ferrari” (Panettiere).

  8. Senator Fan says:

    She’s beautiful and I hope she is on the other side of abuse. She’s so talented and I really hope she gets back to work and has a relationship with her daughter as well. Sad how things spiralled for her but most child stars have walked the same path. Here’s hoping she survives it and has a healthy and happy life.

  9. Skittlesandkittens says:

    Daughter in the Ukraine full time and she’s posting about her haircut. Big woop.

    • Kosmos says:

      Right– and after she had her child, her ex mostly had custody. Doesn’t really seem like she wants to be a mother, and then she hooks up with sketchy bad boys on top of that. I guess I missed the fact that she has or had a drinking problem. I just remember seeing her in the show Nashville every week and I thought she sang very well and had a promising career, but maybe she’s got personal demons that I never knew about. Too bad. She would have a lot going for her otherwise. If she picks abusive men, that’s also a red flag and also says something about her choices. She looks adorable here, maybe she will keep it together after this.

  10. Stef says:

    She looks soooo good here! Her hair is adorable. I hope she’s healthy and happy. I’ve always liked her and wish her the best.

  11. Nina Post says:

    From someone who has been there, I just want to say that it is not necessarily a matter of ‘dumping’ someone as it is a matter of ‘escaping’ them.

    I was with a devastatingly physically abusive man for about six months. The last four were a matter of me trying to find a way to leave without him attempting to kill me, call my job and falsely accuse me of being a drug addict, or post humiliating nude photos of me online which were taken pre-abuse, when he was charming and seemed like the most trustworthy man I had ever met – all of which were things he threatened.

    I was able to leave only after he left messages on my voicemail threatening murder, which he knew would be very hard for him to disprove in court.

    Getting an order of protection is almost always brought up in situations like these, but this is not the solution people often think it is. An order of protection will not be helpful if the abuser has killed you before police have a chance to even find out the order was violated.

    Furthermore, getting an order of protection can simply anger the abuser more and (paradoxically) put the victim more at risk.