Hayden Panettiere says she’s ‘always good’ after abusive boyfriend’s latest arrest

Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson out with Hayden's family in Florida
Hayden Panettiere has been going through some sh-t the past year particularly. She’s been in an abusive relationship with an awful man called Brian Hickerson, who was arrested most recently on Valentine’s Day after allegedly abusing her again. I didn’t cover that because it was just sad and awful. (You can read the details and see Brian’s mugshot on US Magazine’s site, I’m not going to get into all that.) He was charges with felony domestic violence in May of last year when a protective order was issued against Brian on Hayden’s behalf by the court. It’s unclear if that was still in force during this last incident or if Hayden was seeing Brian voluntarily despite it. Whatever is going on, Hayden wants people to know that she’s doing ok. She tweeted and deleted a photo of her ex, boxing great Wladimir Klitschko, with their daughter Kaia, five, writing “Best father ever.” She also shared a photo of Kaia with face paint, which she deleted as well. When a Twitter user asked her about the abuse, she clarified that wasn’t the same guy and that was Klitschko was her champ. Another person asked her if was ok and she wrote that she was “always good.” Here are those tweets, and I got the background on her deleted tweets from US and E!

The last we talked about Hayden was a couple of months ago when she debuted a new hairstyle where she shaved the sides of her head. I wrote at the time that I hope it was symbolic of her dumping her abusive boyfriend. That may have been the case, and he may have come back and hurt her. That happens to so many women stuck in abusive relationships. It’s much more dangerous for them when they try to leave, and they get blamed if they stay. I hope this means that Brian is facing jail, and that may be why she is so positive in her tweets. Only 2% of domestic abusers ever get jail time.

All of these photos of Hayden and Brian are older, we haven’t had new photos of her in over a year.

Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson enjoy a date night at ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood

Photos credit: Backdrid, Avalon.red and WENN

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  1. Sayrah says:

    She’s in trouble. I’m honestly concerned.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Something about this is scaring me too. Her terse tweets, I dunno, nothing’s sitting right.

  2. GuestOne says:

    This poor woman. I hope she gets the strength& help she needs to escape this abusive relationship& heal afterwards

  3. Embee says:

    This situation deserves our attention. Whilst I sincerely pray that Hayden gets the help she needs, I think her situation serves as an amazing example of how vulnerable someone with mental health issues can be…especially when a predator is involved. With all her resources Hayden is still apparently in a very bad place. It is very Brittany-esque with the PPD, breakdowns, sketchy guys etc. We have GOT to figure this stuff out as a society. We cannot simply say “Oh she keeps going back” when her chemistry/sense of safety is all messed up. It’s awful.

    • No says:

      Traumatic re-enactment. We do have it figured out. People can get out of this cycle.

    • Maggie says:

      Most women in abusive relationships try to leave these men NINE times until they finally get out. Just happened to my cousin. She needs support and understanding because I’m sure he’s telling her he’ll kill her daughter and her family. My cousin needed her ex husband’s support to get out as well, he has limited custody of their son but when I couldn’t take her son he had him because it took awhile to get out.
      Don’t forget Hayden’s mother is a useless fame whore. She probably has no support.

      • Kimberly says:

        she gave custody of her child to the dad, her Ex. Let’s not speculate what the dirt ball boyfriend says to her so that she stays with him. She has to face her demons and heal, while not allow his to consume her. Hopefully she leaves him one day and get assistance to help with her drinking problem.

  4. Sarah says:

    Thankfully her child isn’t living in this situation.
    Hayden is going to end up dead.

  5. Chrissyms says:

    She also needs to address her alcohol addiction. This is so sad for her and also so sad for her child who does not seem to have a relationship with her at all. Very tragic 🙁

  6. nicegirl says:

    My best friend is in such a situation and it’s heartbreaking. Drugs are involved in the case of my friend and I’m so sad and scared. Not saying that is the case here but it’s a part of what is making my amiga so vulnerable to abuse, I hate it and the dude so much. I have a soft spot for Hayden, sending love. I’m so glad Kaia is safe and thriving but hoping for lots better for Hayden.

    • Joanna says:

      Aww, that’s tough. I have a friend with a hubby who likes to stomp on or twist her feet when they get into an argument. I hope she leaves him but they have a daughter and she’s scared of him being alone with him when he’s drunk and in a bad mood. Hope your amiga and mine get out soon.

    • Maggie says:

      I’m glad she’s being responsible with her daughter. I doubt her relationship and the custody situation are unrelated. Maybe she’s not as far gone as it seems.

  7. Middle of the road says:

    I’m really scared for her. I was in an extremely abusive, scary relationship years ago and the only way it ended was him being arrested and jailed for a few months. During that time I moved, got a new car, and changed my number. Even to this day and it’s been 14 years, I still cringe whenever I hear his name. I hope she gets help or her friends/family force the help on her.

  8. Originaltessa says:

    This makes me sad. She’s just not coping with her life and is making all the wrong choices. Another child star that just can’t function as an adult. Someone needs to help her.

    • Maggie says:

      Yeah and look up her mom. She’s not helping. She let Hayden go clubbing with Paris Hilton at age 18.

  9. lucy2 says:

    I’m very sad for her and everything she has been through. I hope things improve for her.

  10. Ali says:

    Terrible situation.

  11. Whatabout says:

    I think Klitcko is in LA. It appears he, with their daughter, flew in right after this incident. Maybe he can help her get the support she needs? As it doesn’t appear her family and friends can get through to her.

  12. Universe says:

    This won’t end well if she doesn’t find the strength to leave.
    Most women stay due to financial restrictions, she doesn’t have any of this.

    • CherHorowitz says:

      So much wrong with the last part of your comment but too early in the morning to get into it

  13. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    The prior restraining order was dropped when the charges where dropped against him because Hayden wouldn’t testify. She was right back with him the day after the restraining order was dropped. She was probably seeing him while there was an order but just not being photographed doing it. Remember when she was out walking the streets holding hands with his brother at one time? Weird. I hope she gets whatever help she needs. She has a daughter she hopefully spends some time with. Yet you never see pictures of them.

  14. Jessie says:

    I hope he’s one of the 2% that get jail time so she can get out. He’s going to kill her if she can’t.

  15. JustMe says:

    I’ve seen other pictures of her in the floral dress walking barefoot and you can see the bruises on her legs. I think Hayden is a very messed up girl who thinks somehow abuse shows he loves her (ie he’s jealous cause of love). But yah one of these times it’s going to end tragically…she’ll hit her head or the guy won’t be able to control his rage. Sad she has no one in her life that can get her away from abusive men. I’m sure most of us have heard the rumours that she’s “into getting hit” but she’s so tiny it can go bad too fast …sad