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Hayden Panettiere Calls Ex 'Best Father Ever' Amid Domestic Abuse Drama

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By Sarah Veldman

Another day, another domestic abuse problem between Hayden Panettiere and boyfriend Brian Hickerson.

Despite this, the Nashville star broke her silence to post a photo of ex-fiance Wladimir Klitschko with their 5 year old daughter, who lives with him in Ukraine. She captioned the photo: "Best father ever."

Some Twitter users were confused however, with one asking if this was "before or after he beat you." However, the actress was quick to respond to the mistake, replying, "Wrong guy. Klitschko’s r legends. That’s my CHAMP."

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Her Boyfriend Was Arrested For Punching Her On Valentine's Day

Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson walking down the street at night
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Hayden's boyfriend Brian Hickerson was arrested for domestic violence on Valentine's Day in Jackson, Wyoming.

Police told TMZ that Brian punched Hayden with "a closed fist on the right side of her face." He was arrested for domestic battery and interfering with a police officer, later being released on $5,000 bond.

This isn't the first time the couple have gone through domestic violence issues. Brian was also arrested in May 2019 during an argument in which alcohol played a major factor.

Friends Are Worried For Her

Hayden Panettiere at an event
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Friends are seriously worried about the former Heroes star, and are terrified these domestic violence incidents could get worse.

A source told Us Weekly, “Hayden is in danger with Brian. Add impairment issues from drinking too much and it will have a tragic outcome if she continues the relationship."

The source continued, saying Hayden "believed Brian would never hit her again,” and this is why she didn't "materialize as a witness against him in the Los Angeles case."

Apparently, Hayden has become more and more distant from those around her due to her relationship.

Brian Has Isolated Hayden From Friends And Family

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Another source told Us Weekly that Brian has “isolated Hayden from friends and family.”

They continued, "Don’t blame the victim. She sadly fell in love with a man that hits women. He is violent but can also be incredibly charming. It’s unlikely this will be enough for Hayden to break it off, permanently.”

It's a sad situation, being that Hayden doesn't often see her daughter now that she lives in Ukraine with her father.

Friends have claimed it's challenging for both mother and daughter, with a source telling Us Weekly, "It's heartbreaking and challenging. They didn't spend the holidays together. It's disturbing, and she'll have to figure out how to manage this. It's not an easy scenario."

Hopefully She Will End Things With Brian

Hayden Panettiere in a red and black dress
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Naturally, Hayden's friends and family are concerned about the actress, especially when it was reported the couple had ignored a court order for Brian to stay away from her after the violent incident in May 2019.

A source told Us Weekly, “It’s disturbing to family and friends that Hayden and Brian may not be following the court order. There is not one single person out there who isn’t concerned about Hayden. What Brian did to Hayden is unacceptable behavior, and it’s not to be tolerated.”

Hopefully, the Nashville star will finally end things with Brian after this recent incident, and possibly see her daughter more often.

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