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Hayden Panettiere Spotted With Troubled Boyfriend Brian Hickerson, Daughter Not Seen In Thanksgiving Photos

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By Ryan Naumann

Hayden Panettiere celebrated Thanksgiving with her on-again off-again boyfriend Brian Hickerson, appearing to be fully back on.

Brian posted a series of photos from their celebration. Hayden and Brian are seen lounging around a home with a bunch of friends. He wrote, “What a great Thanksgiving weekend with some good people. #thanksgiving.”

Hayden’s daughter Kaya, who she shares with ex-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, was not seen in the snaps. Kaya has lived with her father in Ukraine for some time.

The actress has had a rocky relationship with Brian. Back in May, he was arrested for alleged domestic violence. The incident allegedly involved Hayden getting hurt.

According to court documents, Hickerson “willfully inflicted corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon Hayden P.” Hickerson was charged with felony domestic violence following his arrest. The charges were dropped earlier this year. The charges were later dropped after she refused to cooperate with prosecutors.

Hayden’s family and close friends have reportedly been begging her to leave him. She remains by Brian’s side despite the pleas.

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According to US Weekly, Klitschko is not pleased with the actress’ boyfriend. Sources told the outlet “Vlad was so in love with Hayden that he looks the other way with regard to some things, but Brian has tested Vlad’s patience and kindness.”

The former boxer takes issue with Hickerson’s arrest for domestic violence. A source told US, “Vlad thinks that Brian is a user and overall bad guy” and believes Hickerson is “controlling Hayden and enabling all of her bad habits.”

Wladimir lives in Ukraine with their 4-year-old daughter. He reportedly refuses to allow Brian around Kaya. The source said “When Hayden visits it has to be without him.”

Panettiere reportedly heads to Ukraine often to see her daughter. She stays in contact with frequent FaceTime calls. Panettiere has not had custody of her daughter since splitting with Klitschko in August 2018.

A source told People, “Her life is in flux with her daughter living away, and she has other issues weighing on her mind.”

The “Nashville” actress and the former professional boxer started dating in 2009. They broke up in 2011 but got back together in 2013. They eventually got engaged and had their daughter in 2014.

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Panettiere posted a photo of her daughter in February with the caption, “Sweet moments with sleeping babes ❤️”

The actress was honest about dealing with postpartum depression following Kaya’s birth. She checked into rehab to receive treatment. She opened up about the struggles, “It takes you a while and you feel off. You don't feel like yourself."

She continued, "Women are so resilient, and that's the incredible thing about them. I think I'm all the stronger for it. I think I'm a better mom because of it because you never take that connection for granted."

She compared her struggles with her “Nashville” characters on-screen issues. "It absolutely helped me," she said of playing her country star character. "I think it helped me identify what was going on. And to let women know that it's OK to ask for help and it's OK to have a moment of weakness. It doesn't make you a bad person, doesn't make you a bad mother. It makes you a very strong, resilient woman. You've just got to let it make you stronger."

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