Hayden Panettiere's Love Affairs: A Detailed Dating History

Hayden Panettiere is an American actress and singer. She's most famous for playing Claire Bennet on the TV show "Heroes." 

Panettiere has been in a relationship with Brian Hickerson for some time now. They seem to be happy together, sharing moments and experiences. Let's take a deep dive into their relationships.

Currently Dating Brian Hickerson

Hayden Panettiere is currently dating Brian Hickerson. They were first linked in August 2018, and their relationship sparked romance rumors when they were seen holding hands in West Hollywood. 


Hayden Panettiere at the beach SOURCE: Instagram @haydenpanettiere

This public display of affection caught the attention of fans and the media, who began speculating about their relationship. Since then, Hayden and Brian have been seen together, enjoying each other's company.

Previously Expressed Desire To Marry Brian

Hayden has previously expressed her desire to marry Brian. When asked in 2019, whether she would marry him someday, she responded with "I think so" and "I hope so." 

This showed that the actress was open to spending her life with Hickerson. Relationships can change over time, so, it's unclear if she still feels the same way about him. 

The Victim Of Domestic Violence

Panettiere and Hickerson's relationship has faced some challenges. In May 2019, he allegedly became the victim of domestic violence at his hand. The police found "redness and marks" on the actress' body, leading to his arrest for felony domestic violence. 

However, he pleaded not guilty, and the case was eventually dismissed. Despite this troubling incident, less than two weeks later, Hayden and Brian were seen together again. 


Hayden Panettiere at an event SOURCE: Instagram @haydenpanettiere

In another instance of domestic violence, Brian was arrested in Wyoming on Valentine's Day in 2020. The arrest happened after he allegedly struck her with his fist on the right side of her face. He was released on a $5,000 bond later.

Following this disturbing event, the "Scream 4" actress made the difficult decision to end her relationship with Hickerson. She obtained a temporary restraining order against him for her safety. However, despite this, they were seen together again in July 2021. 

Why Still With Brian?

Panettiere and Hickerson are still together, despite the challenges they've faced. She spoke to The New York Times about their relationship. She said that she didn't make the decision lightly to reconnect with her abusive partner. 

In an interview with E! News, Hickerson acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, stating, "We have a long history together, and the first step in my recovery as an abuser is making amends." He expressed gratitude to the actress for allowing him the opportunity to make things right. 

Previously Engaged To Wladimir Klitschko

Met At A Party

Hayden and former boxer Wladimir first met at a party for a mutual friend in 2008. At the time, the "Heroes" actress was in a relationship with Milo Ventimiglia. But, that didn't stop her from making the first move. 


Hayden Panettiere and her ex-fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko SOURCE: Pinterest

The actress broke the ice by commenting on the Ukranian's stature, saying, "You're huge." Wladimir responded with a playful remark, "You're tiny." This humorous exchange marked the beginning of their friendship. They commenced their relationship in 2009.

The Engagement

Panettiere and Klitschko's relationship reached a new milestone when the actress confirmed their engagement on October 9, 2013. Speculations had been swirling for months as she was frequently spotted wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring. 

Finally, Hayden made it official, describing the proposal as "very sweet and simple and genuine." The simplicity of the proposal reflected the genuine love and connection between the two.  

The Brief Breakup

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir experienced a brief breakup in May 2011. However, despite the separation, their love endured, and they were spotted together again having lunch in February 2013. 


Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko at the Oktoberfest SOURCE: Pinterest

This reconciliation hinted at a renewed commitment between the two. Sometimes, taking a break can provide clarity and perspective. The actress also dated Scotty McKnight in that period.

The Final Split

Panettiere and Klitschko faced their final split in 2018. Their relationship began to unravel shortly after the birth of their daughter, Kaya Evdokia Klitschko, who was born in December 2014, as mentioned in an article by People

Hayden struggled with treatment for postpartum depression, which took a toll on the relationship. Despite her efforts to seek treatment and overcome her challenges, the strain proved too much for their partnership to withstand. The difficulties they faced highlight the importance of mental health awareness and support.

Past Relationships

Hayden Panettiere has had several past relationships before her involvement with Wladimir. From 2011 to 2012, she was in a relationship with Scotty McKnight. Before that, from 2008 to 2009, she dated Milo Ventimiglia. 

The actress's relationship with Stephen Colletti lasted from 2006 to 2008. Additionally, she has had encounters with other individuals, including Kevin Connolly from 2009 to 2010, Harry Morton in 2009, Steve Jones in 2009, and Jesse McCartney also in 2009. 


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