It looks like Hayden Panettiere is trying to assure fans that she’s doing okay after her boyfriend, Brian Hickerson’s recent domestic battery charge.
The 30-year-old Heroes and Nashville star tweeted a photo over the weekend of her daughter, 5-year-old Kaya Evdokia, with boxer Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko is the girl’s father and Hayden’s ex.
“Best father ever,” she captioned the sweet photo, which has since been deleted.
One Twitter user confused the photo of her ex, Wladimir, for Hayden’s infamously on-again off-again boyfriend, Brian Hickerson–the one who was just arrested for domestic violence on Valentine’s Day for allegedly punching Hayden. “Before or after he beat you,” the user asked Hayden in response to the photo.
Hayden was quick to write back, “Wrong guy. Kitschko’s r legends. That’s my CHAMP.”
Another user asked, “Hayden, how are you doing are you okay?” The actress replied, saying that she’s “always good,” and included a smiley face emoji.
Hayden and her ex Wladimir broke up in 2018, after almost a decade together that included an engagement. The two rarely share photos of their daughter, whom they welcomed in 2014. The parents are likely trying to protect their young daughter from becoming a target of online bullies and paparazzi.
Shortly after her split from Wladimir, the actress began dating Brian Hickerson. But the relationship has been rocky from the start.
In 2019, a judge ordered him to stay away from Hayden following an arrest for alleged domestic violence. Brian pleaded not guilty to the felony domestic violence charge. Hayden refused to testify against him. The judge dismissed the case.
A few months later, an inside source confirmed that the two had reconciled after they were photographed together in an airport.
Brian also instigated a drunken altercation with his father in 2018, which Hayden was present for. When police responded to the scene, an officer witnessed Brian chasing his dad in an “agitated state,” and his dad had “what appeared to be blood on his face.” However, no arrests were made.