Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson's Rocky Relationship Timeline

Rollercoaster romance. Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson’s relationship has been marred by legal trouble since the couple were first linked in August 2018.

The Nashville alum moved on with Hickerson after her split from fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. Panettiere and the former professional boxer began dating in 2009. The pair briefly broke up in 2011 but got engaged two years later. They welcomed daughter Kaya in December 2014.

Hickerson and the actress appeared to have a strong start. “She seemed very happy and in great spirits and they were having [a] fun night together,” a source told Us Weekly in August 2018 when the new couple were spotted at a screening of Breaking & Exiting in Los Angeles. The insider added that they “seemed cute together.”

The following month, an onlooker told Us the duo “were very affectionate and sat next to each other the entire time” while grabbing brunch with pals: “When their two friends went exploring the space, they stayed behind and remained close to each other talking and kissing.”

Trouble hit the couple in October 2018 when Hickerson was involved in an altercation with his father. In May 2019, the Los Angeles resident was arrested for domestic violence due to an alleged incident with his girlfriend. He was charged with felony domestic violence later that month and ordered to stay away from Panettiere and not contact her.

Amid her rocky personal life, the Heroes alum told Us exclusively that coparenting with Klitschko was “going well” and the two “get along” despite their breakup. “We’re still respectful of each other, and we still have that friendship with each other,” she said in January 2019. “It’s not a situation that you find yourself in all that often, so it’s a new one. But I think we’ve done a really good job.”

Scroll to revisit Panettiere’s relationship timeline with Hickerson.

August 2018

A source confirmed to Us that Panettiere was dating Hickerson following her split from Klitschko. The couple sparked romance rumors in August when they were spotted holding hands in West Hollywood. Another insider divulged that the twosome had been together “for a couple of months,” adding: “They both party together and are having fun.”


September 2018

Nearly two months later, the pair were “getting serious,” according to a source. “She joined him on a trip from L.A. to South Carolina last week to meet up with his family and friends. They are full steam ahead!”

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October 2018

Police in South Carolina responded after receiving a call about “a domestic assault in progress” involving Hickerson and his dad. An incident report obtained by Us stated that Panettiere “appeared to be frantic” and “intoxicated.” Her boyfriend denied assaulting his father, while his dad told authorities that his injuries were caused by “a fall and not an assault.”


November 2018

An insider revealed to Us that the Scream 4 actress’ friends were worried about her relationship with Hickerson, with an insider referring to the pairing as “not a healthy situation.”

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November 2018

Hickerson made a scene at a Hollywood bar when he jokingly shouted, “Everyone shut the F up! I’m about to propose to my girlfriend. Dakota Fanning, will you marry me?” Panettiere was seen laughing in a video obtained by TMZ.

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February 2019

Us reported that Kaya lived in Ukraine with her dad, meaning the Remember the Titans actress did not have “much time” with her daughter. “She knows the child being with her is not best for [Kaya right now],” a source told Us. “It’s a sad situation.”

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February 2019

Panettiere looked toward her future with Hickerson when asked whether she would marry him someday. “I think so,” she told Us. “I hope so.” She also gushed about their connection, “I’ve lived a big life. I’ve met a lot of people. I learn something new from [Brian] every day, and that’s something that not many people can provide me with.” The Bring It On: All or Nothing star elaborated that she liked to spend time with her boyfriend “being low key, being mellow, having experiences, having conversations, really in-depth conversations.”

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May 2019

The aspiring actor was arrested for domestic violence after police found “redness and marks” on Panettiere’s body following an argument, TMZ reported. Less than two weeks later, the duo were spotted holding hands while out for coffee.


May 2019

Hickerson was charged with felony domestic violence, while a judge granted a protective order requested by prosecutors. The document stated that he could not come within 100 yards of the Guiding Light alum, nor contact her. The prosecutor accused the South Carolina native of hitting Panettiere “on the face, causing her to get dizzy.”

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February 2020

Hickerson was arrested in Wyoming on Valentine’s Day following an alleged domestic dispute with Panettiere. Police told TMZ that the pair got into a fight in which he allegedly struck her “with a closed fist on the right side of her face.” He was later released on a $5,000 bond.