There was a time that seeing Hayden Panettiere’s name made me brace myself for the worst (or at least to stabilize myself for a not-great update). But recently, Hayden’s personal life has made a 180-degree turn for the better, and it has everything to do with her spinning as far away from her allegedly abusive ex-boyfriend Bryan Hickerson as possible. Last month we heard that Hayden was on a “path to recovery” which reportedly didn’t include Brian. Now we’re learning that wherever that path may lead, Brian has been ordered by a court of law to remain several yards away from ever stepping foot on said path.
Hayden and Brian’s on-and-off-again relationship has been a mess from him admitting to credit card fraud to a family fight to him getting arrested twice for physically attacking her. One restraining order already issued against him in May 2019. Then we heard that Hayden was done with Brian. Now E! News is reporting that court records show Hayden has an active restraining order against Brian.
According to court records, the 30-year-old actress filed to register an out-of-state restraining order that would protect her from Hickerson in California, where she is currently living.
The restraining order most likely stems from a situation that happened in Jackson, Wyoming on Valentine’s Day. A drunk Brian was reportedly arrested early in the morning on February 14th, and booked for alleged domestic battery. Hayden was identified as the victim in the incident.
Brian pleaded “not guilty” to the charge, and a jury trial was set for September. Sources tell E! that after the situation in Wyoming, Hayden packed her shit and immediately left for California. A source says that Hayden is absolutely done with Brian and hasn’t spoken with him since Valentine’s Day.
“Hayden has since moved back to L.A. and hasn’t reconnected with Brian since relocating,” the insider told E! News. “She doesn’t want anything to do with him as she starts this next chapter.” Our source shared that the Nashville star is currently self-isolating at home with her family because of the coronavirus pandemic, but is “staying positive” and focused on charity work.
There is a bit of sad news in all this. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hayden hasn’t been able to travel to see her daughter 5-year-old daughter Kaya. Kaya lives with her father, Wladimir Klitschko, in Europe while Hayden is in Los Angeles.
I hope Hayden continues to socially and legally distance from Brian forever, because it’s clearly a good thing. And I know she allegedly doesn’t want anything to do with him, and probably hasn’t so much as muttered the name Brian in five months. But on the downside, she might still have to talk about him every once in a while. Like every time she has to re-register her restraining order. Although I’m sure the judge would fully accept if she referred to him simply as: That Guy is an Absolute Dick-erson.