Hayden Panettiere's boyfriend denies report that she 'gave up her daughter'

What is going on with Hayden Panettiere?

The 29-year-old actress from Nashville and Heroes is the target of an unflattering story in Us Weekly that claims she “gave up” her 4-year-old daughter, Kaya, with her boxer champ ex-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko as she spirals “out of control” with her new boyfriend, aspiring actor Brian Hickerson. The report has led Hickerson to speak out.

According to Us Weekly — which is owned by American Media, the same company that owns tabloids National Enquirer and Star — the actress has essentially chosen her new relationship over parenting. After battling postpartum depression, for which she sought treatment in 2015 and 2016, she now lives apart from the child, who is in Ukraine being raised by Klitschko and his mom, as she “spirals out of control” and exhibits “wild behavior,” the mag claims.

A source told Us, Panettiere, who was a child star, getting her star on soap operas, “hasn’t had much time” with Kaya.” The actress “knows the child being with her is not best” for Kaya right now. “It’s a sad situation.”

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BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 05: Hayden Panettier and Wladimir Klitschko attend the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2015 show at Tempelhof Airport on December 5, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Hayden Panettiere (L) and professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko attend HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend The Daily Front Row and Faena Art Celebrate the Launch of The Daily's Miami Edition, Featuring Act One at The Faena Art Dome on November 29, 2016 in Miami Beach, FL. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 07: Hayden Pannetiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend the 'Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2013' at Flughafen Tempelhof on December 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 07: Actress Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2013 at Flughafen Tempelhof on December 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.(Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 25: Hayden Panettiere, Giorgio Armani and Wladimir Klitschko attend the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 on June 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 25: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 on June 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 25: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Menswear Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 on June 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend Paulie Malignaggi vs Adrien Broner boxing match at Barclays Center on June 22, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend Paulie Malignaggi vs Adrien Broner boxing match at Barclays Center on June 22, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Actress Hayden Panettiere (L) and Boxer Wladimir Klitschko in the CITI VIP room at the Rolling Stones '50 & Counting' tour at Staples Center on May 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend the 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Wladimir Klitschko (L) and Hayden Panettiere attend the Entertainment Weekly & ABC-TV Upfronts Party at The General on May 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress Hayden Panettiere attend the premiere of 'Klitschko' during the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage)
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - APRIL 16: Wladimir Klitschko (L) and Hayden Panettiere attend the 22nd KURIER ROMY Gala at the Hofburg on April 16, 2011 in Vienna, Austria. The Austrian public is asked to choose all award winners in a public voting from 47 nominees in seven categories. (Photo by Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko arrive at the 12th Annual Warner Bros. and Instyle Post-Golden Globe Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend HBO's 68th annual Golden Globe Awards Official after party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Hayden Panettiere Und Freund Wladimir Klitschko Bei Der Becker Wies'N Im Hippodrom Auf Dem Oktoberfest In München (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Wladimir Klitschko Und Seine Freundin Hayden Panettiere Bei Der ' United People Charity Night' Zugunsten Von Powerchild E. V. Im Gop Variete-Theater In München (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
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The magazine also reports that Panettiere’s romance with Hickerson — which was first revealed after she was spotted out with him while barefoot in August — is “not a healthy situation,” another source previously said.

Panettiere’s rep didn’t respond to Yahoo request for comment about the tabloid allegations on Wednesday, but Hickerson spoke out to Access Hollywood. “Hayden is actually on a family vacation right now with her daughter and the Champ, so don’t believe everything you read,” he said.

He added, “She’s a great mom.”

Hickerson previously denied to Access Hollywood that their relationship had her inner circle worried. “Just to be clear, Hayden’s friends and family are not worried about her at all,” he told the outlet in November. “Hayden is happy and healthy, and so is our relationship.”

Feeding the gossip about Panettiere’s relationship with Hickerson is an incident that occurred in his native South Carolina in November. According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Hickerson had a physical altercation with his dad and when police were called, Panettiere answered the door.

Panettiere has long been a target of tabloids and bloggers — and her parents’ fractured relationship often made headlines. The actress was in a romance with her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia before her romance with Klitschko began and spanned nine years, off and on. Klitschko and Panettiere welcomed their only child together in December 2014. However, she experienced postpartum depression after and sought treatment, leading her to miss some of Nashville.

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 31: Hayden Panettiere arrives at a screening of Freestyle Releasing's 'Sharkwater Extinction' at the ArcLight Hollywood on January 31, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson are seen on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: Hayden Panettiere is seen on August 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the UFC Fight Night event at Bridgestone Arena on April 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Actress Hayden Panettiere is seen in Soho on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Actress Hayden Panettiere is seen outside Good Morning America on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere discusses 'Nashville' with the Build Series at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere discusses 'Nashville' with the Build Series at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Hayden Panettiere attends Build Presents Charles Esten & Hayden Panettiere Discussing 'Nashville' at AOL HQ on January 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 04: Hayden Panettiere appears on Amazon's Style Code Live on January 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Amazon)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere attend The Daily Front Row and Faena Art Celebrate the Launch of The Daily's Miami Edition, Featuring Act One at The Faena Art Dome on November 29, 2016 in Miami Beach, FL. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Just last week at the Sharkwater Extinction premiere, which Panettiere attended with Hickerson, she opened up about co-parenting with her ex. “We’re still respectful of each other, and we still have that friendship with each other,” she told Us Weekly. “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.”

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