Hayden Panettiere holds hands with ex-boyfriend's brother while out in NYC

Hayden Panettiere has a new guy on her arm.

The former Nashville star was recently photographed holding hands with her ex-boyfriend, Brian Hickerson's, brother, Zach Hickerson, while out in New York City. Hayden rocked jeans, a Notorious B.I.G. t-shirt and denim jacket, while Zach wore black skinny jeans and a black t-shirt. The two were all smiles as they laughed and walked hand in hand around the city.

A source, however, told People on Wednesday that the pair are "friends and have been for a while." The outlet's source also confirmed that the actress and Brian were no longer together. ET has reached out to Panettiere's and Brian Hickerson's reps for comment.

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In early May, Brian was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony domestic violence. Later that month, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office confirmed to ET that the aspiring actor was charged with one felony count of domestic violence.

The judge also issued a protective order that was requested by prosecutors, which stated that he must stay 100 yards away from Hayden. He was also banned from reaching out to the actress via telephone calls or email, and cannot be in possession of a firearm.

Hayden and Brian were first linked last August after she's split from her ex-fiance, boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

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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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