What happened to Hayden Panettiere? The Heroes and Nashville star has been through a rough time lately but fans hope to see her back soon. Here is what she’s up to in 2021.
Hayden Panettiere captured the public’s attention with her role as super powered cheerleader, Claire Bennet, in the popular series Heroes.
After Heroes, Panettiere’s star continued to rise as she landed a series of major Hollywood roles in films like I Love You, Beth Cooper and Scream 4.
However, since her role as country singer Juliette Barnes in the widely successful TV show Nashville in 2018, the actress hasn’t appeared in any new TV series or films.
This left fans curious and even a bit concerned as to what happened to Hayden Panettiere.
What happened to Hayden Panettiere since Heroes?
Like many breakout actors, Panettiere struggled with being typecast after her role in Heroes. In 2011, she told Movieline that she was only being offered roles for a ‘Young, female, all-American cheerleader’.
In 2014, Panettiere gave birth to her daughter, Kayla, with her fiancé at the time, former boxing heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko. Shortly after, in October 2015, the star checked herself into treatment for postpartum depression.
Speaking about her postpartum depression on Live! With Kelly and Michael, Panettiere explained: “You don’t realise how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”
In 2018, Panettiere and Klitschko broke up. Their daughter reportedly lives in Ukraine with Klitscho, with Panettiere visiting whenever she can.
Most recently, she opened up about her abusive relationship with boyfriend Brian Hickerson in the summer of 2020, who was arrested on several charges of domestic abuse.
In an Instagram post, Panettiere explained what happened with their relationship and how she hopes her message will empower others in a similar position.
In an Instagram post from July, she told her fans: “I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve.”
While there doesn’t seem to be any concrete evidence that Panettiere is planning to return to screens soon, fans are still speculating.
In December 2019, Panettiere posted a picture of herself with a similar hairstyle to her character, Kirby, from Scream 4 with the caption ‘Channeling my inner #Kirby #Scream4’.
With the announcement of Scream 5, some are hoping we could see the return of Hayden Panettiere in the near future.
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