Hayden Panettiere is getting candid about struggles she’s been through over the past few years.
Hayden has joint custody of her daughter Kaya. But she sent Kaya to live in Ukraine with her ex when her addiction became particularly bad.
Hayden Panettiere is getting candid about struggles she’s been through over the past few years. The Nashville alum just opened up to People about struggling with postpartum depression and opioid addiction.
"I was on top of the world and I ruined it," the 32-year-old said. "I'd think I hit rock bottom, but then there's that trap door that opens."
Hayden is mom to 7-year-old daughter Kaya, who she shares with her ex, Wladimir Klitschko, and said she’s had to “put a lot of work into myself” and “be willing to be incredibly honest” to get help. That included undergoing trauma therapy and inpatient treatment within the last year, she said.
Hayden was given drugs starting at age 15.
Hayden shared that someone on her team used to offer her “happy pills” before she would walk the red carpet, starting at age 15. "They were to make me peppy during interviews," she said. "I had no idea that this was not an appropriate thing, or what door that would open for me when it came to my addiction."
Hayden said that things “kept getting out of control” and “as I got older, the drugs and alcohol became something I almost couldn't live without."
Hayden said she developed postpartum depression after the birth of Kaya and started drinking heavily. "I never had the feeling that I wanted to harm my child, but I didn't want to spend any time with her," she said. "There was just this gray color in my life."
Hayden said her substance abuse eventually impacted her relationship with Wladimir and Kaya and led to some tough decisions. But where is Kaya now and does Hayden have custody of her? Here’s what you need to know.
Does Hayden have custody of her daughter?
Hayden has joint custody of Kaya with Wladimir, but she sent Kaya to live in Ukraine with her ex when her addiction became particularly bad.
"I would have the shakes when I woke up and could only function with sipping alcohol," Hayden told People. So, in 2018, she sent Kaya to Ukraine. "It was the hardest thing I ever had to do," she said. "But I wanted to be a good mom to her, and sometimes that means letting them go."
How old is Kaya?
Kaya is currently 7. She was born on December 9, 2014.
Why does Hayden Panettiere's daughter live in Ukraine?
Ukraine is where Hayden’s ex, Wladimir Klitschko, lives. However, Hayden shared in the comments of an Instagram post in late February that Kaya is “safe and not in Ukraine” after the country was invaded by Russia. It's unclear where Kaya currently lives.
Does Hayden Panettiere see her daughter?
A source previously told Us Weekly that Hayden is “best mom that she can be despite the custody arrangement.”
The source noted that Hayden video chats with her daughter and checks in on her all the time. "She misses her constantly and wishes they weren’t so far apart. There will be a point where she will try to have more custody but now’s not the time and it’s a difficult situation.”
Is Hayden Panettiere still married to Wladimir Klitschko?
No. Hayden and Wladimir Klitschko were never married, but they were engaged. The two broke up in 2018.
"He didn't want to be around me," Hayden told People of Wladimir when she was abusing substances. "I didn't want to be around me. But with the opiates and alcohol, I was doing anything to make me feel happy for a moment. Then I'd feel worse than I did before. I was in a cycle of self-destruction."
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