Hayden Panettiere: Estranged From Daughter Due to Drinking Problem?

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Actress Hayden Panettiere appears to have fallen on hard times in recent months.

Panettiere split from fiance Wladimir Klitschko last year, and it appears she's been stuck in a painful downward spiral ever since.

Hayden Panettiere Looking Fab

These days, Hayden is dating actor Brian Hickerson, but friends are said to be deeply worried about the relationship.

“It’s not a healthy situation,” one insider recently told Us Weekly.

It's not entirely clear what the anonymous friend meant by that comment, but many believe it to be a reference to Panettiere's alleged drinking problem.

Hayden Panettiere on a Red Carpet

Photos of Panettiere and Hickerson drinking heavily sparked concerns over the summer.

Onlookers said a shoeless Hayden stumbled from bar to bar before eventually vomiting in the street.

That public bout with illness didn't bring an end to the night, however, as the 29-year-old mom reportedly "boot and rallied" like a college student and continued with her binge drinking.

Hayden Panettiere Photograph

Perhaps the one night of hard partying wouldn't be so concerning were it not for the reports that it was far from an isolated incident.

Also of great concern for Hayden's loved ones are the reports that the actress hasn't seen her 4-year-old daughter Kaya in quite some time.

Apparently, the reason for the estrangement is not a custody battle with Klitschko, as was initially reported, but rather Hayden's sad awareness that she's not capable of being much of a mother at the moment.

Hayden Panettiere Baby Photo

“She knows the child being with her is not best for [Kaya right now],” a source tells Us.

Details regarding Hayden and Brian's tumultuous relationship are scarce, but sources say Panettiere was shocked recently to witness a violent altercation between Hickerson and his father.

Reports indicated that the altercation left family and friends worried for Hayden's safety.

Hickerson has since issued a statement denying that there's any cause for concern.

Hayden Panettiere at Billboard Music Awards

“Just to be clear, Hayden’s friends and family are not worried about her at all," Hickerson wrote.

"Hayden is happy and healthy and so is our relationship.”

Needless to say, the statement did very little to quell the growing concerns of Hayden's family.

We'll have further updates on this strange situation as more information becomes available.

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Hayden Panettiere Biography

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Birthplace
Palisades, New York
Full Name
Hayden Leslie Panettiere