The latest: Hayden Panettiere's ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson was seen in Los Angeles on Wednesday, in the wake of interviews she gave in which she spoke about her past issues with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as their troubled relationship
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Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson was seen in Los Angeles on Wednesday, in the wake of interviews she gave in which she spoke about her past issues with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as their troubled relationship.

Hickerson, 33, was asked about his status with Panettiere, 32, and said they are ‘just friends’ and ‘absolutely not’ together anymore. He and the Palisades, New York-born beauty had been in an on-and-off relationship over the past four years.

Hickerson – who is on probation in connection with domestic violence incidents involving Panettiere – said there was no chance of a romantic reconciliation, as he’s ‘looking forward to new chapters.’

The latest: Hayden Panettiere's ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson was seen in Los Angeles on Wednesday, in the wake of interviews she gave in which she spoke about her past issues with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as their troubled relationship

Panettiere on Wednesday spoke abut a number of personal issues in a joint interview with Good Morning America and People

The latest: Hayden Panettiere’s ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson was seen in Los Angeles on Wednesday, in the wake of interviews she gave in which she spoke about her past issues with drug and alcohol abuse, as well as their troubled relationship

When asked about her interview on the ABC show, Hickerson said, ‘I thought she did a great job.’

Hickerson said he remains supportive of his ex, adding, ‘She’s great – I’m excited to see the next opportunities for her.’

Hickerson said he believes Panettiere’s career will thrive with future projects, adding, ‘I think so, I think everybody would like to see it … she’s out there man, I mean, you know, Scream 6.’

When asked about a public fight he was involved in this past March in Los Angeles, Hickerson said it was ‘not one of the finer moments,’ and that he ‘went to treatment’ and ‘got help’ in the wake of the incident.

Hickerson - who is on probation in connection with domestic violence incidents involving Panettiere - said there was no chance of a romantic reconciliation, as he's 'looking forward to new chapters'

Hickerson – who is on probation in connection with domestic violence incidents involving Panettiere – said there was no chance of a romantic reconciliation, as he’s ‘looking forward to new chapters’

Hickerson said he believes Panettiere's career will thrive with future projects, adding, 'I think so, I think everybody would like to see it'

Hickerson said he believes Panettiere’s career will thrive with future projects, adding, ‘I think so, I think everybody would like to see it’

Hickerson said he remains supportive of his ex, adding, 'She's great - I'm excited to see the next opportunities for her'

Hickerson said he remains supportive of his ex, adding, ‘She’s great – I’m excited to see the next opportunities for her’

Panettiere on Wednesday spoke abut a number of personal issues in a joint interview with Good Morning America and People. 

Of her past relationship with Hickerson, Panettiere told People she was ‘trying to live in a place of forgiveness.’

She said her time with Hickerson marked ‘a very dark and complicated time in [her] life,’ adding, ‘a lot of women go through what I went through, and I want people to know it’s OK to ask for help.’

Panettiere said she was ‘trying to live in a place of understanding’ in regards to her history with Hickerson and the multiple domestic violence incidents he was charged with during their relationship.

‘I think [Brian] has done his time and was willing to get help. I think about the things I have done in my life that people forgave me for,’ she told People. ‘Making amends is a really important thing that you learn in treatment. And it gives you a lot of inner peace.’

Panettiere said she was dealing with alcohol and opioid abuse at the time she and Hickerson began dating.

‘I wanted to party, I wanted to do everything I wasn’t supposed to do,’ Panettiere said. ‘Acting was my life, but I felt so bad about myself that I lost trust in myself. And that is very detrimental. The idea of not having a responsibility was very appealing at the time.’

When asked about her interview on the ABC show, Hickerson said, 'I thought she did a great job'

When asked about her interview on the ABC show, Hickerson said, ‘I thought she did a great job’ 

Panettiere said her time with Hickerson marked 'a very dark and complicated time in [her] life'

Panettiere said her time with Hickerson marked ‘a very dark and complicated time in [her] life’

Hickerson was charged with domestic violence in May of 2019, with Panettiere receiving a protective order in the case – as the charges were dropped.

Hickerson in July of 2020 was arrested in connection with eight charges of domestic violence, eventually entering a no contest plea to a pair of felony counts of injuring a partner in 2021, with the rest of the charges dropped. Hickerson was in jail for 13 days in connection with the arrest.

After Hickerson’s July 2020 arrest, Panettiere put out a statement saying she hoped she could serve as an example for others in a similar situation.

‘I am coming forward with the truth about what happened to me in the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the help they need and deserve,’ she said at the time. ‘I am prepared to do my part to make sure this man never hurts anyone again.’

Panettiere opened up about her past issues with alcohol and opioid abuse in a series of interviews Wednesday

Panettiere opened up about her past issues with alcohol and opioid abuse in a series of interviews Wednesday 

Of her past relationship with Hickerson, Panettiere told People she was 'trying to live in a place of forgiveness'

Of her past relationship with Hickerson, Panettiere told People she was ‘trying to live in a place of forgiveness’

Hickerson and Panettiere were snapped at an event in LA in December of 2018

Hickerson and Panettiere were snapped at an event in LA in December of 2018 

Panettiere told People Wednesday that she continues to ‘feel the same way’ about the statement she put out two years ago.

‘None of it is OK,’ she said. ‘But I want to make sure that everybody knows that each person who goes through something like that, they’re on their own journey. No two things are exactly alike.’

Panettiere also spoke with the publication about the incident in March in Los Angeles, saying it was not her ‘best behavior’ or ‘anyone’s best behavior.’

She added: ‘It was not as insane as it was made to look, and everyone is OK.’

Panettiere said that she and Hickerson remain friends in the wake of their stormy past.

‘None of it is OK, and I want to make sure that everybody knows that,’ Panettiere said of the multiple domestic violence incidents Hickerson had been linked to. ‘But I am open to people who are willing to get help and make amends. He’s gone to treatment and done his time. And I’m trying to live in a place of forgiveness.’

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