As RadarOnline.com exclusively reported, Panettiere's mom, Lesley Vogel, confirmed news of the split.
“Think there are a lot of changes going on in her life. But I think they’re positive changes. And I think that she’s taking some time,” Vogel told Radar on Aug. 3 after photos surfaced of her daughter holding hands with a mystery man.
The Nashville actress' new boyfriend has now been identified as realtor and aspiring actor Brian Hickerson.
"He is from South Carolina and moved to Los Angeles," a source told E! News. "He just started getting into the acting business and is going on castings trying to break into the industry."
According to the source, Panettiere and Hickerson, both 28, "hit it off" right away when mutual pals introduced the pair.
"Brian has been her sounding board since Hayden split from Wladimir and has really been there for her," the source revealed. "They have been seeing each other for the past month and are hooking up."
Hickerson was most recently linked to Baskin Champion, who was rumored to be seeing Justin Bieber before he moved on with Hailey Baldwin.
Despite their breakup, Klitschko, 42, and Panettiere, who dated for over nine years, are co-parenting their 3-year-old daughter, Kaya.
"Kaya is primarily with her dad and his family in Europe and Florida,” said the source. “They also spend time together as a family with Hayden."
"Hayden and Wladimir are on great terms and friendly," added the source. "They are a big part of each other's lives and will continue to be. Hayden is back in Los Angeles and figuring out what's next."
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