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Parties, Punches and Postpartum: Hayden Panettiere’s Scandalous Life As She Turns 30

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Aug. 21 2019, Published 10:30 p.m. ET

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Hayden Panettiere has been acting since she was in diapers -- but became a star as an adult blonde bombshell on the TV shows Heroes and Nashville.

But secrets and scandals have plagued the young actress nearly from the start.

Panettiere was born in in Palisades, New York, the daughter of Lesley R. Vogel, a former soap opera actress, and Alan Lee "Skip" Panettiere, a fire captain.

Her first TV appearance came at just eleven months, in a commercial for a Playskool toy train. Later, she landed roles on soaps One Life to Live and Guiding Light. But her life behind the camera turned into the real soap opera that continued through her adult acting success.

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She's gone through various romances, a split from her baby daddy, postpartum depression, and alleged abuse at the hands of her latest beau, Brian Hickerson.

Now, as Hayden celebrates turning 30 today, August 21, take a look back at her controversial life in this gallery.

Party Girl

Hayden Panettiere Wears Drapey Shirt and Eats an Appetizer with a Drink In Her Hand
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When she was a just a young teen, Hayden found herself swept up in the party lifestyle of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. But she was determined not to follow their footsteps.

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Rage Against

Hayden Panettiere Wears a Blue Floral Dress and Pink Flip Flops and is Smiling Holding Her Cell Phone Heels and Canned Drink Outside
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“I was in the same generation. I was expected to do the exact same thing,” she told Us Weekly in 2016. "I was watched like a hawk to not fall into the same groove, and I fought against that for so long.”

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 ‘Hero’ Worship

Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia Stand Outside In A Field On Set of Heroes
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A barely legal Hayden was just 18 when she made headlines dating her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, even though at 31 he was more than a decade older.

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‘Nuff Said

Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia Hold Hands Walking Through A Mall
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The two called it quits in 2009, with a source telling at the time “she is young. She likes to go out in the Hollywood scene and that’s not his style.”

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Make Out Session

Hayden Panettiere Wears a Pink Dress and Poses Smiling With Jesse McCartney on a Red Carpet
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But days before the split went public, Hayden was spotted spending time and making out  with Jesse McCartney at an L.A. bar.

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Steve Jones Posed Looking Serious in Navy Suit
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After leaving Milo, Hayden hooked up with British television presenter Steve Jones before meeting Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

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Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko Pose Smiling On Red Carpet In Formal Wear
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The two had an on and off relationship but got engaged in 2013.

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Hayden Panettiere Wears Sheer Black Shirt and Large Shoulder Pad Jacket With Small Pregnancy Bump Looking Uncertain as Wladimir Klitschko Walks Closely Behind Her Smiling To Someone Off Frame
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 In 2014, the two welcomed their daughter Kaya. But the birth took its toll on the fragile actress, and less than a year later, she checked into a treatment facility for postpartum depression.

Brian Hickerson
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Brave Mother

Hayden Panettiere Sits Inside a Television Studio Looking Serious Wearing Full Pink Suit and Blouse Ensemble
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“It’s something a lot of women experience,” she admitted in a 2015 appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael. “When you’re told about postpartum depression you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child.’ I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize 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.”

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More Treatment

Hayden Panettiere Wears Printed Purple Shirt With Hands Raised Towards Her Face with Exasperated Expression
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In May, 2016, the Nashville star sought treatment for postpartum depression once again, explaining on Twitter, “The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life. Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!”

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Knocked Out

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko on a Beach In Swimwear In What Looks Like To Be In The Middle Of An Argument
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In August 2018, broke the news that Hayden and Wladimir had split up. “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,” her mother, Lesley Vogel, exclusively told at the time. “I think she is in a very good place.”

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Unlucky In Love?

Hayden Panettiere Wears A Denim Jacket and Smiles as Boyfriend Brian Hickerson Has His Arm Around Her and Is Also Smiling and Wearing a Leather Jacket
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Those words would come back to haunt her mother, as Hayden moved on with bad boy beau Brian Hickerson.

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No Trust

Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson Walk Outside Holding Hands
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“You just never know what people want. You don’t know if you can trust anyone,” Vogel admitted to “I don’t trust his intentions. People can use her.”

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Rocky Road

Hayden Panettiere and Brian Hickerson Walk In Parking Garage Holding Hands
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Her relationship with Brian has been rocky, to say the least. readers are well aware that Brian faces felony domestic violence charges after allegedly becoming violent with Hayden.

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Hayden Panettiere Shields Her Face As She Gets In A Car With A Broken Wind Shield With Boyfriend Brian Hickerson
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“He hit her on the face, causing her to get dizzy,” Prosecutors allege, adding that Hayden sustained injuries and bruises to her arms, ear and neck area.

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Birthday Plans

Hayden Panettiere Looks Serious Outside An Airport With Her Luggage
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Now, Hayden is celebrating her birthday by contemplating a life-changing move to New York, and writing a revealing new tell-all memoir.



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