Hayden Panettiere sent her daughter to live with her father in Ukraine because of her addiction

In a new interview with People, ‘Nashville’ star Hayden Panettiere reveals she was introduced to opioids as a teenager and the addiction was the reason she decided to send her daughter Kaya to live with her. father in Ukraine in 2018.

Panettiere, 32, described one of her lowest points when she knew she had to let her ex Wladimir Klitschko take on the main parental responsibilities. “I had jerks when I woke up and could only function while sipping alcohol,” she said.

The ‘Nashville’ star said sending her daughter, now 7, to live in another country was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do”.

“But I wanted to be a good mother to her – and sometimes that means letting them go,” she continued.

Panettiere’s addiction began when she was a teenager

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere in 2003.


In a video interview accompanying her People cover story, Panettiere said she has struggled with an addiction since an anonymous member of her team introduced her to opioids, calling them “happy pills,” at the 15 years old. She said she was introduced to alcohol in Hollywood. parties at 13.

Panettiere, who said she stayed sober during Kaya’s pregnancy, revealed she began to struggle with alcohol addiction and after giving birth.

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immediately after the birth of her daughter. “I never felt like I wanted to hurt my child, but I didn’t want to spend time with her,” the ‘Heroes’ star said. She described this period of her life as having a “grey color”.

Panettiere’s pregnancy was written about in “Nashville” at the time, and after having her child, her character Juliette Barnes also began to suffer from postpartum depression on the show.

“I was stuck on this show for 10 months a year, 12 to 20 hours a day, playing this very dramatic character who was constantly going through the same things I was going through in real life,” Panettiere explained, describing why filming the drama musical was so difficult for her. “So when I got home, I didn’t have a chance to face what I was really going through.”

Panettiere said in the video that she had been to “several” treatment centers over the years, but the sobriety never stayed.

One of her low points came when she was hospitalized with jaundice – a condition that causes a distinct yellow tint to the skin, the whites of the eyes and the underside of the tongue – when her drinking increased. after sending Kaya to live with Klitschko in Ukraine. Jaundice is caused by high levels of bilirubin, which may be linked to liver damage or disease.

Heyden in a sheer dark blue dress with long sleeves.  The bodice is transparent and reveals her nipple covers.

Hayden Panettiere attends the 68th Golden Globe Awards in a see-through dress on January 16, 2011.

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“Doctors told me my liver was going to give out,” Panettiere recalls. At that point, she “finally” found a treatment center to help her deal with an “unresolved trauma”.

“I found a place that literally tore me apart and then put me back together,” she said, explaining that part of her treatment involved retrieving repressed memories she never had to. face before.

Eventually, Panettiere said that during her time at the facility, she began to feel “satisfied” for the first time in her memory.

Panettiere told People that Kaya, who still lives abroad with Klitschko, “has a great life” and recently saw her daughter. In February, Panettiere told fans via his Instagram account that Kaya was “safe and not in Ukraine” amid Russia’s invasion of the country.

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