HAYDEN Panettiere was pictured holding hands with her ‘abusive’ ex boyfriend Brian Hickerson’s BROTHER – four months after getting a restraining order against him.
The Hollywood actress looked happier than ever strolling down the street hand in hand with Zach Hickerson.
Hayden was smiling and laughing as she held hands with Zach in the surprising pictures.
The Heroes star, 30, looked relaxed with her hair scraped up in a bun and wearing a Notorious BIG t-shirt and jeans.
Zach, who is the founder of the Acts 321 church in South Carolina, was dressed casually in a black T-shirt and jeans too.
Hayden was recently granted a protective order following allegations of abuse against her ex Brian.
Brian was arrested on domestic violence charges in May, and Hayden appeared to have moved on as she strolled hand in hand with his brother.
A source told People magazine on Wednesday: “Hayden and Zach are friends and have been for a while.”
Hayden became involved with aspiring actor Brian last year, shortly after her split from Wladmir Klitschko after their nine year relationship.
However, Brian and Hayden been plagued by various altercations since, including at least one that turned violent, when the cops became involved in May.
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Hayden’s other ex, former boxing world champ Wladimir, lives in Ukraine with the couple’s four-year-old daughter Kaya.
Hayden opened up about co-parenting Kaya with her ex, insisting that their relationship is still “respectful”.
Speaking at the Sharkwater Extinction premiere, the beauty said: “We’re still respectful of each other, and we still have that friendship with each other.
“It’s not a situation that you find yourself in all that often, so it’s a new one. But I think we’ve done a really good job.”
Hayden also revealed that Kaya speaks “multiple languages”, and often travels the world with her parents.
Hayden started dating then-world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir in 2009.
The pair split in 2011 before reconciling two years later, announcing their engagement in October 2013 before breaking up for good last August.
Hayden gave birth to Kaya in December 2014, and she has spoken previously about her battle with postnatal depression and how she was forced to return to rehab as a result.
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