Hayden Panettiere has shared a rare photo with her daughter Kaya, four, amid reports the tot is being raised thousands of miles away in Ukraine.
The Los Angeles-based actress posted the image on Thursday with the caption ‘Sweet moments with sleeping babes’.
It comes one day after it was claimed that Hayden, 29, barely sees Kaya who is being raised more than 6,000 miles away in her ex-fiancee’s native Ukraine, according to US Weekly.
Sweet moments: Hayden Panettiere appeared to be spending time with her daughter Kaya on Thursday amid reports she rarely sees the tot, who is being raised in Ukraine by her ex Wladimir Klitschko
The former Nashville actress apparently ‘comes and goes’ to Europe, but has settled in LA following the end of her relationship to former boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
‘She really hasn’t had much time with her daughter,’ a source revealed. ‘She knows the child being with her is not best for [Kaya right now]. It’s a sad situation.’
In the Twitter image Kaya is seen in a car seat with a baseball cap obscuring her face as she holds on to Hayden’s arm.
It’s not clear when or where the photo was taken but it looks like the actress is in a car with another woman sitting the other side of Kaya.
Hayden’s boyfriend Brian Hickerson defended the Heroes alum this week as he told Access: ‘Hayden is actually on a family vacation right now with her daughter and the Champ, so don’t believe everything you read,’
Difficult: Hayden reportedly hasn’t had much time with their four-year-old daughter Kaya as she is being raised more than 6,000 miles away in her ex-fiancee’s native Ukraine
‘She’s a great mom’ he added.
A source told People: ‘To say she never sees her daughter isn’t true,
‘Hayden has gone through changes since she had Kaya, and while some were not perfect, others have helped her grow,’ they added.
‘She is trying to feel good about herself, her life, and how she wants to go forward.’
Hayden’s mom Lesley Vogel said in 2018 that her daughter does visit Kaya in Europe while Wlad ‘travels a great deal’ to keep some normalcy for their little girl.
‘It’s heartbreaking and challenging,’ an insider told Us Weekly. ‘They didn’t spend the holidays together. It’s disturbing, and she’ll have to figure out how to manage this. It’s not an easy scenario.’
In the past: The 29-year-old actress is based in LA while ex Wladimir lives in his native Ukraine. The couple split last year after a decade-long relationship
New beau: Hayden lives in LA with boyfriend Brian Hickerson. The couple are pictured on January 31 at a movie screening
‘She’s a great mom’: Hickerson defended the Heroes alum this week saying, ‘Hayden is actually on a family vacation right now with her daughter and the Champ, so don’t believe everything you read,
Hayden confirmed last month that she’s working on a positive co-parenting relationship with her ex, who she split with last year after a decade-long relationship, despite the distance.
‘We’re still respectful of each other, and we still have that friendship with each other,’ she said during the Sharkwater Extinction premiere in January.
‘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.’
As far as raising their child she said they are looking for balance. ‘We’re trying to do the book smarts and the street smart,’ she said. ‘So, you know, trial and error as a parent. … We’re all going to make mistakes.’
‘We’re trying to do the book smarts and the street smart,’ she said. ‘So, you know, trial and error as a parent. … We’re all going to make mistakes’; seen with Wladimir in 2013
Challenging: Hayden confirmed last month that she’s working on a positive co-parenting relationship with her ex despite the distance; seen in January
She also noted that her little girl is earning frequent flier miles as she travels the world with her parents.
‘We go on nice long vacations that result in an email from her school saying, “Your kid has been gone too long.” Like, she’s 4, so let’s not make too big a deal,’ Hayden said. ‘She speaks multiple languages.’
Hayden has been spotted on the arm of actor Brian Hickerson, 28, since last summer.
Not great: The couple were also involved in a bit of legal trouble in October when a police report stated that they had been drinking before authorities arrived to handle ‘an assault and battery call’
The couple were involved in a drunken incident in October involving Hickerson’s father.
A police report stated that they had been drinking before authorities arrived to handle ‘an assault and battery call’ between Brian and his father.
‘Just to be clear, Hayden’s friends and family are not worried about her at all,’ Brian told Access after the incident which sparked concerns amongst Hayden’s close friends that her new relationship is unhealthy.
A source told US that the they ‘party a lot together and it’s not a healthy situation, but none of the people close to her really know what to do. She doesn’t listen to anyone.’
The former Nashville star has previously been open about her struggle with postpartum depression following the birth of Kaya. She sought treatment in 2015 and 2016.
Concerning: Hayden has been spotted on the arm of actor Brian Hickerson, 28, since last summer when she memorably walked through a parking lot barefoo