On Wednesday’s episode of “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris, and Kelly Osbourne as guest co-hosts, Hayden Panettiere talked at length about her daughter Kaya’s custody situation.
When asked about the custody arrangement, Panettiere said, “It wasn’t fully my decision” to move Kaya to Ukraine permanently in 2018. Kaya’s father, Wladimir Klitschko, has custody of the 7-year-old at the moment. The actor said that at the time, she was getting help for her alcoholism.
The “Heroes” star said, “I didn’t even know it was happening until she was already there.” She also said that she didn’t talk to Klitschko right away about a custody agreement and visitation plan for Kaya, who was 3 years old at the time. If she had, she would have told him that “it makes sense” for him to take care of their daughter while Panettiere worked on getting sober.
But she said she would have thought that the agreement could be changed once things were better. During the conversation, which starts around the 21-minute mark of the episode, Panettiere said it was “heartbreaking” that she signed papers giving Klitschko “full custody” of Kaya without talking to him first.
She said, “I was going to go work on myself and get better, and I hoped that once I was better, Kaya would be able to come back to the US to spend time with me.”
She was in treatment for alcoholism ‘which wasn’t fully my decision:
“That didn’t happen, though. I thought she was going over to see him like she always did. ” The actor went on to say that they had agreed before that Kaya would go back and forth between Ukraine and Nashville, where Panettiere lived. “Then, as soon as she got there, he said, ‘I want full custody of her,'” which surprised me.”
She said that Klitschko was a “fantastic father,” but she added that as kids get older, “they need their moms.” She said, “I had never put her in danger,” and she added that she didn’t think she had done anything around Kaya that would have made US authorities take her away. “It wouldn’t have ever happened.”
She said that she had to go back to treatment “several times” after Klitschko got full custody of Kaya in Ukraine.
She said, “He wasn’t there to see what kind of mom I was.” “And had he been, maybe it would have been different,” Panettiere said that she hopes the custody agreement will change someday. She told the other hosts that it has always been “very scary” to talk about because Klitschko used to be a professional boxer in Ukraine and his brother is the mayor of Kyiv, so the family has a lot of power there.
Even though Panettiere has said over and over that Klitschko is a good father, the actor said that her daughter has become very “stoic.” She said that Kaya has also had to learn about the war in Ukraine because her dad and uncle are fighting on the front lines, and she now lives somewhere else for her safety.
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Kaya started asking other women if she could “call them mommy,” which “Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere said was a “cry for help” and a “trauma reaction.” When Klitschko told her, Panettiere said, “My breath caught and my heart stopped.”
She said she wished Klitschko would see how much Kaya needed her mother and let her come to the US. As of right now, Panettiere is the one who goes to Europe to see her daughter, and she said she hasn’t gotten any “hints” that this will change.
In July, Panettiere told Aili Nahas of People that she was an alcoholic for the first time. The actor said that she has been addicted to opioids and alcohol since she was a teenager and that it hasn’t stopped.
In a July article for People, Panettiere said that seeing Kaya leave for another country was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” “But I wanted to be a good mom to her, and sometimes that means letting them go,
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