Hayden Panettiere Shares Update on Her Relationship With 7-Year-Old Daughter Kaya

Hayden Panettiere gave a rare look into her relationship with her daughter Kaya, who lives abroad with her dad Wladimir Klitschko.

By Daisy Maldonado Jul 06, 2022 5:39 PMTags
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Hayden Panettiere has given a rare glimpse into her life as a mom. 

In a candid new interview with People, in which she shared her past struggles with alcoholism and an opioid addiction, the Bring It On star also spoke openly about her relationship with her 7-year-old daughter Kaya.

"Oh my gosh, that child came out of me," Hayden said. "But she is smarter than me. And she's going to be taller than me!"

In 2018, the 32-year-old made the difficult decision to send her daughter to live in Ukraine with her father, Wladimir Klitschko, amid her battle with addiction. 

"It was the hardest thing I could do," she recalled. "But the best thing for my daughter was to make sure she was okay, take care of myself and make sure I could be a good mom to her. And sometimes that means letting go."

While the choice to send Kaya across the world was certainly not easy, Hayden shared that she is now sober and grateful for the bond she has with her daughter today. 

"She has a beautiful life," the mom said of her daughter, who remains abroad but is no longer in Ukraine due to the ongoing war with Russia. "I was just with her. She's just an amazing child. She's smart and she's funny and for whatever reason, she still loves me."

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Inspired by her daughter's life in Ukraine, Hayden has founded a charity in March, Hoplon International, where "every penny goes directly to the front lines."

"What she's dealing with and what we're all going through right now in regards to Ukraine is really really hard," Hayden told the outlet. "I had a conversation with her and the only question she had was, 'Why is Putin doing this?' It's so heartbreaking."

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Still, Hayden—who is currently filming the next installment of Scream after a yearslong hiatus from acting—said that she is "fortunate that we can travel a lot."

"She's a happy kid open to a huge world," she said. "And she has more love than anybody I've ever met."