Hayden Panettiere says her 7-year-old daughter was asking to call other women 'mom' as a 'traumatic response' to her split

Hayden Panettiere says her 7-year-old daughter was asking to call other women ‘mom’ as a ‘traumatic response’ to her split

  • Hayden Panettiere says her daughter asking other women to call “mom” is a “traumatic reaction”.
  • Seven-year-old Kaya has been living with her father, Wladimir Klitschko, in Europe since 2018.
  • Panettiere said on “Red Table Talk” that she doesn’t think her ex understands how much Kaya needs her.

On Wednesday’s episode of “Red Table Talk,” Hayden Panettiere opened up about the toll a complicated custody situation is taking on her 7-year-old daughter, Kaya Klitschko.

Kaya currently lives in Europe with her father, Panettiere’s ex Wladimir Klitschko. She’s lived there since 2018 when Klitschko filed for full custody in Ukraine amid Panettiere’s efforts to treat his alcoholism, the ‘Heroes’ star explained to hosts Jada Pinkett Smith and Adrienne Banfield Norris and their guest co-host Kelly Osbourne .

Panettiere said she would visit her daughter when she could, but Panettiere’s absence affects Kaya alarmingly.

“I also remember her dad calling me and he said, ‘Kaya goes around and asks other women if she can call them mom’,” she said at around 27 Minutes L ‘episode. “And my breath stopped and my heart stopped. And he was laughing, he thought it was funny.”

The ‘Nashville’ star said learning this information was “horrifying” to her. She said she didn’t think Klitschko viewed Kaya’s behavior the same way she did. “It’s a traumatic reaction, it’s…it’s a cry for help,” she added.

Panettiere said she asked to speak to Kaya “immediately” and when she brought up the subject, her daughter regressed and “got into ‘goo-goo ga-ga’ language” and “was talking gibberish,” something Panettiere had never heard she did before.

The actress said she tried to explain to Klitschko that she needed to be more present in Kaya’s life because Kaya not seeing her mother regularly is a “trauma” that will “raise its ugly head” when she will be older. But Panettiere said she doesn’t think Klitschko understands or believes the concept, and she fears Kaya will end up feeling “anger” or “depressed” over his absence.

Panettiere said she hasn’t received any “hints” that Kaya’s living situation will change anytime soon, but she has “hope” that when Kaya gets older, her wishes will be more “respected” and she can return. visit his mother. in the USA.

Hayden Panettiere

Panettiere arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards.

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Earlier in the chat, Panettiere said she didn’t fully open up about her custody situation because it was “very terrifying to talk about” since Klitschko and his family are so important in Ukraine. He is a former Ukrainian professional boxer and his brother, Vitali Klitschko, is the current mayor of the city of Kyiv.

While speaking to the “Red Table Talk” hosts, Panettiere also explained that as a European athlete without a lot of female influences, Klitschko sometimes misunderstands the physical effects emotions can have on the body.

She said that when Kaya was a newborn and suffered from postpartum depression, Klitschko “really thought I was doing it to myself.”

“When he signs his emails he says, ‘If you control your mind, you can control everything,'” she added.

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko

Panettiere with Wladimir Klitschko at a June 2013 Giorgio Armani fashion show in Milan, Italy.

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Panettiere first spoke to People reporter Aili Nahas in July about alcoholism, opioid addiction and postpartum depression at various times in her life from a young age.

On ‘Red Table Talk’, she said she handed over ‘full custody’ of Kaya to Klitschko in 2018 after her daughter traveled to Ukraine for what Panettiere initially thought would be a regular visit as she sought drug addiction treatment. But she said it was not “entirely” her “decision” to hand over custody.

“I was going to work on myself and I was going to improve myself,” she explained. “And then once she was there…it was immediately, ‘I want full custody,’ which shocked me.”

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