For the first time, Hayden Panettiere He spoke about his addiction to opiates and alcohol that almost cost him his career and his life. In addition, the actress admitted that for the welfare of her little daughter she was forced to send her to live with her father Wladimir Klitschko in Ukraine.
“I was on top of the world and I blew it”, said the actress, 32, to the magazine People. She revealed that her drug addiction began as a teenager and then spiraled out of control as she battled postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Kaya in 2014.
“As I got older, drugs and alcohol became something I could hardly live without.r,” Panettiere confessed, revealing that her struggle with postpartum depression combined with her drug and alcohol dependency led her to make the “heartbreaking” decision to send her daughter to live with her father.
“I had tremors when I woke up and could only function by drinking alcohol,” he admitted. “Sending Kaya away was the hardest thing I had to do. But I wanted to be a good mother to her, and sometimes that means letting them go.”
“I never had the feeling of wanting to hurt my daughter, but I didn’t want to spend time with her”Panettiere admitted. “There was only this gray color in my life.”
Panettiere said she did not drink while pregnant with Kaya, but admitted that she relapsed shortly after her daughter was born, and her drinking problems continued to spiral out of control from then on.
The actress would sneak out to drink and her relationship with Klitschko, whom she began dating in 2009, began to unravel. “He didn’t want to be near me”, he recalled. “With opiates and alcohol I was doing anything to feel happy for a moment. Then I felt worse than before. I was in a cycle of self-destruction.”
After she sent her daughter to live with Klitschko, 46, whom she had separated from a few months earlier after a nine-year relationship, her alcohol addiction worsened, to the point where she had to be hospitalized.
“The doctors told me that my liver was going to collapse”, he admitted. “She was no longer a 20-year-old girl who could just bounce back.”
Panettiere told the magazine People that he feels he “ruined” the many opportunities he was given, noting that he was “on top of the world” before his nose-dive from alcohol and substance abuse.
The former child star, who began acting on screen at the age of 11, when he landed roles in the popular soap operas “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light,” said his drug abuse problems began when he was just 15 years old. , a year before starting the successful television series “Heroes”. At that time, she claimed that members of her team started giving her “happy pills” in an effort to make her appear more “lively” during interviews.
“I had no idea that this wasn’t appropriate, or what door it would open for me in regards to my addiction,” he explained.
Panettiere drank alcohol and occasionally took opioids, but in the meantime, his success increased. “The thing that saved me is that she couldn’t be messy while she was on set and working,” said the star, who landed the role of super-powered cheerleader Claire Bennet on “Heroes” when she was 16. “But things got out of hand off the set. And as I got older, drugs and alcohol became something I almost couldn’t live without.”
After her stint in the hospital, she finally found the strength to seek treatment for her addictions and eventually entered rehab for eight months, where she says she found the support she needed to face her demons.
“I tried really hard and I had to be willing to be incredibly honest.”. She has now returned to the set to reprise her fan-favorite character, Kirby Reed, in the upcoming “Scream” movie, and is dedicated to her work with Hoplon International, the charity she founded in March, whose mission is to raise funds for Ukraine.
“This hasn’t been easy and there’s been a lot of ups and downs,” Panettiere said of her path to sobriety and happiness. “But I don’t regret even the ugliest things that have happened to me. I feel incredibly fulfilled. And I feel like I got a second chance”.
As for Kaya, now seven years old and living with her father in a country that has been devastated by war following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Panettiere insists her daughter is safe, even praising the handling of the situation. by the girl.
“She is my favorite little person. And to see how he’s handled this whole situation has really blown my mind. She is very sure,” she told the show. Good Morning America.
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