Hayden Panettiere reunited together with her ex-boyfriend Brian Hickerson after he spent time in jail for domestic violence, however he insists they aren’t again collectively.
Hickerson, 32, confirmed that he frolicked with the actress, 31, at a West Hollywood restaurant Saturday, almost two months after he turned a free man once more.
“To make clear, I used to be having fun with a Miller ‘Latte’ [slang for Miller Lite], and Hayden was not ingesting,” he told E! News Wednesday of Panettiere, who’s sober.
“We went to a brand new restaurant that’s Texas-based, and being a Southern man, I’m a giant fan of nation music. So sure, there was some line dancing concerned.”
Hickerson instructed the outlet that he and Panettiere “will not be again collectively,” however they’re “engaged on” rebuilding their friendship.
“We’ve got a protracted historical past collectively, and step one in my restoration as an abuser is making amends,” he defined. “That’s precisely what Hayden has been gracious sufficient to permit me to do.”
A rep for the “Heroes” alum didn’t instantly reply to our request for remark.
A supply near Panettiere, nonetheless, instructed E! Information that she is specializing in her relationship together with her 6-year-old daughter, Kaya, whom she shares with ex-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, in addition to her sobriety and therapeutic from her rocky relationship with Hickerson.
“Hayden is open to forgiving Brian and beginning a brand new chapter, regardless of her family members’ issues,” the supply stated. “Hayden has an enormous coronary heart and desires to see the very best in everybody.”
Hickerson was sentenced in April to 45 days in county jail after pleading no contest to 2 felony counts of injuring a partner or girlfriend. He surrendered to jail on Could 7 and was launched early on Could 20.
He was additionally ordered to serve 4 years of probation, attend 52 home violence lessons and pay a $500 price.
Whereas Panettiere has a five-year restraining order in opposition to Hickerson, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles District Lawyer’s Workplace told People it “doesn’t prohibit the defendant and the sufferer from amicably interacting with one another.”
Hickerson’s sentencing got here after he was arrested in July 2020 for allegedly assaulting Panettiere on a number of events between Could 2019 to January 2020, to which he initially pleaded not guilty.
Panettiere publicly addressed the abuse allegations on her Instagram on the time, writing, “I’m coming ahead with the reality about what occurred to me with the hope that my story will empower others in abusive relationships to get the assistance they want and deserve.”
She continued, “I’m ready to do my half to ensure this man by no means hurts anybody once more. I’m grateful for my assist system, which helped me discover the braveness to regain my voice and my life.”