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‘I Ruined It’: Hayden Panettiere Reveals Career Decimating Drug Addiction

Hayden Lesley Panettiere is an American actress, model, and singer. She is best known for her lead roles as Claire Bennet on the NBC superhero series Heroes (2006–2010) and Juliette Barnes in the ABC/CMT musical drama series Nashville. Hayden Panettiere had a dark phase in our life. She spent years fighting against substance abuse and dealing with depression from a young age. Hayden Panettiere is opening up about her addiction to opioids and alcohol, which almost ruined her career and life.

Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere

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What did she say about her addiction?

Hayden with her family
Hayden Panettiere with her family

While she was getting interviewed, she said that she was at the height of success in her career and she ruined it with her own hands. She was struggling with depression from a young age, and she spent years battling it. She also said that she thought she had hit the rock bottom, but then a trap door opens for her. She has a seven-year-old daughter, Kaya, and she is the daughter of her ex Wladimir Klitschko. She said she had to put a lot of work into herself to be the best. She has undergone trauma therapy and impatient therapy, both within the last year.

Now she is back in the industry to reprise her fan’s favorite character, Kirby Reed in the next Scream film, and she is putting a lot of hard work into it, as she joined the charity whose mission was to help Ukraine, as the country continues its war with Russia. She says she had a lot of ups and downs in her life, but she does not regret a single thing. She feels like she got a second chance.

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What actually happened to Hayden Panettiere?

Hayden arriving at the premier
The actress struggled with addiction

The actress was already a soap opera star and also a star in Remember the Titans, by the age of eleven. She says, that she was just fifteen years old when someone offered her happy pills, to make her jolly during interviews. She did not know that those pills were not really just happy pills and that they would lead her to the door of addiction.

She was drinking alcohol and taking opioids occasionally, while her career was rising. As she grew old, with time she became an addict and couldn’t live without it.

In 2014, she was assigned a character who was a troubled singer in Nashville. She said she could relate a lot with the character, like alcoholism, and depression. She said it felt like everything was close to her own home situation.

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How did she deal with all of it?

Hayden
Hayden Panettiere is back from rehab

Hayden Panettiere had gone for therapy to deal with her depression, yet she found herself dependent on alcohol to go through the rest of the days. She said, she never wanted to harm her child, but she did not want to spend time with her, because she did not drink during her pregnancy, as was hanging by a thread.

She would sneak out of the house, and that is when her relationship with Wladimir Klitschko began to break. She had been dating him since 2009, but at that moment he did not want to be around her. She said she was escaping from herself, by taking opioids and alcohol and making herself happy for the moment, but then she would be more disappointed later on. It was a self-destruction cycle.

She said that when she was on the edge, the only thing that helped her was drinking alcohol. This is when she decided to send her daughter, Kaya, to live with her dad. She was broken, but she knew that it was the right decision. Letting go of her daughter was the only option she had to be a good mother.

Later on, her physical condition got worsened, and the doctors said her liver could not handle it anymore. She understood she was not 20 anymore, to bounce back at life.

With time as it got worse, she entered into rehab for eight months, and recently she got over her addiction and came back to get her peace in life. She says she is grateful to have a second chance, and she will never take it for granted, again.

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Source: PEOPLE