The duo was spotted on a cozy dinner date on September 1 — their second outing since Hickerson, 32, was released after serving 13 days behind bars following his multiple arrests for domestic violence against the actress, also 32.
“Everyone keeps telling Hayden that Brian is bad news, but she’s sick and tired of people butting in and telling her how to live her life,” spills an insider.
The Heroes alum — who shares daughter Kaya, 6, with ex-fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, “admits Brian skewed up royally in the past, but she insists he’s a changed man and sees nothing wrong with hanging out together,” the insider adds.
“Her friends and family are afraid history will repeat itself, but sometimes it feels like there’s no talking sense into her,” the source concludes.
As OK! previously reported, Hickerson arrived at the Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles on Friday, May 7, to serve his sentence after being arrested on charges of domestic violence and assault against his ex.
He was sentenced to 45 days in jail after pleading no contest on Tuesday, April 20, to two felony counts of injuring a spouse or girlfriend. He was also arrested on six other counts, which included battery, assault with a deadly weapon and dissuading a witness, but they were all dismissed.
In addition to jail time, Hickerson was sentenced to four years of formal probation, 52 domestic violence classes and $500 in restitution.
The former flames reconnected in early July as OK! learned the duo partied it up with a group of friends in West Hollywood, Calif.
A pal close to the Nashville star spilled, "Hayden is open to forgiving Brian and starting a new chapter,” despite her loved ones warning her not to. “Hayden has a huge heart and wants to see the best in everyone.”