Shortly after, Ken reappears and Hayley is keen to reconnect with him but Will isn't so easily swayed and is still hostile towards him.
Ken leaves but later returns permanently and falls for Irene.
Hayley slides into a downward spiral and is nearly attacked at a nightclub one evening.
Noah Lawson (Beau Brady) is on the scene to save her and they ride off on his motorbike. After failing Year 12 due to the stress of Ken's death, Hayley decides to repeat and Noah joins her.
School principal Donald Fisher (Norman Coburn) asks her to do the illustrations for his Children's book Letter to Byron dedicated to his late son.
When the book is launched, Hayley sees a vision of Ken in the crowd.
Hayley Rose Smith (also Lawson) is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Home and Away.
She was portrayed from September 1998 to September 2005 by actress Rebecca Cartwright and from September to November 2005 by Ella Scott Lynch, after Cartwright left the show for personal reasons.Cartwright said the decision had been hard, but she found that she could not continue in the role.She explained, "I will always remember my days on Home and Away as the best of my life.But at such an important time of my life, I need more time and flexibility away from the day to day demands of the production schedule." Hayley is the daughter of Ken (Anthony Phelan) and Eve Smith (Robyn Gibbes) and the sister of Will (Zac Drayson) and Nick Smith (Matt Juarez; Chris Egan).After Eve suffers psychological problems and Ken descends into alcoholism, the children are placed in foster care.Will leaves and Hayley runs away to join him living with Irene Roberts (Lynne Mc Granger).