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Hayden Panettiere Engaged To Wladimir Klitschko

Jillian Morabito |
October 9, 2013 | 12:52 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

The happy couple (via @Yapertsphere).
The happy couple (via @Yapertsphere).
Hayden Panettiere confirmed on “Live with Kelly and Michael” that she is engaged to boxer Wladimir Klitschko. 

The 24-year-old “Nashville” star appeared on the talk show with not only a boa constrictor, but also a rather large diamond on her hand. 

"I'm sort of distracted, not just by the snake, but there's a very large diamond ring on your ring finger," said Kelly Ripa. "I'm not sure if you want to announce anything. Does that signify anything? Is that a promise of something?" 

The former “Heroes” star responded, “It might be. I mean, I think it speaks for itself." 

She then confirmed the pending nuptials when Kelly asked her directly. 

There have been rumors that the star has been engaged for the past month ever since Panettiere was spotted wearing a ring at LAX last month.

37-year-old Klitschko met Panettiere at a book party in 2009. 

The couple dated for two years before breaking up in May 2011. They reconciled last spring. 

Panettiere told Glamour magazine: "It's like the 2.0 version. I've always had great relationships and stayed really good friends with the guys I've dated. It blows my mind sometimes that us getting together has gotten so much attention. It's like, Really? This is breaking news?"

She even went on to spill about how she wants to be a mother: "I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother. Sometimes people speak about [having kids] like, 'Your life ends—you’re never going to be able to do anything again!' And I’m like, 'What are you talking about?' Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life. I would sacrifice having more years of being wherever I want whenever I want for years with my kids."

This is the first marriage for both.  

The boxing champ (via @BoxingNewsED).
The boxing champ (via @BoxingNewsED).
Here are 7 fun facts about Panettiere’s new fiancé: 

1. Klitschko is from the Ukraine.

2. The boxer is 6’6, yet Panettiere’s is 5’2.  

3. He made a cameo in the 2001 hit, “Ocean’s Eleven” 

4. The athlete even has a Ph.D in Sport’s Science. 

5. Vitali Klitschko, his older brother, is a famous boxer as well. 

6.  Klitschko is the second longest reigning Heavyweight Campion. He is tied with Muhammad Ali. 

7. Klitschko auctioned off his gold medal from the 1996 Olympics to donate the money to Ukrainian children. The medal sold for $1 million. 

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