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Does Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere Only Date Athletes?

Do you ever find yourself watching Nashville while simultaneously pretending to watch football and muse, "Wow, Hayden Panettiere totally has a thing for athletes!" This blonde bombshell is currently hooking up with Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, who she previously dated for two years before forming a love connection with New York Jets football player Scotty McKnight.

"I date two athletes and then people assume I only like athletes, but if I dated all actors, people wouldn't say anything," Hayden told Us Weekly back in 2011. "But I like it. It's been a really cool thing because they're in similar circles, where they understand the schedule, the work ethic, the social aspect, but they're not exactly in your industry, so it works out well."

Hayden's been dating athletes for the past four years, so suffice it to say girlfriend has a type –– though she doesn't rule out dating fellow actors! In fact, Hayden dated her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, as well as everyone's favorite reality TV stud, The Hills' Stephen Colletti. However, Hayden is a super-buff athlete and huge sports fan, so her attraction to athletic men is hardly surprising. "I've always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends," she told Us. "I'm into sports."

If running to the refrigerator in a hungry panic counts as a sport, that we have so much in common with Hayden right now.

Source: Us Weekly

03.3.2013 / 09:30 PM EDT by Mehera Bonner
Related: Nashville, Character Relationships, Gossip, Hayden Panettiere

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