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Hayden Panettiere on Dating Older Men and If She’s Back With Wlad

Hayden Panettiere’s Nashville character, Juliette Barnes, has slept with dudes twice her age and an athlete within a couple years of her own. But in real life, um, she does pretty much the same thing. Hayden is currently linked to Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko who, at 36, has 13 years on the 23-year-old actress. And just like that time that Juliette married that Christian football player just so she could hit that, well, Hayden once dated Scotty McKnight. Just sayin’...

In an interview with The Telegraph, she talks about whether all the older dudes (Milo Ventimiglia was 30 when she was 18...) are just a coincidence or if it’s an on purpose sorta thing. It makes sense that she pairs up with older guys, considering she told the British mag that she feels like she’s in her “mid-thirties, probably.” So, the May-December thing is more of like a mental December-December perfection, then, eh?

“It was never a case of me making a decision, saying, ‘I want to date older men,’” she explains. “But I am drawn to people who make me up my game, who bring me up to their level. I want to be with somebody who is more worldly than me, somebody who can give me guidance and is completely secure and comfortable with who they are.”

So, is she actually with the giant boxer, or is that just more fodder? Hayden is notorious for saying that all her man mates are “just friends” of hers. Look, no one has that many dude friends, okay? But it’s true, she says, they are indeed back together.

“People think it seems very strange from the outside, then they see the inner workings of it, and they understand it,” she explains of her relationship with the pro athlete. “But I didn’t become an actor to put it out there for the world to judge. The fact is, I’m happy, and that’s all that matters.” Sounds like something Juliette would say...

Source: The Telegraph

03.19.2013 / 07:50 AM EDT by Julia Wayne
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