We’ve been speculating for months about whether pint-sized Nashville star Hayden Panettiere is really engaged to her ginormous beau, Wladimir Klitschko, and now we have the answer: YES!

On the October 9 episode of Live With Kelly & Michael, the Juliette Barnes portrayer took the stage with a huge accessory — and no, we’re not talking about the boa constrictor that she was sporting around her neck.

Of course, the other feisty blonde on set, Kelly, couldn’t help but probe about the bauble on Hayden’s left hand. "I'm sort of distracted, not just by the snake, but there's a very large diamond ring on your finger. I'm not sure if you want to announce anything … does that signify anything, is that a promise of something?"

The 24-year-old actress responded in just enough words to get the job done, saying “I mean, I think it speaks for itself,” before giving the two words every girl hopes to say someday: “I am.” Engaged, that is.


Famously private Hayden has been linked in the past to co-star Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), actor Kevin Connolly, and NFL player Scotty McKnight, among others. Throughout all of the rumored relationships, though, Hayden often declared that she was “just friends” with the guy in question — even when evidence seemed to suggest otherwise.

Though she and Wlad first started dating in December 2009, they broke up in May 2011 after deciding a combination of distance and career focus was to blame. Hayden then dated Scotty from July 2011 until December 2012.

In January 2013, Hayden was spotted in Dubai with her boxer ex Wlad, sparking rumors that the two were back together. In April 2013, photogs caught her accessorizing her signature teeny bikini with a diamond ring — albeit not on that all important finger.

We’re excited to hear that Nashville’s leading lady (sorry, Rayna) is going to two-step down the aisle with her longtime man friend. Now all they have to do is find a photographer than can fit 6’6” Wlad and 5’ tall Hayden in the same frame...

Source: Live With Kelly & Michael (via Us Weekly)


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