Hayden Panettiere: Engaged to Wladimir Klitschko! For Real!

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Hayden Panettiere is engaged to Wladimir Klitschko, she confirmed today after her diamond ring (and a giant snake) stole the show on Kelly & Michael.

"I'm sort of distracted, not just by the snake, but there's a very large diamond ring on your finger," host Kelly Ripa pointed out as Hayden, 24, grinned.

"I'm not sure if you want to announce anything," she went on.

"Does that signify anything, is that a promise of something?"

Panettiere at first played coy, telling Ripa and cohost Michael Strahan that it "might" mean something. "I mean, I think it speaks for itself," she said.

When Ripa asked the former Heroes star point-blank if she was indeed engaged to Wladimir Klitschko, her longtime love, Panettiere finally relented.

"I am!" she said.

Panettiere and Olympic boxing champion Klitschko, 37, first met in 2009 at a book party and dated for two years before calling off their relationship.

The duo reunited this past spring, however, and have been on the fast track ever since, with engagement rumors running rampant for months.

"It's like the 2.0 version," she previously told Glamour.

"I've always had great relationships and stayed good friends with the guys I've dated. It blows my mind that us getting back together has gotten so much attention."

"It's like, Really? This is breaking news?"

According to Panettiere, the pair hasn't set a date or made any immediate plans for a wedding just yet due to her busy Nashville filming schedule.

Still, Wlad has locked her down for life. Congratulations!

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Hayden Panettiere Biography

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Hayden Panettiere is a pretty and talented young star. You might know her from Heroes, though she has also starred in more than a dozen... More »
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Birthplace
Palisades, New York
Full Name
Hayden Leslie Panettiere