Hayden Panettiere Engaged to Wladimir Klitschko

9:16 AM PST 10/09/2013 by The Associated Press
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Hayden Panettiere, Wladimir Klitschko

The "Nashville" star confirmed the news on "Live with Kelly and Michael."

NEW YORK (AP) — Nashville star Hayden Panettiere is confirming her engagement to Olympic boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

Appearing on Wednesday's Live with Kelly and Michael, the 24-year-old actress was flashing a large diamond ring that prompted host Kelly Ripa to inquire what it might signify.

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Panettiere confirmed she's engaged as the studio audience cheered. She added that she and longtime boyfriend Klitschko haven't set a wedding date.

Panettiere made her entrance on the show wearing a huge, live boa constrictor meant to startle host Michael Strahan, who is not a snake fancier.

Clearly Panettiere's ring, and big news, upstaged even her pet reptile.

On ABC's Nashville, Panettiere plays scheming up-and-coming country music star Juliette Barnes.

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