Hayden confirms engagement

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere has confirmed she is engaged.

Rumours the actress is set to wed heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko began circulating in March, with claims he had secretly popped the question.

Hayden was then spotted out with a diamond ring on her finger, but still didn’t make an announcement.

She appeared on US TV show Live! with Kelly and Michael today, again wearing the band – along with a boa constrictor draped around her neck.

“I’m sort of distracted, not just by the snake, but there’s a very large diamond ring on your finger,” host Kelly Ripa admitted. “I’m not sure if you want to announce anything‚Ķ does that signify anything, is that a promise of something?”

A bashful Hayden replied: “I mean, I think it speaks for itself… I am [engaged]!”

The 24-year-old star added she and her fianc√© haven’t started planning a wedding yet as she is so busy with her country music TV show Nashville.

Hayden and Wladimir began dating in 2009 but split two years later. They reunited in January and it has been claimed she accepted his proposal just a couple of months later.

“Very few people know, and she isn’t wearing her ring publicly yet,” a source said in March.

The actress has previously admitted finding it amazing that people are so interested in her love life. Before she confirmed she was back with her boxer beau earlier this year there was a great deal of speculation about their relationship as they were seen on dates together.

“It’s like the 2.0 version,” she told Glamour magazine of their romance. “I’ve always had great relationships and stayed really good friends with the guys I’ve dated. It blows my mind sometimes that us getting together has gotten so much attention. It’s like, ‘Really? This is breaking news?’”

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