Hayden Panettiere is facing rumors that she and her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko are tying the knot, but the actress insists she’s not engaged yet.
The Nashville star addressed the marriage rumors this weekend at an appearance at the Billboard Music Awards. Hayden attended with Klitschko, but walked the red carpet alone.
When a reporter asked Panettiere about the engagement rumors, she have a quick but not entirely decisive answer.
“No ring,” she said, holding up her hand.
The non-answer may have been by design. By answering in neither the affirmative or negative, Panettiere addressed the rumor without committing one way or another.
Reports that Panettiere and Klitschko were engaged came out a few months ago.
“Very few people know, and she isn’t wearing her ring publicly yet,” the source told Us Weekly back in March.
Panettiere had said that she and the 37-year-old boxer were “just buddies, but they were then seen kissing at a recent Miami Heat game. The diminutive actress and towering boxer had already broke up once before, in May 2011. They only stayed apart for a short time, and within four months were back together.
Hayden said that she preferred dating athletes since they aren’t too far removed from her acting world.
“I like [dating athletes]. It’s been a really cool thing, because they’re in similar circles, where they understand the schedule, the work ethic, the social aspect, but they’re not exactly in your industry, so it works out well, Panettiere explained.
Panettiere did clear something else up during her Billboard. She said the rumors of a Nashville live tour aren’t true … or particularly realistic.
“I’m kind of confused as to when they think that’s going to happen,” she said. “We shoot from the end of July to the end of April.”
Panettiere has faced other rumors recently. There were reports that she had gotten breast implants after a Glamour bikini photo shoot showed what appeared to be ripples in her bikini, supposedly a telltale sign of augmentation. She did not comment on the rumors.