Hayden Panettiere Is Engaged to Wladimir Klitschko

From left: Hayden Panettiere, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan

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updated 10/09/2013 AT 12:05 PM ET

originally published 10/09/2013 AT 11:30 AM ET

It’s official, Hayden Panettiere is tying the knot.

The Nashville star, 24, confirmed her engagement to her world heavyweight champion boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko on Wednesday’s LIVE with Kelly and Michael.

After flashing some major bling on her ring finger over the summer, the actress had remained mum on the status of her relationship with Klitschko, 37.

But when Panettiere appeared for her interview wearing a live boa constrictor in hopes of frightening Michael Strahan, who is terrified of snakes, Kelly Ripa found her sparkler a lot more interesting.

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

“It might be … I mean, I think it speaks for itself,” Panettiere responded.

“Are you engaged?” Ripa replied.

“I am,” Panettiere answered.


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