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Hayden Panettiere ‘rekindles romance with ex’

Hayden Panettiere has been spotted on an apparent romantic date with her former boxer boyfriend.

The American actress dated Ukrainian heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for two years until 2011. When they split both sides blamed the long-distance aspect of their relationship and insisted they would work hard to remain friends.

The 23-year-old actress went on to date American football star Scotty McKnight, with things ending in December.

It’s now thought Hayden is back in the arms of the 36-year-old boxer after they were spotted enjoying an apparent romantic date in Florida.

TMZ has images of the pair relaxing at Taco Beach Shack, they are sharing a sofa and Wladimir has his arm around Hayden while she is clutching his hand. The pair look totally at ease with each other, with the blonde star beaming up at her supposed beau at one point.

It seems they were enjoying a relaxed date as the 6ft. 6ins. sportsman is wearing a simple checked shirt, while 5ft. 1ins Hayden is dressed in a brown leather jacket and with her hair swept from her face.

In January, Wladimir dropped Hayden at the airport near his home in Florida. It sparked speculation they might be giving things another go, although the actress tried to sweep away the rumours.

She giggled when asked if she had reconciled with her ex-boyfriend and insisted they were just “good buddies”.

When the couple were first together, Hayden admitted having a boxer boyfriend made her feel safe. She also joked she had asked him for fighting lessons, but he wasn’t too keen on the idea.

“All he taught me was, ‘Don’t ever punch anybody with a closed fist because you’ll break it.’ That’s it! I was like, ‘Come on! You’ve got to teach me! Let’s mess around!’ hitting him with playful punches and he’s like, ‘Will you stop hitting me. Why does everyone always want to hit me?’” she laughed.

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