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Hayden Panettiere Splits With Longtime Boyfriend Wladmir Klitschko! So Sad!

Thu, May 12, 2011 2:00pm EDT by William Earl 1 Comment
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Hayden and her boxing champ beau blame distance for the breakup.

Hayden Panettiere and Wladmir Klitschko, the Ukrainian heavyweight boxing champion she’s dated for two years, have split.

Wladmir, 35, blames the fact that they work and live on different sides of the world as the driving force behind their breakup, he tells People.

“We had a great time together, but it’s not that easy to manage a relationship between two continents,” he says. “I have a lot of respect for Hayden as a person and as a friend, and I believe we’ll keep our friendship even after the separation.”

Hayden is hoping the breakup won’t change the fact that they care about each other.

“Even though we’ve decided splitting up is best for both of us, we have an amazing amount of love and respect for each other and remain very close friends,” she says.

We’re sad this great couple broke up, but at least they have a positive attitude about the split!

— William Earl

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