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Hayden Panettiere is engaged to Wladimir Klitschko

Panettiere confirmed to Ripa and Strahan on "Live" Wednesday that she's engaged to boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko.

Hayden Panettiere is engaged to Wladimir Klitschko

FILE - In this April 23, 2011 file photo released by Starpix, actress Hayden Panettiere  and boxer Wladimer Klitschko arrive at a Tribecca Film Festival screening of ìHoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil," in New York. Panettiere is confirming her engagement to Olympic boxer Wladimir Klitschko. Appearing on "Live with Kelly and Michael," Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, the 24-year-old actress was flashing a large diamond ring that prompted host Kelly Ripa to inquire what it might signify. (AP Photo/Starpix, Davre Allocca, File)
FILE - In this April 23, 2011 file photo released by Starpix, actress Hayden Panettiere and boxer Wladimer Klitschko arrive at a Tribecca Film Festival screening of ìHoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil," in New York. Panettiere is confirming her engagement to Olympic boxer Wladimir Klitschko. Appearing on "Live with Kelly and Michael," Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, the 24-year-old actress was flashing a large diamond ring that prompted host Kelly Ripa to inquire what it might signify. (AP Photo/Starpix, Davre Allocca, File) AP

We call this tale, "The Beauty, the Boxer and (unfortunately) the boa."

We're not sure what moment from Hayden Panettiere's appearance on Wednesday's "Live with Kelly and Michael" takes precedence: The fact that the "Nashville" actress walked out with a live boa constrictor around her neck to scare show co-host Michael Strahan, or that she announced she's engaged.

The 24-year-old star, who appeared on "Live" wearing a rather large snake around her neck, and sparkling diamond ring on her left ring finger, confirmed to Ripa she's getting married to her boxer boyfriend, Wladimir Klitschko, 37.

The studio audience reacted by erupting into cheers.

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Panettiere, an actress and animal rights activist (thus the snake), recently shared with Glamour, "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?"

Klitschko, meanwhile, is a heavyweight champion. He is also the younger brother of another heavyweight hitter, Vitali Klitschko. A 2011 documentary dubbed "Klitschko" told the story of the boxing world's most reputable brothers.

The couple first met in 2009 at a book party and split for awhile before getting back together last year. A wedding date has yet to be set.

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