The petite "Scream" star and her towering boxer boyfriend have ended their tabloid-fodder relationship.
The visually peculiar pair - she's a 21 year-old sunny, 5' 2" blonde starlet and he's a 35 year-old hulking 6' 5" Ukranian heavyweight champion - turned heads and fed endless rumors during their brief time together (they began dating two years ago). Panettiere even admitted on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" that the most frequent fan question she gets is how, exactly, the couple manage their physical differences in the bedroom.
"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,"Panettiere tells People, regarding the split.
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Klitschko, who was last seen with Panettiere at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the documentary about himself and his brother, Vitali called "Klitschko," admitted that it wasn't so much the physical differences that separated them, but the physical distance.
"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."