Hayden Panettiere Says She’s Not Dating Kevin Connolly

Sorry, celebrity-relationship rumormongers; despite what you may have heard, Heroes cheerleader Hayden Panettiere, 20, is not dating Entourage actor Kevin Connolly, 35.

The scuttlebutt about a possible relationship began last week, after Hayden and The Man They Call E were seen chatting at HBO’s post-Emmys party. But as it turns out, it was just a case of old friends catching up at an industry soiree.

Panettiere tells Just Jared:

“I’ve known Kevin for so long. You can’t have friends with the opposite sex. It’s so funny. We’re just friends.”

After break-ups with Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia and British TV personality Steve Jones, Panettiere was rumored to be dating restaurateur Harry Morton last month.

Tell us in the comments section: Who do you think would be the ideal man for Hayden?