Hayden Panettiere: I’m Still Single

After years of always having a man at her side, Hayden Panettiere is embracing her single status.

In December, the Nashville star split from boyfriend of more than a year, New York Jets wide receiver Scotty McKnight. And though they never tied the knot, breaking up in the spotlight felt no simpler than divorce.

“Yes,” she confirms to Celebuzz of being single. “It’s so interesting being in the industry where you’re with somebody, and it’s almost like getting married because it’s like signing this contract. When you split up, it’s like getting a divorce.”

And Panettiere has had her fair share of heartbreak.

Before McKnight, she dated Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko for a year. Back in 2008, she was on the arm of her Heroes costar Milo Ventimiglia, following her split from Laguna Beach alum and MTV VJ Stephen Colletti. But Panettiere, 23, has learned from the ups-and-downs of her love life.

“[In the industry], everything has to be so definite. [But] things in life aren’t that definite,” she said. “They’re ever changing and you realize as you get older that things aren’t black and white in life. Things are gray, and that’s how you want them to be. Relationships and everything. So it’s so interesting being in an industry where everything is so magnified and it has to be so defined.”

But for now, Panettiere isn’t confining herself to those rules of Hollywood. “Things aren’t defined for me,” she said. “I’m living. I love people in my life. That’s the best thing for me.”

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