The Tall And The Short Of Hayden And Wladimir

'Nashville's' Hayden
Panettiere talks Mel Gibson.
They say opposites attract.

After reconciling in January, Hayden Panettiere, 23, and her boxer beau Wladimir Klitschko, 37, are apparently set to take that next step and say “I do,” according to Us Weekly.

Despite their hard-to-miss height and age differences, these two are proof positive that love can overcome any (outward) obstacle. In fact, this dating duo are more alike than you’d think.

The Nashville star first fell in love with the Ukranian boxing champ in spring 2009, leaving fans scratching their heads at the couple’s more than one-foot height discrepancy (she’s 5’2, he’s 6’6!).

In April 2011, the pint-size beauty even had a TMI moment, revealing to Ellen DeGeneres that their vertical challenge doesn’t impede upon what goes on in the bedroom.

“He is quite a bit bigger than me. I get the prudest people come up to me, and they’re like ‘does it work?’

“Yeah, it works! We find a way. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”

The two publicly reconciled in January after splitting up for two years when they were caught partaking in some major PDA action at a basketball game in Miami on March 25.

And whoever says a long distance relationship can’t succeed, should just ask Panettiere, who followed her heart halfway across the world — to Dubai! — to be with her main squeeze. As exclusively reported by Celebuzz, the two were seen getting cozy during a shopping trip at the Mall of The Emirates less than a week after she split with her boyfriend of more than a year, New York Jets wide receiver Scotty McKnight.

And while the towering boxer looks like he’s just a menacing heavyweight, he’s actually quite the strategist… and a softie at heart. Klitschko is an avid chess player, who’s participated in numerous tournaments around the world, and unlike his rumored thespian fiancee, he’s a bit on the shy side. 

The cute couple also take their celebrity — and charity — very seriously. While Panettiere focuses most of her humanitarian efforts working with Save the Whales, Klitschko has won multiple United Nations awards for his work with children in impoverished Africa and South America.

While Panettiere’s rep has yet to confirm the news of any impending nuptials, it’s easy to see why you can’t always judge a book, or a couple, by their cover.

Do you think Panettiere and Klitschko would make the perfect husband and wife? Weigh in below.

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