HAYDEN PANETIERRE has opened up about her relationship with boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko for the first time - branding their union "an exciting experience".
The Heroes actress, 20, has been dating the 33-year-old Russian since December (09), but has kept quiet about their romance.
She was rumoured to have dumped the sporting star for her ex-boyfriend, Hard Rock Cafe heir Harry Morton, after they were spotted together in Los Angeles last month (Feb10).
Panetierre dismissed the speculation, insisting she is "just friends" with Morton - and now the petite actress has opened up about her relationship with Klitschko while supporting him at a fight in Germany over the weekend (20-21Mar10).
She says, "I've never had an athlete as a boyfriend before, and it's an exciting experience. I think it's awesome that he's so athletic, but I'm most fascinated with his intelligence. He's unbelievably clever...
"Even though I'm small, I can dish it out too. But I have to admit, I feel really protected with such a strong man by my side. Now, whenever someone's bugging me, I say: 'Look out, my boyfriend is a boxer!'"