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‘Nashville’ Star Hayden Panettiere Splits With Scotty McKnight

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Actress and singer Hayden Panettiere has reportedly broken up with her boyfriend of a year and a half, former New York Jets wide receiver Scotty McKnight.

Us magazine reports that the 23-year-old star of ABC’s ‘Nashville‘ and McKnight, 24, ended their relationship recently due to “distance and different personalities.” Panettiere has been living in Nashville while filming her show on location, and even recently released her first country single.

An unnamed source tells TMZ that the breakup was amicable and the couple are still friendly, adding, “They will probably be back together sometime down the road.”

McKnight was the second professional athlete the young actress has dated. The pair were first seen in public together just weeks after Panettiere broke up with boxer Wladimir Klitschko. But that doesn’t mean non-athletic guys need not apply now that she’s single again.

“See, I date two athletes and then people assume I only like athletes, but if I dated all actors, people wouldn’t say anything,” Panettiere told Us in 2011. “But I like it. It’s been a really cool thing because they’re in similar circles, where they understand the schedule, the work ethic, the social aspect, but they’re not exactly in your industry, so it works out well.”

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