Hayden Panettiere's Fiance Wladimir Klitschko Talks New Baby and Wedding Plans
By Antoinette Bueno
Boxer Wladimir Klitschko couldn't be happier with -- or prouder of -- his fiancée, Nashville star Hayden Panettiere.
The 38-year-old heavyweight champion recently gushed about new mama Hayden and his newborn daughter Kaya at a press conference promoting his fight with Bryant Jennings in New York City that took place Wednesday.
"I'm so happy to have Hayden in my life," he told Us Weekly. She's the best mom I could even imagine. She's a true, amazing mom."
"She can communicate with her eyes and smile," he revealed about his adorable three-month-old daughter. "Even if you're tired and haven't slept enough, when you look at your child's eyes, [it's like], 'For you, little angel, I'm going to do everything! Literally everything.' I don't know what appreciation she's expressing but it's something like, 'Thank you for being here in my life, Dad, and being around.' It's something that gives you a boost of energy."
As for planning his upcoming wedding to the 25-year-old actress, Wladimir says that the nuptials are not as important as the fact that they now have a child together.
"Now is for now -- when people get married there are different things they promise to each other and I understand the promising part, but I think [having] children is something that connects you until the end of your days no matter what," he stressed. "And I think that, Kaya, our daughter, has connected us forever. And that's the most amazing thing. Everything else is coming, it's something that needs to be planned … but as I said, the connection with the child is better than any marriage!"
Hayden and Wladimir got together in 2009, but split in 2011 after two years of dating. They later rekindled their romance and confirmed their engagement in the spring of 2013.