June 3rd, 2011
12:11 PM ET
Despite recently being photographed with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, Hayden Panettiere insists she hasn't scored herself a new boyfriend.
"I swear I'm not dating him at all. Honestly. I'm a huge Jets fan and became very good friends with him and his buddies," she tells Us Weekly. "There's genuinely, absolutely nothing going on. I've always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends. I'm into sports so we have a lot in common, but no, definitely 100 percent not dating."
Panettiere, who previously dated heavyweight boxing champ Wladmir Klitschko and "Heroes" co-star Milo Ventimiglia, isn't surprised by the rumors that she's seeing Sanchez.
"Every person that I stand next to in this industry is a guy I'm going to be linked to— that's just inevitably the way it goes," she says.
The "Scream 4" actress adds that she would be honest with her fans if she and the sports star actually were an item.
"It's too much energy most of the time to keep it hidden. So when I say we're just friends, I mean it!" she says. "Time will tell if I'm lying, but I'm 100 percent not! He's a great dude and he's a great football player and he's a Jets player, which I love."
From around the web
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.