January 19th, 2012
01:58 PM ET
February 14 is still a month away, but Neil Patrick Harris and his longtime partner David Burtka are already giving us a serious case of the "aww!"'s.
"How I Met Your Mother" star Harris kicks it off, recalling how he fell for E! correspondent Burtka, 36, eight years ago.
"I was always around when he was around, hoping the stars would align...I couldn't take my eyes off him," Harris writes. "There's something kinetic about him and his being."
The actor, now 38, remembers thinking in his mid-20s that he was destined for the single life. "It's all baby steps: You have to be OK with telling your friends you're going on a date, you have to be OK with the people in your world meeting and judging them, you have to be OK with breakups. I'm infinitely grateful all those steps led to Mr. Burtka - once we started talking, we never stopped."
Burtka recalls their relationship building with the typical crescendo: A meal here, a movie there, and then "after three months, it was just nonstop," he writes in Out. He assures readers that he and Harris aren't the "perfect couple," noting that relationships take work, and there's always the bad that comes along with the good.
"I'm not the biggest fan of the word 'partner,'" Harris says. "It either means we're in business together or we're cowboys. 'Boyfriend' seems fleeting...I've been saying 'better half' for as long as I've been able to...but it would be nice to say 'my husband.'"
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