Neil Patrick Harris welcomes twins
October 18th, 2010
08:53 AM ET

Neil Patrick Harris welcomes twins

Neil Patrick Harris has just taken on his most challenging role to date: fatherhood.

The "How I Met Your Mother" star announced over the weekend that he and partner David Burtka, 35, welcomed twins into their family, and there have been quite a few teary eyes around their home ever since.

"Babies!! On 10/12, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace entered the Burtka-Harris fold," the actor tweeted on October 15. "All of us are happy, healthy, tired, and a little pukey."

And perhaps a little frazzled. Two days later, Harris, 37, revealed that he was still adjusting to the babies' bawling.

"Youngsters. They cry a lot," he wrote. "I thought it was just a long bit that they were doing. I keep saying, 'Annnnd, scene!'... but nothing happens."

But "How I Met Your Mother" co-star Alyson Hannigan, 36, told People magazine she has watched Harris interact with her 19-month-old daughter Satyana and says there's no question that he and Burtka will excel at their new gig.

"Without a doubt they will be wonderful dads who are going to love their little babies so much," she said. "Those are going to be two lucky babies."

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  1. Wayne Martin

    Check Doctor NPH advising Jimmy K in his new hottie body video –

    March 19, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Communigorging

    I dont mean to veer off topic but anyone else see NPHon Jimmy Kimmel few nights back?! hahahaha sooo great!

    March 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jon

    While I'm not going to pass any judgment on this couple bringing raising children, I'm still curious as far as how the babies were conceived in the first place. Is it normal for a parent to give up twins for adoption?

    December 28, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. R Gertsons

    Hahha haha!

    Who's gonna teach those boys not to play with dolls and put on make up!

    This is so messed up

    December 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CJ

    Good for them!

    On another note, I don't think it's possible for them to look more adorable together. They look so happy!

    October 27, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chris Hetzelt-Pretzel

    A political angle- Since April with the oil spill, I sensed that the

    contamination was symbolic of the corrosion and poisoning of America's

    optimism. I bring it up because I see this connected to the 2010

    election with the fear and anger in voter's wallets. People are

    turning their backs on who they believed in two years ago. Gut

    feelings on style (the magic measurement) – did we not want an

    academic person, in reaction to G.W. Bush. Oh, boy – kicking

    around the abstract.

    October 26, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris Hetzelt-Pretzel

    – It's not paranoia, the woman has bionic hearing. Oh, I'm on

    the net. Um, lab coats are brilliant yes, but they play with

    mice, o.k. If anyone cares, my thinking on HIV-1 : Gonna have

    to change the keyes to the door locks. HIV-1 envelope/cover is

    designed by CD-4 human cell membranes that have been invaded

    and then they form on the way out. So looking at possible lipid

    rearrangement of envelope spikes through heat conduction by copper's

    ability to fuse bonds of different molecules. Now, it's make or break

    – Chemical and physical properties of copper; Heat of fusion: 13.05kj/

    mol. Thermal conductivity: 4.01 W/cmk. – My medical qualifications ah,

    thinking outside the box with fresh eyes and a computer as my tutor.

    My wish: That we are about done with AIDS. Thank you.

    October 24, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chris Hetzelt-Pretzel

    People who are obsessed with the familiar like traditions and seem to

    fear change. Nothing wrong with a comfort zone, but resistance to

    social shifts makes a rift in progress. The meaning of family to

    hard-liners seems to not budge. What is it?

    A Monk? – If we could all the saints would, drop the physicality

    mentality as my therapist suggests for me. Though my halo is

    slippin', don't be trippin'. Spiritual self-talk to consider.

    October 23, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Melissa

    I was raised by a lesbian mother and her partner and you know what? I had a wonderful and loving upbringing. My father was a drug addict and an abuser. I suppose my mother should have stayed with him, then my life would have been moral and "right". Get a clue bigots. Love comes in all forms and if you think you are somehow better than those of LGBT community because you're straight, you're flat out wrong. You should stop worrying about others are living their lives and worry about the hatred brewing in your heart. That's a blackness only you can remove. I feel sorry for you and pray you can come to love your neighbor as God has asked of you.
    Congratulations to the new Dads and to the two very lucky and very wanted little boys who have a new and wonderful life to look to now.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    Congratulations to them. And that David Burtka is quite dashing.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ashley

    I don't care what any of you haters say, I'm so happy for them! They've wanted children for a long time, and I know those babies will be fiercely loved. It doesn't matter if a child has two dads or just one, as long as he or she is raised in a loving family, who cares?

    And PS, my dad's gay, and I think he's the best dad in the world! 🙂

    October 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dk

    Well it's so sad that people think being gay is ok, it's not cause it states that plainly in the BIBLE. Bringing up children in this confussed world is hard enough but when you have gay's trying to make something normal that's not just does not mix at all. I'm sorry I know there are a lot of gay's in this world but that does not mean it's morally right and God DOES NOT APPROVE no matter what you all say....plain and very simple it's just wrong

    October 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Why would be people base their life and morals on a sci fi book that preaches hate? Its just a fantasy you are living in, try joining the real world and stop preaching hate

      October 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      Seems like the only one 'confussed' is you...

      October 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Dk, you need to come off of your high horse and repent of your sinful judgmentalness. We are all God's children made in His image, no matter who you are.

      October 19, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. hmmm...

    I feel bad for the kids... I hope they will be okay growing up with their parent's lifestyle.. I know a girl that had to be hospitalized because she was always teased that she had two moms... Good Luck!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Feel bad for the kids teasing her. I wish they had better parents.

      October 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dreamer99

    His partner is so yummy, what a mismatched couple lol but congrats to them.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. beenz

    I'd rather see a child/children welcomed by a loving gay couple than a psycho straight couple. Witness what happened with that poor little kid in North Carolina, most likely done away with by her stepmom, who met her dad over the internet. These children were wanted, and will be well taken care of.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  16. sunsohot

    Congrats to the happy dads!!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. TM

    I don't see how any kid can grow up and be normal if they have only 2 daddys or 2 mommys let me guess you will expect them to be gay too. It doesn't matter what mindset some of you have about some straight people it doesn't mean that we all beat our kids or let preist do things to them. You all need to get a clue!!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      You see TM? That is their ONLY argument. They have to compare their perverted lifestyle with something worse to make them look good. Sorry folks, that does not work.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      So straight people can only raise 'normal' kids? Please. Keep in mind that it's you straights popping out us LGBT folk. I didn't know one transgender person growing up but I still turned into a qu##r transboy!
      Get a clue!

      October 19, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • TM

      It all makes since now Frank.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Keep your sarcasm. It'll make even more sense when you get over your bigotry.

      October 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TM

      Yeah ok and it will all make since to you come judgment day when you realize what you are doing. Or not doing.

      October 20, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      So now you're claiming to be God and knowing the state of my soul, TM? Such arrogance! You have no right to be telling people if they are damned or not. What do you think the whole 'thou shall not judge' thing was getting at?

      October 21, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • TM

      No I never said I was GOD even though you think that somewhere I did. NEway no one is judging just different beliefs and we will always have them. Lets agree to disagree and move on. GOD BLESS!

      October 26, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  18. Lou

    Hope he raises the like the NPH in Harold and Kumar.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. El Jefe

    That's ghey...

    October 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. thumperfeets

    Those babies came from women. A friendly game of tummy sticks or muffin bump wont keep the population going.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • HateMuch

      I can think of one member of the population that doesn't need to keep going.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thats right

      IRREFUTABLE LOGIC: If everyone was gay, humanity would die out. Our species is all about preservation of life. Being gay is against our very nature.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. bob

    Please. Look at them! You really think these are going to be 2 lucky babies. Highly unlikley.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. markiejoe

    Finally, some great names for the babies! (Enuf with the Apples already.) Congrats to Neil and David.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. bes

    Congrats!!!!! I'm an MSW with 23 years in the field and I wish some of my clients had had two stable individuals in their lives. For myself, I was a child raised by a single mom, I wish I would have had a dad that was as loving and committed to parenting as these two appear to be. If we professionals just look at what is best for these two infants than why should anyone care what gender they are? My best to this family.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • WOW

      Well Bes, you said it right there: You wish your father was around, not some other woman. In order for a child to develop normally you need a mother AND a father. This is why children of single-parent households do have difficulty. You cannot have a mother and a chicken. A father and a postage stamp. Three mothers and a goat. It just does NOT WORK. Studies prove this as well if you care to even research it but I am sure you are too stubborn to accept facts.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  24. sunshine

    Congrats to them. That is wonderful to hear. I'm loving their names Gideon and Harper very stong names. I hope one day me and my lady will have a baby soon.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • moonshine

      Strong names coming from two limp-wrist parents. Yeah, they will turn out normal.

      I can't wait for 15 years from now when all of these kids born of gay parents are doing drugs and drinking because their parents were too selfish to teach them morals and what a NATURAL relationship is like.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bamabon

      Congrats to the fathers. And please moonshine, are you serious. Like straight parents are teaching morals. Most of us are being raised by straight parents and we have 50% divorce, many addictions, illigitimate children left and right. Nurturing loving environments can happen with all types of parents.

      October 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      "Strong names coming from two limp-wrist parents. Yeah, they will turn out normal.

      I can't wait for 15 years from now when all of these kids born of gay parents are doing drugs and drinking because their parents were too selfish to teach them morals and what a NATURAL relationship is like."

      Can you please explain why it is that 99% of all gay, alcoholic and drug addicted children come from straight parents?

      October 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. adam

    I am sure they will be fine parents , but when NPH asks that the press respect his privacy, than continues to "tweet" about the kids, his request becomes silly. If he wants privacy for his children, than keep all of it "private' You can't pick and choose with the press....they won't abide by that

    October 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      It's "then" tweets

      "than continues to "tweet" about the kids"

      than is a comparison (more than ________) then describes a series of events or actions

      October 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. irongoat

    NPH has a huuuuge forhead. just sayin.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  27. BJ

    Besides, if the kids are screwed up, it's because their parents are famous, not because they're gay.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJ IS DUMB

      No. It will be because they are gay, famous, and live the hollywood lifestyle. They will be in a rehab facility at age 10. You'll see.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |

      Seriously BJ IS DUMB, you are an idiot

      October 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  28. izamom1st

    Awesome!!! Congrats on the arrival of your new babies!

    October 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Greg

    That's awesome, congrats to both of them. And don't forget.... NPH has prior experience as a doctor..... 😉

    October 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  30. cheefsfury


    October 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  31. shannon

    Great for you guys. Hope you have a great time raising them. I agree, leave them alone. Dont hate cause a gay man wouldnt flirt with you. They got good taste. Lol. I hope more gay and lesbiens will adopt! They rock as parents. Love yall!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  32. shannon

    I say awesome. I am hoping my friend and his husband adopt soon because theyll be excellent parents. Why do people have to hate on each other? They aint saying or doing nothing tword you. I think people hate on others cause they know a gay or lesbian wouldnt hit on them! I love all yall!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • sadie

      @Shannon: We love you, too, babygirl! 😀 No room for hate in this already hard life. Such an uplifting message! thank you!

      October 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Sean

    Congrats to the happy couple!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • EW


      October 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      EW wouldn't think it was "Disgusting!" if she or he was adopted into all that money.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • EW

      So, that is what you think makes a happy family huh? My parents did not have alot of money growing up but you know what they did have? GOOD MORALS. They raised me with something you cannot put a price tag on. You are a really sad person if you think MONEY will create a happy family. Is that why you are so screwed up?

      October 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Well of course. Money can buy anything, including you EW...Ed Wood.....ha!

      "Money is the root of all evil"

      October 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • About that

      I agree with Sean!
      Congrats guys!
      I'm so excited for them! I think they will make great fathers, and those twins will be well loved! 😀

      October 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      @EW – seems like your parents missed tolerance in their teachings of good morals. It looks like they also forgot to teach the "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" lesson as well.

      October 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miguel

      EW, thanks for making the social debate so wonderfully clear. "Morals," as you exemplify them, are expressed through judgmentalism, intolerance, rudeness, and hostility; those you deem "immoral," such as Neil Patrick Harris and his partner, are "immoral" because of their love, their partnership, their loyalty and their emphasis on family. (Pssst.. hint: you've got it backwards.)

      October 19, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • katie

      Ew- Apparently they did not raise you with good manners. And you have no idea what morals these two men have. You can only judge them by one thing; you define them by one thing that describes them. Maybe you should let your parents know they failed to raise a child with good manners and an open mind.

      October 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      Apparently their moral's weren't so great if they raised you to be a bigot.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  34. awh come on

    Tsk tsk tsk.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |

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