Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka share their love story
January 19th, 2012
01:58 PM ET

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka share their love story

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.

The couple, who are also parents to one-and-a-half-year-old twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, share their "love story" in the February issue of Out magazine.

"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.

And now that same-sex marriage is legal in New York, the engaged pair are looking forward to the day when they can go from calling each other "partner" to "husband."

"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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  8. Seriously

    We black guys are so gay that he lost his girlfriend to one

    January 20, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Richard Fore

    That's fukkin' stupid. NPH is one of the most sought after stars in Hollywood these days. Why would he do it just for publicity? Maybe he just likes it an-al like I do.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nighthhaaawk

    They both have the public fooled. Both are secretly straight. They are doing it under the "Any publicity is good publicity" rule.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. LoJenk

    January 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cyndi Lynch

    They are very sweet and I love the picture so much, bravo to the photographer on that one, it's beautiful. Also they both rocked in Harold & Kumar Save Christmas, I love it when people can make fun of themselves. Neil oh Neil would you every love me, the world may never know. 🙂

    January 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Neil oh Neil would you every love me"

      Uh, correct me if I'm wrong here, but Neil is a bone smuggler. There is no chance of him loving you Cyndi.

      Unless you are a man named Cyndi.

      January 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyndi

      Yes I know that, I was being sarcastic as in ha ha.

      January 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard Fore

    Can't we just focus on the attractive, happy couple? I hope to find the happiness those too special studs share.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Magic Stick

    @Magic Marker...that's an awful thing to say and has absolutely nothing at all to do with the story. I honestly wonder what black people did to make them such outcasts. Murder? Robbery? Okay. In ever race you'll find murderers and robbers but why constantly single out the blacks? I unfortunately made a mistake before on a post and thought someone was white because they said something negative about a black person. I was wrong. It was a latin. That being said, I won't generalize you. But I will say i hope a black person breaks both of your kneecaps and knock out a couple of your teeth. Then you'll have a valid reason to say such nasty things. Honestly, in this day and age people are still saying things like that.

    January 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "and knock out a couple of your teeth"

      If that happened, he could get one of those cool gold grills just like all the black guys have.

      January 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lamont


    January 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ericbrett73

      Never allow yourself to be become just what your trying to fight against...a racist by default. Rise above brother, rise above.

      January 20, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. JuneCleaversBeaver

    Ok if you're gonna get married you both can't be the husband. You need to pick which one is the wife. Typically this done by selecting the most flamboyant one.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Please tell me you are merely being snarky. You can't be that ignorant in this day and age. Not unless your IQ is in the double digits, or you get all your news from Fox.

      January 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Superhiro

    Man... do people really hate blacks so much that they have to bring them up in a thread where they aren't even mentioned just so they can make racist comments? That's soooooo pathetic.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • RZ70

      Classic misplaced aggression. You can take your pick at root cause, which I would normally encourage, but I try not to make fun of the emotionally stunted.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Surprised

      Anonymity makes many a coward truly brave.

      February 9, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  18. jimmy

    They are just light skinned. Both are really black as the ace of spades.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. magic marker

    Plus they never use deodorant or take baths. There are 4 of them in one of my classes. They stink up the whole room. It makes it hard to concentrate when we are taking test. They shoildnt let black animals go to school anyways. They cant learn and can barely even talk.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeannie

      Based on how you wrote this pathetic excuse of a comment, you're about as intelligent as a rock....You're wasting your money on school and every teacher you've ever had should have their degrees revoked.

      January 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cory

      Magic, they sure have your attention, is there something you're trying to tell us?

      January 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Incredulous

      You've had more than a day of education? You hide it well!

      February 9, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  20. Les

    neither NPH or his BF are black, not that it matters.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Cletis

    Okay, I understand the low britches now too. TY for that information.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. magic marker

    Blacks are noted for their gayrocity. They wera their pants low like that so they will always be ready for action.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Cletis

    I didnt know all black guys are gay.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jimmy

    Why are all black guys gay? These 2 are so light skinned they would almost pass as whites. Dang gay hoodies.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |

    SO GAY

    January 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Richard Fore

    I had a special night with these two guys.

    January 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |

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