Certain Hollywood couples give us hope when it comes to the concept of everlasting love between two famous people. Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka are an example of one such couple. But pray tell… How did that magic start? How did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka meet? They owe it all to walking in New York and meeting up with friends.
At the time they met, Neil Patrick Harris was single with no expectations of meeting someone, he told Out magazine. “I remember being in my mid-twenties, lying in bed thinking… that the rest of my life would be solo.”
On the flip-side, David Burtka was in a long-distance relationship that wasn’t going so well. “I was in another relationship when I met Neil and was doing the long-distance, New York-to-LA thing. It was sort of on the rocks. Long distance is so hard,” he told the magazine.
“We began hanging out with other people, and we had a lunch or so, but nothing romantic. I thought he was adorable, though, with these amazing blue eyes that are just hypnotizing to me,” Burtka said.
According to the couple’s interview with Out, a week after Burtka became single, he and Harris had their first formal date, going to see “Taking Lives” starring Angelina Jolie. Immediately after their first date, the couple started “hanging out every single night, and after three months, it was just non-stop,” Burtka said. “We talk on the phone at least eight times a day and text at least 25 times a day. We are, in a way, very codependent. He’s my lifeline, in an amazing way. Without him, I can’t breathe.”
According to an interview given by the couple to Architectural Digest, Harris and Burtka first met in New York more than a decade ago, and they moved to L.A. together when Harris landed the role of wisecracking ladies’ man Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother.
“I assumed the show would be a short chapter,” Harris says. The sitcom was a smash, though, and they stayed in California for nearly ten years. “But the plan was always to come back to New York when the show ended and raise our family.” Burtka also appeared in various episodes of How I Met Your Mother. You may remember him as Lily’s ex-boyfriend, Scooter.
Harris and Burtka could be considered one of the highest-profile gay couples in Hollywood, but now they are also two of the highest-profile parents in Hollywood, having welcomed twins in 2010.
According to The Huffington Post, Burtka had said, “If he (Harris) hadn’t wanted kids, I don’t think we’d be together. I always thought that family was the most important thing in life, and no matter what I do, whether being a chef or an actor or a dancer, being a dad is what I do best.”
Harper and Gideon were born on October 23, 2010, via surrogate, involving two embryos, one for each of the kids. Burtka and Harris had both wanted kids their entire lives, but the two still took their time to think this decision out financially and emotionally.
The happy couple officially announced their engagement in 2011, after New York legalized gay marriage.
“It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!!” Harris Tweeted at the time. “David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We’ve been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date.”
After 3 years of their engagement, the happy couple, who have a twin daughter and son, tied the knot in Italy, one of the most popular destination wedding locations in the world in September 2014. Harris himself shared the hilarious and clever Tweet confirming their wedding.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) September 8, 2014
It has been 5 years since the couple got married and they are living We couldn’t be happier for the family and wish them an eternity full of happiness, smiles, laughter, and good health.
Source – architecturaldigest.com, theinsider.com, brides.com, thehuffingtonpost.com, screenrant.com